Lionel Messi scored a surprising free kick in added time to earn Paris Saint-Germain a 4-3 comeback win over Lille on Sunday and carry them eight factors clear on the high of the Ligue 1 desk.
PSG, who’ve struggled for consistency since their return from the World Cup break, prolonged their lead over second-positioned Marseille, who journey to Toulouse later Sunday.
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Messi gained a free kick 5 minutes into stoppage time and the Argentine curled it into the underside nook to attain his eleventh league objective of the season and seal the dramatic victory.
Lille, who stay fifth, nearly caught the hosts off guard throughout the opening 40 seconds when Timothy Weah’s low shot took a depraved deflection, however Gianluigi Donnarumma was down quick to avoid wasting together with his legs.
PSG shortly grew into the sport after the early scare, with Messi hitting the goal from a decent angle after being performed by means of by Neymar.
Kylian Mbappe, making his first begin after a two-week harm layoff, opened the scoring within the eleventh minute with an excellent piece of particular person talent, ghosting previous two opponents and squeezing a shot underneath keeper Lucas Chevalier.
“The match was not great, we made a lot of mistakes but we have shown that even when the context is not favourable, we can get through. We are a different team, we can get by all the time,” Mbappe advised Prime Video.
Christophe Galtier’s facet doubled their lead six minutes later, when Neymar tapped in a Vitinha cross to complete off a flowing transfer.
However, Lille have been removed from passive as Jonathan David examined Donnarumma with a bullet header earlier than Bafode Diakite nodded dwelling an Andre Gomes cross to tug one again within the twenty fourth minute.
PSG suffered a blow early within the second half when Neymar was taken off on a stretcher with a suspected ankle harm.
Lille gained a penalty after Marco Verratti tugged Tiago Djalo’s shirt and David coolly transformed the spot-kick to stage the rating.
Lille piled on the strain and have been rewarded when Gomes pinged a protracted ball into the toes of Jonathan Bamba, who smashed his effort previous Donnarumma to present his facet the lead.
The guests let their depth drop, nonetheless, and so they have been punished when Mbappe turned in Juan Bernat’s cross to make it 3-3.
“It was a crazy match, we quickly scored the first two goals then we relaxed and Lille came back but in the end we were able to raise our heads and win the match,” PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe advised Prime Video.