PSG did it again. After going down a goal at home during a subpar first half which drew whistles from the Parc des Princes supporters, PSG’s stars pulled off another come-from-behind home win, 2-1 against defending Ligue 1 champs LOSC Lille, extending its lead atop the standings in France.
Canadian international Jonathan David scored his league-leading eighth goal of the season for a deserved halftime lead for visiting Lille. Then Angel Di Maria and Neymar turned on the class in the final 15 minutes to help PSG score twice. Di Maria lofted a perfect cross to captain Marquinhos to equalize, and then Di Maria combined with Neymar on a wall pass and converted the winner in the 88th minute.
The Parisian side pulled off the result without Kylian Mbappe (ear infection), who was sitting up in the stands, and then without Lionel Messi, who came off at halftime with what was reported to be a muscle issue.
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PSG (10-1-1, 31 points) has a comfortable 10-point lead over second-place Lens, which has a game in hand. The Parisians next look ahead to a UEFA Champions League group stage match at German side RB Leipzig in midweek, but manager Mauricio Pochettino will still come under heavy scrutiny. PSG is still not playing well, relying on its superstars time and again to bail it out of sticky situations.
Defending Ligue 1 champs Lille will regret not adding more goals in a dominant first half in which it created multiple opportunities in transition. Italian goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma came up with a couple of big saves, Jonathan Ikone missed another, and the midfielders flubbed the passes in other moments. Lille is now in 11th place, a distant 16 points from PSG. A defense of the title looks farfetched at this point.
Three of PSG’s two-goal wins this season only sealed late on by late goals:
v Montpellier – Draxler ’88
v Brest – Di Maria ’90
v Strasbourg – Sarabia ’86 https://t.co/ZBgNhghzH6
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) October 29, 2021
PSG vs. Lille final score
LOSC — Jonathan David (Burak Yilmaz) — 31st min.
PSG — Marquinhos (Angel Di Maria) — 73rd min.
PSG — Angel Di Maria (Neymar) — 88th min.
(All times Eastern)
Final: PSG 2, LOSC Lille 1
90th min.: Four minutes of stoppage time, but more to come after both teams make subs.
88th min.: Goal PSG! Another flash of brilliance from its stars. This time it’s Neymar and Angel Di Maria combining for the quick give-and-go inside the top of the box and Di Maria applies the classy one-time finish.
85th min.: After Mauro Icardi gets a card for protesting the previous play, PSG brings on Julian Draxler and then moments later it’s Neymar who sees yellow for a foul on Fonte.
84th min.: What a chance for Mauro Icardi! His angled shot destined for the far post looked to be touched by the goalkeeper who came off his line to close down the shot, but no corner is awarded.
79th min.: SUB – U.S. international Tim Weah comes on for Lille’s Jonathan Ikone. Weah is a former PSG player.
76th min.: SUB – Lille takes off forward Burak Yilmaz for center mid Amadou Onana.
74th min.: Goal PSG! Neymar and Di Maria combine on the left and Di Maria goes to the end line to deliver the delightful scoop to the far post, and a wide-open captain Marquinhos puts it home first time.
73rd min.: Cross by Angel Di Maria on the head of Mauro Icardi but his diving attempt is wide. First chance for Icardi, who’s playing the center forward position.
69th min.: PSG chance! Neymar finally takes command, gets by a player and fires at goal, but Lille center back Jose Fonte blocks it for a corner. Marquinhos gets a header on the set piece but it’s not on target.
65th min.: SUBS – Two fullback positions are replaced for PSG. Colin Dagba is the new right back (in for Thilo Kehrer) and Nuno Mendes takes over at left back for Juan Bernat.
64th min.: Half-chance for PSG on a set piece, but Lille defends it well and the ‘keeper Grbic nabs it. Double sub for PSG coming.
56th min.: What a chance for Lille! Yilmaz lofts the cross into the box and Donnarumma slaps the ball away before Jonathan Bamba can head it. Jonathan David can’t put home the follow-up when the ball gets to him.
52nd min.: Penalty kick shout for PSG, but no call from the ref. In the meantime, the broadcast continues to show the contact in the box on Yilmaz on the previous chance for Lille. That was Presnel Kimpembe with the studs-up sliding tackle to stop him.
47th min.: First chance for Lille! Jonathan Ikone to Jonathan David and Donnarumma comes off to stuff him. Then David takes the rebound and serves it to Yilmaz who can’t make contact with a defender converging.
46th min.: SUB – Mauro Icardi comes in for Lionel Messi. Wow. Messi did miss training on Thursday with what was called a ‘knock,’ but no one expected this early sub. L’Equipe says it’s a muscle issue for the 34-year-old.
15 – Lionel Messi is the player with the most shots this season in Ligue 1 without scoring (15 shots, 4 on target). The Paris striker had not gone five league games in a row without finding the net in the Top 5 european leagues since October 2020 (also 5). Tricky. #PSGLOSC pic.twitter.com/xwCETKyhmj
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 29, 2021
Halftime: PSG 0, Lille 1
Halftime: Deserved lead for the visitors at halftime. Lille has a gameplan that is working: jam up the middle, win the ball and push numbers forward when they win the ball. It worked to create several chances to start. As the half went on, the Lille attackers began switching positions and it was Burak Yilmaz wide left who delivered the cross that Jonathan David converted. PSG can’t get into a rhythm. Neymar needs 10 touches every time he gets the ball, Messi is getting the ball centrally in traffic every time. Instead of getting the ball wide, PSG is trying to go down the middle, playing into Lille’s hands. The boos have been justified to this point.
45th min.: On PSG’s last chance before the halftime whistle, Lionel Messi’s sends a free kick from 20 yards out high and wide of the target.
43rd min.: Two straight corners for Lille and the PSG crowd lets its team have it, whistling loud in protest of a subpar home performance so far.
40th min.: Chance for PSG! The home team is most dangerous when it suddenly accelerates with quick combinations and through passes. This ball is threaded in behind to Angel Di Maria who attempts to curl it around the Lille ‘keeper with his left foot, but it goes wide.
31st min.: Goal Lille! Burak Yilmaz is wide open on the left and his cross is touched into the goal by Jonathan David for his Ligue 1-leading 8th goal.
27th min.: PSG’s lines are tighter now and Lille is not having as easy a time getting in behind as it did in the opening 15 minutes. The Lillois could yet regret not converting one of those chances.
25th min.: Neymar is trying to weave some magic, but nothing of note just yet … outside of this nutmeg:
23rd min.: First shot of the match by PSG. Lionel Messi, who so far hasn’t been effective at holding the ball and getting his teammates involved, finds Angel Di Maria for a shot that’s saved by the Lille ‘keeper.
14th min.: What a ball by Burak Yilmaz for Jonathan Ikone who can’t convert with Gigi Donnarumma at his mercy. Lille getting the early chances, but can’t convert.
12th min.: Lille has an attack-minded lineup and once the visitors win the ball, they’re flooding the attack with numbers. But the midfielders aren’t making the right passes (or the PSG defenders are doing a great job).
5th min.: It’s been back and forth with transitions going both ways. Reinildo stops one for PSG with a tackle that sends Angel Di Maria to the ground. He gets a yellow for stopping an attack, but the left back got all ball. That was not the right call by the ref.
1st min.: What a save by Gigi Donnarumma! Quick transition by Lille led by Jonathan Ikone, and forward Burak Yilmaz with a point-blank shot that the Italian ‘keeper has to dive to stop for a corner. Nothing comes of it.
1st min.: Lionel Messi kicks off the match. PSG ball to start.
2:58 p.m. ET: And now the teams are out:
2:50 p.m. ET: Team mascots are already out on the field:
2:43 p.m. ET: The PSG’s women’s team receives the adulation of the supporters’ section:
2:10 p.m. ET: The Parc des Princes should be rocking once more for the latest PSG home game.
2:00 p.m. ET: All eyes will be on Neymar. He’s feeling the heat and he’s been defensive in the media. At some point he needs to produce.
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PSG vs. Lille lineups
In addition to Mbappe’s absence, PSG enters the match a bit shorthanded, especially in midfield, where Marco Verratti (left hip) will be out four weeks and Leandro Paredes (quad) is sidelined until after the international break. Right back Achraf Hakimi is suspended after his red card against Marseille and star central defender Sergio Ramos is expected back next week.
PSG starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 50-Gianluigi Donnarumma-GK — 14-Juan Bernat, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos, 24-Thilo Kehrer — 27-Idrissa Gueye, 15-Danilo, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum — 10-Neymar Jr., 30-Lionel Messi, 11-Angel Di Maria
PSG subs (9): 1-Keylor Navas-GK, 17-Colin Dagba, 22-Abdou Diallo, 25-Nuno Mendes, 28-Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe, 12-Rafinha, 21-Ander Herrera, 23-Julian Draxler, 9-Mauro Icardi
Lille manager Jocelyn Gouvernnec will have do without suspended defensive midfielder Benjamin Andre (suspended) and two injury absences in center back Sven Botman and goalkeeper Leo Jardim, who are still out.
Lille starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Ivo Grbic-GK — 28-Reinildo, 3-Tiago Djalo, 6-Jose Fonte, 2-Zeki Celik — 7-Jonathan Bamba, 8-Xeka, 21-Renato Sanches, 10-Jonathan Ikone — 17-Burak Yilmaz, 9-Jonathan David
Lille subs (9): 16-Adam Jakubech-GK, 33-Kouadio-Yves Dabila, 26-Jeremy Pied, 5-Gabriel Gudmundsson, 24-Amadou Onana, 20-Angel Gomes, 11-Yusuf Yazici, 19-Isaac Lihadji, 22-Tim Weah
How to watch PSG vs. Lille
- Date: Fri, Oct. 29
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol
- Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect
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The match will be carried by Ligue 1 rightsholder beIN Sports in both English and Spanish. Both those beIN Channels are available to be streamed via fuboTV , which is available for new users with a free 7-day trial .