PSG 0-1 Lille: Neymar sent off as Jonathan David goal makes visitors Ligue 1 leaders with first away league win over hosts in 25 years in crucial table-topping clash
- Lille got their first away league victory over PSG since 1996 with a crucial 1-0 win
- Jonathan David scored the opening goal with a deflected shot in the 20th minute
- PSG, and Neymar in particular, created several chances but could not score
- The Brazilian was then sent off in the dying moments following an on-field fracas
Lille secured their first away league victory over PSG in 25 years with a 1-0 win at Parc De Princes that sent them top of Ligue 1 at their host’s expense, thanks to Jonathan David’s first-half goal.
PSG enjoyed more than 60 per cent possession in the first half but could not turn that advantage into a goal. The club saw a bad night turn even uglier when star player Neymar was sent off after getting a second yellow card in the closing minutes.
Despite piling on the pressure in the first 45 minutes, with decent chances for Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Lille managed to keep their hosts at bay.
Lille went top of Ligue 1 with their first away league victory over PSG in 25 years, winning 1-0
PSG star striker Neymar (second right) and Lille’s Tiago Djalo were sent off in stoppage time
Lille took the lead in the first half when Jonathan David’s shot was deflected into the PSG goal
PSG (4-2-3-1): Navas; Kehrer (Dagba 64), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo (Bakker 64); Paredes, Gueye (Rafinha 71); Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe; Kean (Draxler 64)
Subs not used: Rico, Herrera, Pembele, Sarabia, Simons
Booked: Paredes, Gueye, Diallo, Mbappe
Sent off: Neymar
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Lille (4-4-2): Maignan; Djalo, Fonte, Botman, Reinildo; Sanches (Yilmaz 73), Andre, Soumare, Bamba; David (Weah 35), Ikone (Braderic 90+5)
Subs not used: Karnezis, Ascone, Innocenti, Lihadji, Araujo
Booked: Fonte, Andre
Sent off: Djalo
Goals: David 20
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Referee: Benoit Bastien
They then took the lead through Canadian striker Jonathan David, who latched onto a square ball from Jonathan Ikone and saw his shot deflect over PSG goal-keeper Keylor Navas.
David scored in the first half to put the northerners on 66 points with seven games remaining, three ahead of PSG who were lacklustre throughout the showdown.
The French champions continued to create chances but Lille’s stubborn defence was equal to them.
Neymar saw two solid second-half chances go begging, one a volley that Lille goal-keeper Mike Maignan saved, and the other a gilt-edged header that the Brazilian should have buried but instead put wide.
The importance of the match was not lost on either side and it was a bad-tempered contest throughout.
Both sides finished the match with 10 men after Neymar retaliated to a bad challenge from Tiago Djalo in stoppage time.
Neymar picked up a second yellow card for shoving Djalo, who reacted with a foul-mouthed rant and was also shown a red card.
Monaco moved up to third on 62 points with a 4-0 thrashing of promoted Metz.
Olympique Lyonnais, fourth on 60 points, take on fifth-placed RC Lens later on Saturday.
Neymar (right) tried a spectacular scissor-kick early in the first half but did not hit the target
PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (right) was a regular threat and had a decent chance saved early on
Djalo and Neymar remonstrate with each other after both receiving red cards in injury time
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