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Mbappe Helps PSG Keep Pace With Lille Ahead Of Sunday Clash

Paris Saint-Germain’s French ahead Kylian Mbappe eyes the ball in the course of the French L1 soccer match between Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) and FC Lorient at The Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on December 16, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)


Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 2-0 win over 10-man Lorient on Wednesday, preserving the reigning champions only one level behind Lille forward of their go to to the leaders this weekend.

Mbappe’s second-half penalty, when Andrew Gravillon was despatched off, and Moise Kean’s strike helped PSG to victory after Lille, who host the Champions League runners-up on Sunday, beat Dijon by the identical scoreline.

Lyon dropped to 3rd place, some extent behind PSG, after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Brest.

Marseille, who’ve two video games in hand on the highest three, slipped 5 factors behind the leaders after a 2-1 defeat at Rennes.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel after the sport stated that Neymar, who sprained his ankle final Sunday towards Lyon, may return this weekend.

“For Neymar we will do everything — that is the good news,” stated the German. “I can’t say ‘No, he’s not playing against Lille’. It is possible. We can try, we will try everything.”


Paris Saint-Germain’s French ahead Kylian Mbappe shoots in the course of the French L1 soccer match between Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) and FC Lorient at The Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on December 16, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)


PSG had 81 % of possession within the first half towards struggling Lorient with out creating many clear-cut probabilities, with Lorient’s Teremas Moffi losing the very best alternative of the opening interval when he fired extensive when clear by means of on purpose.

But the match was successfully determined lower than 5 minutes after the break, as visiting full-back Gravillon was harshly despatched off for a nudge on Mbappe within the field.

The ahead, sporting a putting new blue coiffure, stepped as much as energy the spot-kick into the underside nook.

It took Tuchel’s males 10 extra minutes to safe victory, with Rafinha organising Kean to seize his eighth purpose since becoming a member of PSG on mortgage from Everton within the shut season.

– Yazici strikes once more for Lille –
Earlier, in-form Yusuf Yazici scored the winner as Lille eased to a 2-0 victory at Dijon, regardless of uncertainty behind the scenes on the table-toppers.

Lille president and proprietor Gerard Lopez revealed earlier on Wednesday that he may promote the membership to overseas buyers, towards the backdrop of a tough monetary scenario exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m analysing the takeover offer I received,” Lopez instructed AFP, including that if a sale befell he would “completely withdraw” from the membership.

But Lille continued their serene progress on the pitch this season, as Turkish worldwide Yazici gave them a Nineteenth-minute lead along with his fifth league purpose of the marketing campaign on solely his third Ligue 1 begin this time period.

The 23-year-old calmly slotted residence compatriot Zeki Celik’s cutback to web for the eleventh time in all competitions in a breakthrough season.

Lille thought that they had been awarded a late spot-kick for a visit on Burak Yilmaz, however the resolution was overturned following a VAR evaluation.

Christophe Galtier’s males did double their benefit in damage time, although, wrapping up the three factors as Timothy Weah, son of former Ballon d’Or winner George Weah, grabbed his first Ligue 1 purpose since scoring for PSG in August 2018.

“We’ll next host PSG in a massive match in an empty stadium (on Sunday),” stated Lille coach Galtier.

“The two teams will be tired and the Parisians might be slightly superior.

“But in one match, there is everything to play for.”

Lyon had been a purpose down at half-time towards Brest after goalkeeper Anthony Lopes’s personal purpose, however Memphis Depay’s penalty and a purpose for Maxwel Cornet regarded to have seen them hold tempo with Lille.

But Romain Faivre scored a re-taken spot-kick within the 93rd minute after Brendan Chardonnet’s preliminary effort was saved by Lopes, who was off his line.

Marseille led at Rennes by means of Pape Gueye, however the midfielder was despatched off within the thirty sixth minute and objectives from Hamari Traore and Adrien Hunou ended the house workforce’s nine-match winless streak.

Elsewhere, fifth-placed Montpellier slipped six factors behind Lille with a 2-0 residence defeat by Metz, whereas Monaco fell to a 3rd straight league loss, overwhelmed 3-0 at residence by Lens.

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