PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) left it late again as Lille fought a battle at the Parc des Princes on Friday night. The defending champions were unwilling to allow PSG to an easy win and made sure that the Ligue 1 leaders struggled to earn points.
Jonathan David gave Lille a well-deserved lead in the 30th minute after some beautiful football from the visiting side. The goal seemed to be the only goal in the match. But Marquinhos appeared in the penalty area and scored the equalizer in the 74th minute.
Lille was playing with their backs to the walls, and it was clear they wanted to leave the field with at least one point. Angel Di Maria had other plans as he linked Neymar on the edge of the penalty area. The winner scored in the 88th minute.
Here are the top 5 PSG players from their 2-1 win over Lille:
#5 – Idrissa Jana Joy
Gueye was once again a standout midfield performer with Marco Verratti injured. The former Lille star was a rock in the Paris Saint-Germain squad as he helped them connect defense with attack.
PSG needed someone to run up and down the field, and Ginny Wijnaldum was unable to keep up with the pace of the game. The Dutchman wants to play regularly, but his performance this season has not been good enough.
On the other hand, Gueye was excellent at finding his teammates and finished the match with 93% pass success and three assists.
#4 – Presnel Kimpembe
Not the best game for Presnel Kimpembe, but the Frenchman managed to shine. He was often off-center but was helped by Danilo Pereira, who sat back as the defender moved forward.
The defender’s performance today was more about carrying the ball forward than his defensive display, as he can get past Lille a lot. He could have done a lot better in preventing the visiting side from entering the penalty area. But fortunately, none of the moves he was wrong about yielded goals.
#3 – Neymar
Lionel Messi and Neymar were expected to be some of the players of the day, but the Argentine came out at halftime. The Brazilian played the whole match and managed to score the winning goal.
Just like Kimpembe, the match wasn’t Neymar’s best as his passes were often intercepted, and he was frequently stopped while trying to dribble as well. He finished the match with 83% passing success, four dribbles out of nine, and two shots on target – only one on target.