Neymar was sent off late as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain misplaced 1-0 at house to Lille on Saturday, falling three factors behind the brand new French league leader in a tense title race.
PSG is just one level forward of third-place Monaco, which earlier beat Metz 4-0, and Lyon might transfer stage on factors with PSG by profitable later Saturday at Lens.
Neymar was proven a second yellow card within the ninetieth minute for kicking proper again Tiago Djalo off the ball, having been booked within the first half for shoving midfielder Benjamin Andre within the face. Djalo was additionally sent off and remonstrated angrily with the referee.
Canada ahead Jonathan David scored Lille’s purpose within the twentieth minute with a barely deflected strike, as PSG slipped to a fifth house defeat and eighth total, with a tricky journey to Bayern Munich on Wednesday within the Champions League.
“Each time we lose we are saying the identical factor, that we lacked dedication. We shouldn’t discover any excuses,” PSG captain Marquinhos said. “We need to be stronger than that at home. A lot of teams have come here and won, which we’re not used to. We’re at an important point of the season and must improve.”
PSG has been poor in opposition to the opposite sides within the prime 4, twice dropping to Monaco, dropping as soon as to Lyon and drawing its different recreation in opposition to Lille 0-0.
“We need more consistency because there have been too many ups-and-downs,” Marquinhos mentioned. “Our subsequent match is likely one of the largest.”
Frustration acquired to Neymar, who now faces one other suspension after getting red-carded in opposition to Marseille at first of the marketing campaign. Shortly after shoving Andre within the face, he fell to the bottom in a failed bid to win a penalty.
Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who got here by means of PSG’s youth ranks earlier than leaving, stored out Neymar’s shot on the hour mark and was relieved to see Neymar’s diving header go large within the seventieth.
Starting his first recreation for 2 months after recovering from a torn adductor muscle, Neymar was wasteful, volleying a cross large from a very good place and squandering two free kicks.
After Maignan acquired a hand to Kylian Mbappe’s low shot within the fifteenth, Lille caught PSG chilly 5 minutes afterward a traditional counterattack.
Jonathan Ikone discovered house down the suitable and pulled the ball again to David, whose shot from simply contained in the penalty looped over goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Andre and Boubakary Soumare, one other promising participant launched by PSG, managed midfield with relative ease within the absence of PSG’s Marco Verratti.
With PSG camped in Lille’s half, a counterattack was ready to occur. It arrived within the 78th as Timothy Weah squared the ball from the suitable to Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz, however Navas learn his first-time shot properly.