Sergio Ramos scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goal as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-0 victory over Reims.

The defender, who has endured a challenging start to life in the French capital since his switch from Real Madrid, opened his account for Mauricio Pochettino’s side with a close-range second-half finish at the Parc des Princes.

Marco Verratti began the scoring with his first league goal in just under five years, while Wout Faes’ own goal and a Danilo Pereira strike sealed the points as the hosts moved 11 points clear at the top of the table.

PSG, who welcomed back Lionel Messi following his absence due to Covid-19, has now won the last four Ligue 1 meetings between these sides, keeping a clean sheet each time. Unbeaten in 13 home league games, PSG quickly took control of proceedings. Pereira headed over from a corner while Kylian Mbappe shot straight at Predrag Rajkovic.

The hosts broke through just before half-time; Mauro Icardi’s blocked effort ricocheted Verratti, who beat Rajkovic with a sweetly struck shot. Seeking only a third win from 15 away matches, Reims almost found a leveller after the break, and Nathanael Mbuku drew a smart save out of Keylor Navas before Hugo Ekitike sent the rebound over.

However, PSG doubled their lead in the 62nd minute as Ramos prodded home at the second attempt after his initial strike following a corner was parried by Rajkovic. Five minutes later, two became three with Verratti’s strike taking two deflections – the latter off Faes – before nestling in the far corner.

Icardi was denied shortly afterwards before Pereira got in on the act with a quarter of an hour remaining, latching onto Mbappe’s centre before his deflected shot flew past Rajkovic.