Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid by trouncing Ligue 1’s bottom side, Metz, 5-0.
The last-16 exit has led to speculation about Unai Emery’s future but they continued their march towards another domestic title. Christopher Nkunku made it three goals in two games with a double while Thomas Meunier, Kylian Mbappé and Thiago Silva also found the net.
PSG had to wait less than five minutes for the opening goal, Meunier finding the bottom corner after Mbappé’s shot was blocked.
Nkunku then struck twice in nine minutes and Mbappé made it four before half-time, with Thiago heading in a late fifth to complete a resounding win that restored PSG’s 14-point lead at the top.
Metz are now eight points adrift at the bottom after Lille secured a morale-boosting point with a 1-1 draw against Montpellier. Nicolas Pépé put Lille ahead in the 41st minute but Jérôme Roussillon equalised after 64 minutes.
Lille are now level on points with Troyes, who appeared set to hold on for an impressive point at Nantes only for Emiliano Sala to score the winner four minutes from time.
That was enough to lift Nantes up to fifth ahead of Montpellier and Rennes, who drew 1-1 with St Étienne. Neven Subotic put the visitors ahead in the first half but Ismaila Sarr grabbed the equaliser in the 86th minute.
It was the same score between Dijon and Amiens at the Stade Gaston Gérard. Moussa Konaté gave the visitors the lead in first-half added time before Wesley Said equalised after 79 minutes.
There was little entertainment on show at the Matmut Atlantique, where Bordeaux and Angers drew 0-0.
Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick as Bayern Munich restored their 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Hamburg.
In Hamburg’s last three league visits to the Allianz Arena Bernd Hollerbach’s side had shipped 21 goals and Franck Ribéry set up another difficult afternoon with a tap-in on eight minutes.
Lewandowski hit a quickfire double to put the hosts 3-0 up inside 18 minutes before Arjen Robben curled in a shot after the restart.
A stunning solo goal from Ribéry moved Bayern 5-0 clear before Lewandowski blazed over a late penalty, only for the Poland international to slot home a second spot-kick in the 90th minute to seal his treble and landmark 100th Bundesliga goal for the Bavarian club.
Hamburg, who have competed in every season of the Bundesliga, remain seven points from a safe position after Wolfsburg fell to a 3-0 defeat at Hoffenheim. Goals by Nico Schulz, Serge Gnabry and an own goal from Josuha Guilavogui helped Hoffenheim seal all three points.
In the late game, Bayer Leverkusen moved third, at least until Sunday, by beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0.
Augsburg moved four points off the European places with a 3-1 win at Hannover, with two goals from Michael Gregoritsch and one from Gojko Kacar.
Freiburg moved five points clear of the relegation zone after playing out a goalless draw at mid-table Hertha Berlin.
In Serie A’s only match of the day Verona earned a valuable three points with what could prove to be a crucial 1-0 derby victory over Chievo. Verona captain Andrea Caracciolo scored early in the second half in a match of few chances.