Neymar produces a dazzling assist for Angel Di Maria’s late winner as PSG come from behind to beat Ligue 1 champions Lille… but Lionel Messi is taken off at half time as his struggles in France continue
- Di Maria scored late winner after setting up equaliser in 2-1 win for PSG
- Messi limped off with an injury early in the second half with a muscle problem
- PSG were without Kylian Mbappe who is suffering from an infection
- Win puts PSG 10 points clear of second-placed Lens after 12 games
Angel Di Maria showed his worth as he set up the first and scored the winner to give Paris St Germain a 2-1 win against champions Lille in Ligue 1 after Lionel Messi limped off injured on Friday.
In the absence of Kylian Mbappe, who is suffering from an infection, Di Maria shone throughout the game, providing captain Marquinhos with the equaliser after Jonathan David’s opener before finding the back of the net two minutes from time.
After Messi left the pitch early in the second half with a muscle problem, the Argentine winger found his range to put leaders PSG on 31 points from 12 games, 10 ahead of second-placed RC Lens.
Angel di Maria scored an 88th minute winner as PSG beat Lille 2-1 on Friday night
Lille, who would have deserved better after a convincing first half, are 11th with 15 points.
Both teams went end-to-end in an entertaining opening half but Lille showed more poise and it took a superb save from Gianluigi Donnarumma to deny Burak Yilmaz in the first minute.
Lille, looking more like the team that dominated the league last season, were rewarded in the 31st minute when David opened his right foot to deflect Yilmaz’s powerful cross into the roof of the net from point-blank range.
The Argentine’s winner put PSG 10 points clear of Lens at the top of the Ligue 1 table
Earlier in the second half Di Maria had set up Marquinhos’ equaliser to peg Lille back
Messi, who has yet to score for PSG in five league appearances, was replaced one minute into the second half by Mauro Icardi, as he appeared to be still suffering from the muscle problem that forced him to miss training with the team on Thursday.
Lille came close to doubling the tally through David but Donnarumma pulled another brilliant save to keep the home side afloat.
The Italy keeper was at it again to tip away a whipped shot from Yilmaz shortly before the hour.
PSG’s night was soured by Leo Messi limping off the pitch injured early in the second half.
But Angel Di Maria and Neymar were a constant threat as PSG started to pile the pressure. It paid off in the 74th minute when Marquinhos latched onto a superb lofted cross from Di Maria to make it 1-1.
PSG came close to gaining the advantage five minutes from time but Ivo Grbic parried Icardi’s low shot with his right foot.
The winner came shortly after when Di Maria coolly slotted the ball past Grbic with a low shot from Neymar’s pass inside the box.