Lille 0-3 PSG: Neymar & Lo Celso late goals ensure big win - FCNaija
Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/02/2018
Paris Saint-Germain defeats Lille 3-0 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday evening in the week 24 of the Ligue 1 encounter.Neymar and Giovani Lo Celso scored superb late goals as Paris Saint-Germain restored their 11-point lead at the top of Ligue.Unai Emery's men are without Kylian Mbappe due to suspension Neymar drove inside off the left flank and whipped a curler just over the crossbar in the ninth minute, the Brazilian then appealing for a penalty when challenged by Kouadio Dabila, although referee Johan Hamel rightly ruled the defender won the ball.Alphonse Areola made a good save low to his right to keep out Hamza
The opener finally arrived on the stroke of half-time as Berchiche scored the opener in first-half stoppage time, the defender firing in a low drive.El Ghazi's 30-yard free-kick required alert goalkeeping from Areola shortly after the restart, while Maignan was called into action at the other end, blocking a Neymar effort after a dazzling solo run from the Brazilian.Cavani's flicked header was comfortable for Maignan on the hour mark as PSG sought to make the game safe, the club's record scorer then sending a cross narrowly over Di Maria's head.PSG survived a second-half injury scare for captain Thiago Silva, ahead of their upcoming Champions League clash with Real Madrid.Neymar effectively ended any hopes of a home fightback with 13 minutes to play, hammering a free-kick into the top-left corner from the edge of the penalty area for his 18th Ligue 1 goal of the season.PSG added further gloss to the scoreline with three minutes to go. Lassana Diarra had come on for his Ligue 1 debut for the club and the former France international fed midfield partner Lo Celso to beat Maignan with a delightful chip from 20 yards to extend his team's unbeaten run against Lille to 15 games in all competitions.