Neymar was despatched off late on as a limping Jonathan David scored the one objective to provide Lille a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain of their Ligue 1 title showdown on Saturday, a consequence that strikes them three factors clear on the prime.
Canadian striker David was battling an ankle damage when he fired house within the twentieth minute. He was compelled off quickly after and emerged on crutches to observe the second half with heavy strapping the place he had been caught by Idrissa Gana Gueye.
With out him Lille held on to beat PSG in a league recreation within the capital for the primary time in 1 / 4 of a century, with a irritating afternoon for the hosts summed up when Neymar was despatched off on the dying.
The Brazilian and Lille defender Tiago Djalo have been each proven second yellow playing cards and dismissed following a shoving match. It’s Neymar’s second sending-off this season and his fourth since transferring to France in a world-record deal in 2017.
The consequence sees Lille take a giant step in the direction of a primary Ligue 1 title in a decade, simply earlier than the Qatari takeover of PSG which modified the face of French soccer.
It could be a exceptional achievement for the membership from France’s far north to pip the Parisians, who’ve received seven of the final eight league crowns and face Bayern Munich away of their Champions League quarter-final first leg in midweek.
“We’re prime and we’re within the struggle, however so are Lyon, Paris and Monaco. There may be not a lot in it,” admitted Lille coach Christophe Galtier.
PSG have now suffered three straight house league losses for the primary time since 2007, they usually path Lille by three factors with seven video games left.
Monaco are one other level behind in third after beating Metz 4-0, whereas Lyon are contenders too — they’ll reclaim third spot and go degree on factors with PSG by beating Lens later.
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG had been fancied to ease to a different league title after profitable 4-2 in Lyon earlier than the latest worldwide break, however this consequence raises doubts about their credentials.
They’ve taken only one level from 4 video games in opposition to Lille and Monaco this season. Lyon additionally beat them in Paris.
“I’m disenchanted with the consequence and at shedding three necessary factors. I’m not anxious however we might want to maintain preventing to the tip,” stated Pochettino.
“We’re an inconsistent aspect for plenty of causes however we’re working to repair that.”
– Ben Yedder scores twice in Monaco win –
PSG should still fancy their probabilities of avenging final season’s defeat within the Champions League ultimate after they face a Bayern aspect lacking the injured Robert Lewandowski.
Nonetheless they might want to carry out much better than they did right here in opposition to a effectively organised Lille aspect who survived an early scare earlier than scoring.
Mike Maignan turned Kylian Mbappe’s shot across the publish not lengthy earlier than the objective arrived from the guests’ first assault.
Jonathan Ikone picked out David whose shot from 12 yards deflected in off Thilo Kehrer for his tenth of the season.
The 21-year-old striker was changed by Timothy Weah earlier than half-time, whereas Lille held on on the different finish, with Neymar having one shot saved by Maignan within the second half after which heading huge from a Marquinhos cross.
Lille may need scored a second as Burak Yilmaz was denied by Keylor Navas after a counter-attack.
Monaco scored all their objectives within the second half in opposition to a Metz aspect who completed with 10 males.
Cesc Fabregas scored a penalty and Kevin Volland netted his 14th of the season earlier than France striker Wissam Ben Yedder got here off the bench to crash within the third.
Ben Yedder scored once more from the spot late on, taking his tally for the season to fifteen objectives, after Metz captain John Boye was proven a second yellow card for fouling Gelson Martins.
“If we maintain going on this course possibly there’s something doable for us,” Monaco coach Niko Kovac informed Canal Plus of his aspect’s title probabilities.