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 Mendyl's drive after Anwar El Ghazi's dangerous low cross flashed through the penalty area.

Former PSG goalkeeper Maignan then tipped away Angel Di Maria's deflected drive before in-demand Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou bent a 20-yard effort narrowly wide.

Dani Alves volleyed off target but PSG should have struck after 39 minutes, Edinson Cavani driving wildly off-target when Neymar was unmarked and ready to tap home.

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.

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