Neymar despatched off, PSG title chase hit by loss to chief Lille


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Neymar was proven a second yellow card within the 90th minute for kicking proper again Tiago Djalo off the ball

Neymar was despatched off late as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain misplaced 1-Zero at house to Lille on Saturday, falling three factors behind the brand new French league chief in a tense title race.

PSG is just one level forward of third-place Monaco, which earlier beat Metz Four-Zero, and Lyon might transfer stage on factors with PSG by profitable later Saturday at Lens.

Neymar was proven a second yellow card within the 90th minute for kicking proper again Tiago Djalo off the ball, having been booked within the first half for shoving midfielder Benjamin Andre within the face. Djalo was additionally despatched off and remonstrated angrily with the referee.

Canada ahead Jonathan David scored Lille’s purpose within the 20th minute with a barely deflected strike, as PSG slipped to a fifth house defeat and eighth total, with a troublesome journey to Bayern Munich on Wednesday within the Champions League.

“Every time we lose we are saying the identical factor, that we lacked dedication. We shouldn’t discover any excuses,” PSG captain Marquinhos stated. “We have to be stronger than that at house. Loads of groups have come right here and received, which we’re not used to. We’re at an vital level of the season and should enhance.”

PSG has been poor towards the opposite sides within the high 4, twice dropping to Monaco, dropping as soon as to Lyon and drawing its different recreation towards Lille Zero-Zero.

“We’d like extra consistency as a result of there have been too many ups-and-downs,” Marquinhos stated. “Our subsequent match is without doubt one of the greatest.”

Frustration bought to Neymar, who now faces one other suspension after getting red-carded towards Marseille in the beginning of the marketing campaign. Shortly after shoving Andre within the face, he fell to the bottom in a failed bid to win a penalty.

Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who got here by means of PSG’s youth ranks earlier than leaving, saved out Neymar’s shot on the hour mark and was relieved to see Neymar’s diving header go vast within the 70th.

Beginning his first recreation for 2 months after recovering from a torn adductor muscle, Neymar was wasteful, volleying a cross vast from a great place and squandering two free kicks.

After Maignan bought a hand to Kylian Mbappe’s low shot within the 15th, Lille caught PSG chilly 5 minutes afterward a basic counterattack.

Jonathan Ikone discovered house down the best and pulled the ball again to David, whose shot from simply contained in the penalty looped over goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Andre and Boubakary Soumare, one other promising participant launched by PSG, managed midfield with relative ease within the absence of PSG’s Marco Verratti.

With PSG camped in Lille’s half, a counterattack was ready to occur. It arrived within the 78th as Timothy Weah squared the ball from the best to Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz, however Navas learn his first-time shot nicely.



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