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PSG v Lille Live Commentary, 03/04/2021

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J. David (20)
Parc des Princes


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Lille will look to build on their momentum away at Metz next Friday. Meanwhile, PSG aim to bounce back in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final showdown with Bayern Munich.
Jonathan David's first-half strike proved to be the winner as Lille edged out Paris Saint-Germain to move three points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table. Christophe Galtier guides his side to a first league win at the Parc des Princes since 1996, and how crucial could that prove to be in this season's title race?
90' + 5' Seconds remaining for PSG. Is there to be one late twist in the tale here?
D. Bradarić
J. Ikoné
90' + 3' A final change for Lille with Ikone making way for Domagoj Bradaric.
90' + 1' RED CARD FOR DJALO! The Lille defender is also given his marching orders for provoking Neymar's reaction with those challenges.
90' RED CARD FOR NEYMAR! The Brazilian is dismissed for a second bookable offence after retaliating to a couple of nibbles from Djalo.
88' Frustrating for the hosts as Neymar steps up to a 30-yard free-kick, only to send it blazing over the crossbar. Time is running out.
B. André
Yellow Card
87' Andre is booked for tripping Neymar.
K. Mbappé
Yellow Card
85' Following a brief tussle between several players from both teams, Mbappe is booked for his part.
83' PSG continue to apply the pressure and a cross is only cleared as far as Paredes, whose volley is never troubling the goalkeeper.
81' You feel that certainly would have been game over for PSG and three points for Lille. How crucial could that save from Navas prove to be?
79' GOOD SAVE! Navas to the rescue following a dangerous Lille counter. Quickfire passing from the visitors sees Yilmaz in behind, but his powerful shot is blocked by Navas.
77' Should the current scoreline remain, it would severely dent PSG's hopes of successfully defending their Ligue 1 title for a fourth consecutive year. They have 13 minutes to turn this around.
75' There is a quarter of an hour remaining at the Parc des Princes. PSG still trailing by a goal to nil, but unable to find a way past the stubborn Lille defence.
B. Yılmaz
Renato Sanches
73' Lille also turn to the bench with Burak Yilmaz replacing Sanches.
I. Gueye
71' Another substitution for PSG sees Rafinha introduced in favour of Gueye.
71' Good defending by Fonte. The Lille skipper is well-placed to intervene and divert Bakker's dangerous low ball behind for a corner.
69' NEYMAR MUST DO BETTER! The Brazilian arrives late to meet Marquinhos' cross to the far post, but is unable to keep his header on target.
66' A big roll of the dice from Pochettino in making that triple-change. Will it pay off for him?
J. Draxler
M. Kean
64' Julian Draxler is also given the nod by the manager. Kean is withdrawn.
C. Dagba
T. Kehrer
64' Colin Dagba also comes on with Kehrer making way.
M. Bakker
A. Diallo
64' A triple-change from PSG. The first sees Mitchel Bakker replace Diallo.
62' At the other end, Ikone lets fly with a low strike from distance. But Navas gets down well to hold.
61' GOOD EFFORT! The ball sits up kindly for Neymar to hit on the volley from the edge of the box. There is plenty of power in his attempt, but Maignan is equal to it.
59' Lille still lead as we approach the hour mark. Should they hold on, this would be their first win in four attempts.
A. Diallo
Yellow Card
57' Diallo catches Ikone with a late challenge and goes into the book.
55' PSG shout for a penalty as Neymar goes down under pressure from Sanches. However, the referee quickly waves away the appeals.
54' Mbappe heads into this game with four goals from PSG's last two outings. But other than that low first-half attempt, he has yet to test the goalkeeper as often as he would like today.
52' Good play by Mbappe, who bursts into the box from the right. He looks to square the ball for a team-mate, but the alert Lille defence intervenes.
50' Neymar needs to be careful. The Brazilian could have a positive influence on the outcome of this contest, but cannot afford to let his emotions get away from him.
Yellow Card
48' Neymar and Andre are involved in an altercation, before the PSG forward is booked for pushing his opponent in the face.
48' PSG go straight onto the attack with Neymar leading the charge. He looks to slip the ball through for Mbappe, but there is just too much pace on it and Maignan collects.
46' The referee blows his whistle and Lille get the ball rolling once more.
PSG have carried plenty of attacking threat so far, but need to test the goalkeeper on more occasions upon the resumption of this game.
Lille lead at the Parc des Princes thanks to Jonathan David's 20th-minute strike. The visitors are 45 minutes away from a first league win here since 1996 and, more importantly, moving top of the Ligue 1 table.
45' + 1' We are into the first of two additional minutes at the end of the half.
44' PSG in possession as we enter the dying moments of this first half. However, they are unable to find a way through the blanket of white shirts.
42' The visitors have only suffered three league defeats this season. Inter and Atletico Madrid are the only other teams in Europe's top five leagues with fewer.
40' Lille still a goal to the good as we enter the final five minutes of this first half. So far, so good for the visitors.
38' Lille arrived in this game unbeaten in their last nine away from home. They have won seven times during that span, while keeping six clean sheets.
Tiago Djaló
Yellow Card
36' Djalo goes into the book for a foul on Neymar.
T. Weah
J. David
35' Lille forced into an early change as David is unable to continue. Timothy Weah comes on in his place.
34' Of course, there is still a long way to go but this would be a third consecutive home loss in the league for PSG. They have not done that since October 2007.
32' The finish of a defender! Following a neat build-up from the hosts involving Neymar and Kean, the ball breaks kindly for Kehrer to strike. But the full-back hit across the ball and slices his shot way high and wide of the target.
30' PSG continue to apply the pressure as we hit the half-hour mark. But the Lille defence continues to stand firm and proud.
27' Good save! A poor clearance sees Lille on the back foot again. The ball breaks for Kean to strike, but Maignan is equal to it.
26' The hosts look to respond with Neymar shifting the ball onto his left foot, before shooting from a tight angle. However, his shot is always rising.
24' Good save! Bamba races onto a long ball over the top of the PSG defence, before Navas denies him from a tight angle. Although, it would not have counted anyway, as the offside flag was raised.
22' Lille have not won away at PSG in Ligue 1 since 1996. They have lost 13 and drawn eight of the subsequent 21 meetings. But as things stand, that long wait will end today.
J. David
20' DAVID!!! 1-0 LILLE! The visitors lead at the Parc des Princes! Ikone leads the charge with a powerful run down the right. The French international then squares the ball for David, who takes a touch before his shot deflects past a helpless Navas.
J. Ikoné
20' Ikone showed good power in his burst down the right flank, before demonstrating terrific awareness to pick out David in the box.
I. Gueye
Yellow Card
19' David the victim again, with Gueye receiving a yellow card on this occasion.
18' Aged just 22 years and 91 days old, Mbappe became the youngest-ever player to reach 100 goals in Ligue 1 when he bagged a brace in the victory over Lyon before the international break. That also took his tally for the season to 30 in all competitions.
L. Paredes
Yellow Card
17' Paredes goes into the book for a foul on David.
15' GOOD SAVE! Mbappe gets his first sight on goal after he is neatly played in by Neymar. He looks for the far corner, but Maignan gets down well to deny him.
14' Neymar stepped up to the ball, but sent his delivery way over the bar and is never troubling the goalkeeper.
13' Danger for Lille as the hosts are awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the box after Neymar is brought down. A cluster of players surrond the ball...
11' PSG came into this game having suffered just one defeat in their last seven. They have won five times during that span, while keeping four clean sheets.
9' Almost a ninth assist of the season for Di Maria there. Only Bamba and Lyon's Memphis Depay have set up more goals in Ligue 1 this term.
7' CHANCE! Neymar is completely unmarked to meet Di Maria's centred cross. The Brazilian goes for the spectacular with an attempted scissor-kick, but he cannot find the target from close range.
6' Mbappe gets involved for the first time as he embarks on a powerful run into the box from the left. However, Lille just about manage to clear.
José Fonte
Yellow Card
4' Fonte receives the game's first yellow card for a late challenge on Diallo.
3' A brief break in play as Di Maria stays down after he is caught late by Reinildo. It looked a painful one for the winger, who takes a moment to recover but is soon back on his feet.
1' Referee Benoit Bastien blows his whistle and PSG get things underway!
The teams are making their way out onto the field. It's almost time!
Who will take the spoils and move three points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table today? Kick-off is just 10 minutes away...
As for Lille, Christophe Galtier makes four changes from their surprise defeat by Nimes. There are recalls for Tiago Djalo, Renato Sanches, Boubakary Soumare and Jonathan Ikone. Burak Yilmaz and Timothy Weah drop to the bench.
Mauricio Pochettino makes three changes to the side that began PSG's win over Lyon before the international break. Neymar and Thilo Kehrer return, as does Leandro Paredes, while Alessandro Florenzi, Danilo Pereira and Marco Verratti all make way.
SUBS: Orestis Karnezis, Luiz Araujo, Burak Yilmaz, Isaac Lihadji, Timothy Weah, Domagoj Bradaric, Nassim Innocenti, Rocco Ascone.
LILLE (4-4-2): Mike Maignan; Tiago Djalo, Jose Fonte, Sven Botman, Reinildo Mandava; Renato Sanches, Benjamin Andre, Boubakary Soumare, Jonathan Bamba; Jonathan Ikone, Jonathan David.
SUBS: Sergio Rico, Colin Dagba, Mitchel Bakker, Timothee Pembele, Rafinha, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Xavi Simons, Pablo Sarabia.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-2-3-1): Keylor Navas; Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos (captain), Presnel Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo; Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye; Angel di Maria, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe; Moise Kean.
Without a doubt, this is the biggest game of the Ligue 1 season so far, as the top two lock horns. PSG top the table on goal difference, but today's result could go a long way towards determining who will lift the trophy at the conclusion of the campaign.
Hello everyone and welcome to the eagerly anticipated Ligue 1 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille at the Parc des Princes.