MX23RW : Thursday, April 25 22:28:03| >> :600:910417:910417:
Apr 14, 2019 at 8pm UK at ​Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d'Ascq)
Attendance: 49,712
Lille
5-1
PSGParis Saint-Germain
Meunier (7' og.), Pepe (51'), Bamba (65'), Gabriel (71'), Fonte (84')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Bernat (11')
Bernat (36')

Result: Champions-elect PSG suffer 5-1 humbling at Lille

Result: Champions-elect PSG suffer 5-1 humbling at Lille
© Reuters
Thomas Tuchel's side missed another chance to seal the title.

Paris St Germain must wait to secure the Ligue 1 title after a humbling 5-1 defeat to second-placed Lille on Sunday.

Second-half goals from Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte saw Lille inflict a painful defeat on PSG, who had Juan Bernat sent off in the 37th minute after losing Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier to injury.

Kylian Mbappe had two goals disallowed for offside in the first half, which saw Lille lead through a Meunier own goal before Bernat replied.

PSG's eighth Ligue 1 title remains a matter of time but they have now passed up chances to confirm it on consecutive Sundays after last week's 2-2 draw with Strasbourg.

The Parisiens thought they had taken an early lead when Mbappe touched home Meunier's cross, but the goal was correctly disallowed for offside, and moments later it was Lille who went ahead.

With their first real attack, Jonathan Ikone crossed from deep on the right and Meunier inadvertently turned it into his own net with Alphonse Areola wrong-footed.

PSG needed four minutes to respond as Mbappe controlled a bouncing ball and floated over a looping cross for Bernat to finish.

They thought they had turned it around entirely minutes later when Mbappe had the ball in the net, arrowing a finish past Mike Maignan after turning on the after-burners to get clear of the Lille defence.

The assistant's flag had stayed down but the Video Assistant Referee intervened, correctly ruling Mbappe had been offside when he collected the ball just inside the Lille half.

PSG's problems began to mount as they lost first Silva and then Meunier to injury, but the biggest blow to Thomas Tuchel's game-plan came eight minutes before the break when Bernat was sent off for a tug on Pepe.

It looked soft – with the contact surely not enough to send the Lille man to the floor – but with Pepe through on goal the referee stuck by his decision after consultation with VAR.

Despite the setback, PSG had the next great chance but Maignan made a great save low to his left to keep out Julian Draxler's close-range effort.

The first half ended with PSG surrounding the referee once again as Thiago Mendes was booked for what they felt was a swipe at Marco Verratti, who was quick to make the most of it.

While they argued, Lille captain Adam Soumaoro hobbled off to be replaced by Gabriel.

If that was a setback, you would not have known it from Lille's second-half performance.

Five minutes after the break they struck on the counter-attack, with Pepe slipping the ball under Areola after Ikone's ball split the PSG defence.

Further chances came as the game opened up. A lack of power cost Bamba a goal when he beat Areola only to see Thilo Kehrer gather the ball short of the line, so he made sure that was not an issue in the 65th minute when he rifled the ball past the keeper at his near post after breaking the offside trap.

PSG looked lost and were further punished in the 71st minute when Gabriel headed in Pepe's free-kick for his first Ligue 1 goal.

Pepe was denied by Areola before Dani Alves made a crucial intervention as Loic Remy went for goal, but it would still get worse for the champions as ex-Southampton defender Fonte headed in Pepe's corner for a fifth.

Share this article now:
Lille's Nicolas Pepe celebrates scoring against Nice on February 1, 2019
Read Next:
Arsenal target 'certain to leave this summer'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City35292489226789
2Liverpool35277179205988
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal35206969462366
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd35197963501364
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35149124443151
8Watford35148135050050
9Everton35147145044649
10Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account