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Mbappe surpassed Cavani and, at the age of 24, became the top scorer in Paris Saint-Germain history.

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n donatedParis Saint-Germain French Kylian Mbappe on the throne of the team’s historic achievements after helping his side to move away from direct rivals and arch-rivals Marseille by beating Nantes 4-2 in the twenty-sixth round of the French Football Championship on Saturday.

Mbappe, 24, scored less than two minutes into stoppage time to score his 201st goal for Saint-Germain in all competitions and break level with Edinson Cavani.

The club organized a small celebration after the final whistle, which included raising a large picture of Mbappe at the Parc des Princes stadium.

Mbappe said, “It’s very special that I’m here. The last time I talked about my stay here (after extending my contract) and it’s an honor for me to be the club’s all-time top scorer.

“It’s a privilege to be a Saint-Germain player and to play in this historic shirt at the biggest club in France.”

Saint-Germain, who travel to Bayern Munich next week looking to overturn a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie, went 2-0 up inside 17 minutes through Lionel Messi and John. Hatcom by mistake in his own net.

Nantes equalized before the break thanks to goals from Ludovic Blas and Ignatius Janago.

However, coach Christophe Galtier’s side scored full points after Danilo’s goal and Mbappe’s late strike took his tally to 63 points from 26 games.

Second-placed Olympique de Marseille meets Stade Rennes on Sunday.

Saint-Germain got off to a dream start after 12 minutes when Messi opened the scoring with a direct left-footed shot from Fabian Ruiz’s cross.

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Five minutes later, goalkeeper Alban Lafon blocked Nuno Mendes’ effort, but the ball hit Hadjam under pressure from Nordy Mugel to score an own goal to put the hosts 2-0 up.

But in the 31st minute, Blas curled a trick ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma to reduce the deficit, then Janako equalized seven minutes before the end of the first half.

Saint-Germain surged ahead in the last quarter of an hour, going back ahead with a header following Danilo Mbappe’s cross, the latter scoring his record goal with his left foot inside the penalty area.

Saint-Germain had a great evening, but it was marred by the substitution of Mokele with an ankle problem, while Marquinhos, the heart of the defence, went to the dressing room in the 75th minute, possibly with a back problem.

Earlier, Lens’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered another blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw with Lille.

Although Lance are currently third on 51 points after a draw, the side have only won one of their last seven league games and look threatened by rivals Monaco and Stade Rennes.

Lens Jose Fonte took the lead with an own goal and Jonathan David equalized after the break.

France 24/Reuters

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