Canadian forward Jonathan David scores in Lille victory over Paris Saint-Germain
PARIS – Canadian striker Jonathan David scored in Lille’s 1-0 victory over defending champion Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday to take first place in the French Ligue 1.
PSG star Neymar was sent off late in the clash at the top of the table and then attempted to face a player after the game.
Paris Saint-Germin (20-8-3) are three points ahead of Lille (19-3-9) and only one point ahead of Monaco, third, who beat Metz 4-0 before.
David scored in the 20th minute with a slightly deflected strike as PSG slipped to a fifth loss at home and eighth overall, with a difficult trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the Champions League.
Neymar received a second yellow card in the 90th minute for kicking right-back Tiago Djalo, after receiving a first-half warning for pushing midfielder Benjamin Andre in the face. Djalo was also sent off and angrily protested against the referee.
As the two players argued on their way back to the locker room, footage from broadcaster Canal Plus filmed Neymar pushing Djalo on the shoulder, then trying to pass some security officials to confront him.
An angry Djalo also responded by trying to reach Neymar, causing one security official to fall, while another quickly intervened to block Neymar and drive him away.
“Every time we lose we say the same thing, that we lacked commitment. We shouldn’t find any excuses, “said PSG captain Marquinhos.” We have to be stronger than that at home. A lot of teams have come here and won, which we are not used to. We are at an important point. of the season and needs to improve. “
PSG have been mediocre against the other teams in the top four, losing twice to Monaco, once to Lyon and drawing 0-0 against Lille.
“We need more consistency because there have been too many ups and downs,” said Marquinhos. “Our next game is one of the most important.”
Frustration has arrived at Neymar, who now faces another suspension after receiving a red card against Marseille at the start of the campaign. Shortly after pushing Andre in the face, he fell to the ground in an unsuccessful attempt to win a penalty.
Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who passed through the PSG youth ranks before leaving, prevented Neymar’s shot on the hour mark and was relieved to see Neymar’s plunging header deviate in the 70th .
Starting his first game in two months after recovering from a torn adductor muscle, Neymar wasted, shooting a wide cross from a good position and wasting two free kicks.
After Maignan got his hands on Kylian Mbappe’s low shot in the 15th, Lille surprised PSG five minutes later with a classic counterattack.
Jonathan Ikone found space on the right and brought the ball back to David, whose shot just inside the penalty spot sealed goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
André and Boubakary Soumare, another promising player released by PSG, controlled the midfielder with relative ease in the absence of Marco Verratti from PSG.
With PSG camped in the Lille half of the field, a counter-attack awaited.
He arrived in the 78th as Timothy Weah sent the ball from the right to Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, but Navas read his first shot correctly.
Verratti, already ruled out with a thigh injury, has tested positive for the coronavirus for the third time. He will miss the first leg against Bayern.
Two hours before facing Lille, right-back Alessandro Florenzi was removed from the PSG squad as a precaution, even though he tested negative, the club said. He was in international service for Italy recently with Verratti.
Lille were without attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici, who has the virus.
HARD TO BEAT
Monaco, who have lost only once in 16 league games, struck a double blow early in the second half.
Former Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored a 49th-minute penalty after a foul by forward Stevan Jovetic, and forward Kevin Volland confidently finished two minutes later with a pass from the Belgian midfielder Eliot Matazo.
Wissam striker Ben Yedder was surprisingly left on the bench but came on to score a handsome third when he cut inside a defender and hit the ball under the crossbar in the 76th.
Ben Yedder was fouled by central defender John Boye and took the penalty to make it 4-0 in the 88th and go up to 15 league goals, one more than Volland.
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