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Lille logically won on the ground of PSG (0-1), Saturday, to take, alone, the head of the French Championship, after the 31st day. PSG, unrecognizable, worried before going to challenge Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
The Nordistes de Lille won at the Parc des Princes against PSG (0-1), Saturday April 3, taking the lead of the French championship alone, after the 31e day. Worrisome for the PSG which must go to challenge Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday.
At the Parc des Princes, the Northerners succeeded in the afternoon which will remain as that of the handover, if they succeed in winning the title.
They beat the defending champion at home, thanks to a goal from Jonathan David (20e), with a mastery that makes them the new number 1 favorite to lift the Hexagoal in two months.
King Paris is not yet deposed, but it is as if his scepter is broken. Victims of their emotions, like Neymar who was excluded (90e) after two gestures of temper, they were unworthy of their rank.
Lille (66 pts) takes three points ahead of PSG (63 pts), second in danger who now looks in his mirrors, Monaco (62 pts) and Lyon (60 pts) being on the lookout.
Until the end of May, with seven remaining matches, the final sprint promises to be tight.
Neymar next door
For Paris, the contract is simple: win everything and wait for Lille to fail. But the capital team have not been one to take the most direct routes this season.
After beating Lille in the Coupe de France (3-0) two and a half weeks ago, then OL in Lyon in the Championship (2-4), Mauricio Pochettino’s men are starting to wander again, with a irregularity in causing nausea.
The only constant: PSG loses each time against the big players at home (Monaco, Lille, Marseille, Lyon), a bad habit that could cost them the title.
Perhaps this is the approach of the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, Wednesday April 7 in Munich, but the Parisians never gave the impression of having entered their match. Worse, they let themselves be won over by nervousness, especially during a committed first period which saw them collect as many yellow cards as successful shots on target (2).
In great difficulty, the side Thilo Kehrer embodied this Paris of the smallest days. But it is unfair to let the German bear the weight of this failed afternoon alone, as the executives have gone through it.
Starting with Neymar, holder for the first time in nearly two months, after an injury to an adductor, who played out of time, without succeeding in his usual shifts. He too made bad gestures, such as putting his hand on Benjamin André’s face, which earned him a warning (48e). At the end of the match, he jostled Tiago Djalo, synonymous with second yellow and exclusion (90e).
After Marseille in September, this is the second time that “Ney” has seen red this season.
For the rest, he did not frame his acrobatic recovery (7e), nor his well-placed head (69e). His last chance free kick (88e) ended up in the empty stands.
Kylian Mbappé created a good opportunity, stopped by Mike Maignan (15e), and also tried to make his speed speak (51e). But he was also distinguished by an unnecessary failed heel, which provoked the rant of Presnel Kimpembe (40e).
The movement of mood of the Parisian defender is all the more justified as opposite, Lille achieved at the same time the perfect match, as a team.
David’s opening scoring allowed him to develop his game, based on impassable defense and murderous counters. In his cage, Maignan was solid (15e, 27e).
In attack, Losc had multiple opportunities in transition, but he lacked the accuracy to better make them bear fruit (10e, 24e, 39e, 47e, 86e).
The Turkish Burak Yilmaz had the best chance, alone against Keylor Navas, but the Costa Rican had the last word (79e).
Before meeting Bayern, where midfielder Marco Verratti (Covid-19) will be missing, Mauricio Pochettino’s team is worried. But if she were to lose heavily in Bavaria, her season could quickly slip away.