It all happened to PSG not to be champion in Lille

It all happened to PSG not to be champion in Lille

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PSG only needed a draw to be champions this Sunday, but Parisian celebrations were delayed for another week after the 5-1 defeat at Lille's home. It was a game in which everything happened to the formation guided by Thomas Tuchel, between an own goal, two goals canceled, two players injured in the first half, a player sent off and a thrashing suffered. None of this, of course, was the fault of Lille, who took advantage of his opponent's progressive weakening during the game to win with enormous authority and reinforce his direct qualifying position for next season's Champions League.

It was a mind-boggling start at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. At 2 ', Mbappé scored, but the goal was canceled out of play, and at 7', Lille, with the Portuguese José Fonte and Xeka at the beginning, put themselves in advantage with a Thomas Meunier own goal, but PSG reacted immediately with a Bernat goal in the 11 'to respond to a perfect cross from Mbappé, the only healthy one among the three magnificent players of the Paris attack - Neymar and Cavani are injured.

But when it looked like PSG was set for victory and the title, but Murphy's Law was definitely imposed. At 12, Mbappé's offside goal was canceled again at 16 ', Thiago Silva was injured and gave way to Thilo Kehrer, and the same happened to Meunier at 24' (Diaby entered). Then, Bernat, who had scored the equalizer, saw a straight red card at 36 'for a foul on Nicolas Pépé when he was isolated towards Areola's goal.

With one less, PSG was completely at the mercy of Lille and his fast strikers, especially Pépé, who has been one of Ligue 1's top scorers. At 51 ', Pepé put Lille ahead, Bamba lifted to 3-1 on 65 'and young Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhães headed to 4-1 on 71'. There was still time for there to be a Portuguese touch in this rout, with José Fonte, captain of Lille, scoring a 5-1 header on 84 ', confirming an unexpected humiliation for the announced champion, who suffered only his fifth defeat of the season in all competitions.

However, it will not be a result that will greatly affect Parisian aspirations to reach its eighth title, the sixth in the last seven seasons. For that to happen, it is enough to beat Nantes in the middle of the week, in a game that has a delay. Lille now have eight points against Lyon in the fight for the direct qualification for the Champions group stage.

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