Paris on the edge! Receiving Lille (LOSC) at the Parc des Princes for the 24th day of the French Ligue 1, PSG played with fire as off-bench Lucas scored a money time winner (2-1) after Areola’s enormous wtf blunder a few minutes earlier.
On Paris side, Di Maria returns in the starting squad on the right wing, while the best player so far in 2017, Draxler, stays on the left. Lille comes to Paris in a very defensive formation, 5-2-3, and, as it said in French, parks the trailer in front of GK Enyeama’s posts in order to play the typical chicken outsider tactics –play to draw.
Well, Paris is used to this trick especially in its garden and starts strong and dominates Lille in the first half – 77% possession for PSG. Aurier (7’, 10′), Di Maria (12’, 16’) and Ben Arfa (18’, 29’) try to take the virginity of the scorecard with no luck.
Lille could have however been the lucky chap in this party, but Areola plunges to save Beria’s header which was heading to the low left side of the post (38’).
Half time (0-0), gotta try harder guys, when you push it always gets in!
Cavani in the legend, Alfunk Areapoula is back
Coach Unay does not change its squad when players return to the dance floor. A batch of tries from PSG, which clearly do not want to go back home with no trophy tonight, puts more pressure on the LOSC: Ben Arfa (47’), Di Maria (50’, 52’) Cavani and Draxler (60’). Lille’s trailer is right in PSG’s way and Emery sends Rabiot in substituting Ben Arfa, then Lucas for Draxler.
And the capitale’s squad doest not give up yet: on a far free kick on the left kicked by Di Maria, deflected by Lille ends between Cavani’s shoulder and head who equals the legendary Pedro Miguel Pauleta scoring his 76th goals in French Ligue1 (1-0, 70’).
16 minutes later, Areola thinking he is Ronaldinho dribbles Bautheac but misses his second dribble and De Preville just has to push the ball in the empty posts (1-1, 86’). Damn it Alphonse!
Lucas in the money
But Paris is eternal, and at the 34th crosses of the game, after an incredible pool party (Matuidi then Cavani) Lucas fires and scores (2-1, 92’)! Lucasssssss!
3 points for Paris, but still 3 points behind the leader Monaco who defeated Montpellier earlier.