BREAKING: PSG have sacked Tomas Tuchel, according to Christian Falk
The decision to part ways with the German manager came hours after the French champions smashed four goals past Racing Strasbourg, which saw them close the gap to Ligue 1 leaders Lyon.
According to Sky Germany, PSG’s sporting director Leonardo relieved the 47-year-old of his managerial duties on Wednesday night, which comes four months after Tuchel led the Parisian outfit to the Champions League final.
The Italy international was then replaced by Mbappe, who wrapped up the victory in stoppage time as he brought up his century of goals in his 137th game for PSG, tapping in a Layvin Kurzawa cross.
Kylian Mbappe scored his 100th goal for Paris Saint-Germain after making a late appearance as a substitute for the Ligue 1 leaders in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at in-form Montpellier.
With Neymar preserved ahead of next week’s crucial Champions League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir and Mbappe rested from the start, Colin Dagba’s first career goal gave PSG the lead on 33 minutes.
English forward Stephy Mavididi levelled before half-time at the Stade de la Mosson, the ball just crossing the line despite the best efforts of Dagba and Keylor Navas.
Moise Kean restored the advantage for PSG on 77 minutes after Rafinha triggered a quick counter, hitting a magnificent solo goal for his fifth in seventh league games.
“I’ve been wanting to score for a few matches, it’s a bit of a release,” Mbappe told Canal Plus.
“When I signed here I wouldn’t even had thought of scoring three goals,” he beamed. “(A hundred) was part of a distant goal.”
Mbappe is joint-fourth on the list of PSG’s all-time top scorers, level with Dominique Rocheteau and trailing Pauleta (109), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (156) and Edinson Cavani (200).
“I’m feeling better and better, stringing matches together is going to allow me to get fully fit,” he said.
“When I came here, I said that I wanted to get a lot better and you don’t do that in a year.
“It’s been three and a half years, I’ve experienced a lot of things here. I’ve had some less good moments, but the club has always supported me.”
Defending champions PSG pulled four points clear of Marseille at the top as they avoided going three league games without victory for the first time since April 2019.
Montpellier, without top scorer Andy Delort after he tested positive for coronavirus for the second time in three months, saw their hopes of dislodging the leaders dashed as their four-match winning run came to an end.
Earlier, Rennes crashed to a sixth defeat in seven matches as they lost 2-0 at home to Lens, three days being dumped out of Europe.
Teenage striker Arnaud Kalimuendo, on loan from PSG, hit the opener on 27 minutes and Ignatius Ganago sealed the victory late in the second half.
Kylian Mbappe scored on his comeback to the team as Paris St-Germain beat Nice in Ligue 1.
The Frenchman scored his side’s first from the spot after originally winning the penalty, set up Angel Di Maria for the second and was a threat throughout as Marquinhos added PSG’s third.
It is PSG’s second successive win as they look to get their season on track following a chaotic opening after losing their first two games and an unconvincing last-gasp win against Metz.
With Thomas Tuchel unable to call on talisman Neymar as well as Leandro Paredes for their parts in a mass brawl against Marseille, the manager will have been thankful to welcome back Mbappe after completing his period of quarantine. The Frenchman was at the heart of everything that was good about PSG.
A quiet opening saw Nice force the first save, with former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin forcing a strong parry from Keylor Navas from distance.
The Parisians found their breakthrough from the spot with just over 35 minutes played when Mbappe was tripped by Khéphren Thuram.
The 21-year-old dusted himself off and fired home the penalty to open his account for the season.
The goal certainly livened the game up and moments later though goalkeeper Keylor Navas forced into action to save low down from Rony Lopes after a smart one-two.
Nice’s pressure was short lived though as the visitors went 2-0 up in first half stoppage time with Mbappe once again heavily involved.
A typical mazy run and shot by the Frenchman was saved by Nice ‘keeper Walter Benitez right into the path of Angel Di Maria who was able to tap home.
The hosts showed the were very much still in the game at the start of the second half as a delightful ball in from Hassane Kamara was inches away from being converted firstly by Amine Gouiri and then Thuram.
Navas was once again called into action with a wonderful fingertip save to deny Youcef Atal’s well-struck effort.
Mauro Icardi, who put in a much more positive showing, nearly scored his first goal of the season as he guided Di Maria’s low cross onto the post with Benitez beaten.
Mbappe continued to run Nice ragged as Dante had to deny him his second goal after another tricky run, but it was Marquinhos who all-but secured the points for PSG, heading home from Di Maria’s free-kick with just over 20 minutes to play.
In the closing stages, Nice were initially presented with a chance for a consolation from the spot but after originally giving a penalty, Ander Herrera’s foul was judged by referee Benoît Bastien to have been committed outside the box and Dante fired over the free kick in the final kick of the game.
The result lifted PSG above Nice to seventh place on six points from four games, with Patrick Viera’s side slipping to 10th also on six points.
0′ The match is about to start! 17′ CLOSE! Di Maria’s shot denied 19′ CHANCE! Schneiderlin’s long shot denied 22′ Injured Gueye subbed off by Herrera 34′ CHANCE! Rony Lopes’ shot inches wide 38′ Penalty Goal! Nice 0-1 PSG (Mbappe) 46′ GOAL! Nice 0-2 PSG (Di Maria) 53′ Navas makes brilliant save
59′ CLOSE! Icardi misses a good chance 64′ CLOSE! Mbappe’s shot cleared off by Dante 66′ GOAL! Nice 0-3 PSG (Marquinhos) 76′ Disallowed! Mbappe scores but the goal is offside 93′ CLOSE! Dante’s free-kick over the bar
Line-ups Nice XI: Schneiderlin, Dante, W. Benítez, Lopes, H. Kamara, Melou, J. Lotomba, Gouiri, Y. Atal, A. Pelmard, K. Thuram-Ulien
Subs: Y. Cardinale, Maolida, E. Sylvestre, A. Trouillet, D. Ndoye, E. Guessand, F. Daniliuc, S. Ben Seghir, T. Pionnier