PSG 2-1 Lens: Neymar and Marquinhos strike as French champions regain Ligue 1 lead by two points … putting pressure on Lille and Monaco
- The French champion PSG welcomed Lens to the Parc de Princes on Saturday
- Neymar opened the score after 33 minutes by inserting the box from the inside
- Marquinhos headed in the second from the corner of Neymar after 59 minutes
- Moments later, the newly promoted team hit back with Ignatius Ganago
Paris St Germain went top in Ligue 1, at least for now, after Neymar scored and scored another goal in a 2-1 home win against RC Lens on Saturday.
Neymar scored in the first half and reached out for Marquinhos to score after the break to put PSG at 75 points with three games to go in their title hunt.
Lille, which has 73 points, will regain first place if they win their match at home against Nice later on Saturday.
Neymar was on the score sheet when PSG beat Lens 2-1 to take back the Ligue 1 lead on Saturday
The Brazilian slipped past the keeper after 33 minutes after poaching the ball high on the field
Promoted RC Lens, who narrowed the deficit to PSG just after the hour via Ignatius Ganago, remained fifth with 56 points, ahead of Olympique de Marseille on goals scored.
‘It was difficult, especially in the second half. For the game we needed four wins from four games, so we take the three points, that’s the most important, ” said PSG center-back Presnel Kimpembe.
PSG, which visited Manchester City on Tuesday with the aim of clearing a 2-1 deficit in the Champions League semi-final, rested Kylian Mbappé and started with Marco Verratti on the bench.
Neymar took the lead, putting PSG ahead at 33 minutes when he fired the box from the inside after being set up by Julian Draxler, who had expropriated the dormant Facundo Medina.
Lens attacker Arnaud Kalimuendo posed a threat to the PSG defense, but the visitors lacked efficiency in advance.
Just before the hour, PSG doubled the advantage as Marquinhos rose above Medina and headed Neymar’s batted cross home, with the hosts seemingly on their way to a routine victory.
Marquinhos headlined the Parisian’s second to continue his stunning form on the French side
The win serves as a healthy warm-up for PSG’s semi-final on Tuesday
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has lost eight games this season, but is getting back into shape
Lens, however, kept the reigning French champions on their toes as Ganago found the back of the net with a half volley from Jonathan Clauss’s cross.
Lens, who played bravely throughout the game, left the field disappointed.
‘There is a lot of regret. We let them play in the first half and conceded a soft goal, ‘said midfielder Seko Fofana.
‘We tried and tried, but then they scored a second. We shook them up, we played with great character. ‘
On Sunday, the third-placed Monaco, which has 71 points, and Olympique Lyonnais meet the fourth meeting in the principality.