PARIS (AP) — Lionel Messi’s vision was too much for Toulouse as he set up goals for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in a 3-0 win over French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain in Toulouse on Wednesday.
Four touches were enough for PSG to open up the Toulouse defense for the first goal in the 37th minute, with Messi tapping in the final pass to give Neymar his league-leading seventh goal in just five games.
After being denied four times by goalkeeper Maxime Dope, Messi got his fourth assist of the season when he set up Kylian Mbappe’s fifth goal.
PSG’s MNM attack of Messi-Neymar-Mbappe combined for 15 of PSG’s 21 goals in five games. It would have been more, but Dope did nine rounds.
Advanced Toulouse stayed until the 39th minute.
The goal saw midfielder Marco Verratti and Mbappe exchange passes after Messi’s first defense allowed Neymar space to direct the ball under Dope.
The goal was awarded after a video review showed Neymar was onside as the Brazil star took his tally to nine in six games, including before the French Champions Trophy.
Dope denied Messi three times in the first half, then cleared Messi’s free-kick early in the second half.
But Messi latched on to Verratti’s pass and controlled the ball expertly, before firing through Dope’s legs in the 50th to beat Mbappe.
Juan Bernat on the left after Mbappe’s shot hit the post and fell to him.
PSG lead on goal difference with all three having 13 points from Lens and Marseille.
Lens lost 5-2 to Lorient and Marseille lost to a 1-0 home win against Clermont.
The north side Lions went 2-0 up after 30 minutes with goals from forward Florian Sotoka and Wesley Said, but Nigerian forward Thirim Mofi equalized twice before Salis Abdul-Samad, Sotoka Bia, and Louis Openda scored for Lens.
At the Stade Veldrom, midfielder Pep Gueye headed in Dimitri Payet’s corner early in the second half.
In the previous game, Monaco followed up a great performance against PSG with a humiliating 4-2 loss to Troyes.
Although Monaco coach Philippe Clement wants to play attacking football his side have now conceded eight goals in two home games.
With a fine tactical display after earning a 1-1 draw at league leaders PSG on Sunday night, Monaco took an early lead through centre-back Guillermo Maripan, but then collapsed after he scored in the first half. Recently sent.
Maripan put Monaco ahead in the 10th minute through Travis, but after forward Florian Tardio equalized with Travis from the penalty spot, Maripan received a second caution for fouling Tardio.
Monaco were soon punished when forward Wilson Odobert went off injured in the first half and striker Mama Bald scored shortly after the break to make it 3-1. Midfielder Youssef Fofana pulled one back for Monaco midway through the second half but Yoann Salmire sealed it for a Troyes side coached by former Monaco defender Bruno Erles.
Elsewhere, fourth-placed Lyon remained unbeaten after a 2-1 home win against Auxerre, with goals from wide forward Tate and Karl Toko Akambi. Lyon has 10 points but has played less than the first three games.
After scoring twice in last weekend’s 7-0 win at Brest, 19-year-old forward Elie Wai scored again as fifth-placed Montpellier beat Ajaccio 2-0. Each side sent one player.
Sixth-placed Rennes beat Brest 3-1 and struggling Nice got their first win of the season with a 2-1 win at Lille.
Jonathan Bamba provided Lille for Nice striker Andy Delvert in the 20th minute, who equalized with a penalty two minutes later. New signing Nicolas Pepe, on a season-long loan from Premier League Arsenal, scored Nice’s second penalty.
Reims went 2-0 up and came back to draw 2-2 before winning 4-2 at Angers and Nantes drawing 1-1 at Strasbourg.
Habib Diallo put Strasbourg ahead in the 28th only for fellow striker Mustafa Mohamed to equalize in the 85th.