Lille thump Paris Saint-Germain to put title celebrations on ice

Lille thump Paris Saint-Germain to put title celebrations on ice

After a disappointing draw at home with Strasbourg in matchday 31, midfielder Marco Verratti will be keen to secure his sixth French league title. Juan Bernat - who equalised after Thomas Meunier's own goal gifted Lille the lead - was sent off in the first half, which already saw Meunier and Thiago Silva succumb to injuries.

Pepe struck six minutes after half-time and further goals from Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte rubbed salt in the wounds of PSG, who failed to adjust to their man disadvantage.

Thomas Tuchel has taken aim at the Paris Saint-Germain board after criticising the lack of depth in his squad.

The champions' horror first half was compounded when goalscorer Bernat was dimissed ten minutes before half time.

PSG also had two goals from Mbappe correctly chalked off in the first half, which would have wound them up even more.

Then Lille started to display their firepower.

Attacker Pepe slotted home Lille's second five minutes after the break when he latched onto a superb Jonathan Ikone through ball and after that the floodgates opened.

Four minutes later, Bernat volleyed home from Mbappe's cross to equalise.

The 23-year-old winger has turned heads in a prolific campaign that has him on course to finish as Ligue 1's highest-scoring non-Paris Saint Germain player. Since there on, Lille had the advantage and went out in an all-out attack against PSG, giving them their heaviest league defeat since Qatar Sports Investment took over in 2011. PSG have played 31 matches out of 38 matches while Lille has played 32 matches and left with 6 matches which implied that even if Lille should win all their remaining matches they can not top the table, implying that the PSG have taken the league again in this summer 2018/2019.

St Etienne have 53 points, three behind third-placed Olympique Lyonnais, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Saint-Etienne regain the fourth place from Marseille and sit three points behind Lyon.

Montpellier boosted their top four hopes with a 2-1 victory over Toulouse at the Stade de la Mosson.

Rennes stretched their winless run to four matches in Ligue 1 after playing to a goalless draw with Nice.

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