Lille 5-1 Paris Saint Germain: Title celebrations on hold as Parisians suffer heaviest league defeat for 19 years as Juan Bernat Velasco scores and gets sent off in humiliating thrashing
- Paris Saint Germain could have secured the Ligue 1 title by defeated Lille
- Juan Bernat Velasco scored on 11 minutes after a Thomas Meunier own goal
- Velasco then turned from hero to villain by getting himself sent off for PSG
- Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba and Gabriel then scored to humiliate the visitors
- Ex-Southampton man Jose Fonte scored to inflict the heaviest defeat in 19 years
Paris Saint Germain could have won the title on their trip to rivals Lille, but came unstuck and suffered a humilating drubbing after goal scorer Juan Bernat Velasco turned from hero to villain.
Velasco struck to level the scoreline after 10 minute following a freak own goal from Thomas Meunier.
PSG looked to be getting themselves in the driving seat before the Spanish winger saw red for hacking down Nicolas Pepe during a foot race.
Paris Saint German had to put their title celebrations on hold after being smashed by Lille
Wonderkid Kylian Mbappe was powerless to stop his side falling to a heavy defeat
Juan Bernat hit the back of the net for the visitors but soon became the villain after seeing red
The tables quickly began to turn on the reigning French champions, who have been running away with the division this season.
As Lille staged a comeback, PSG failed to respond in the face of pressure and currently found themselves with backs to the wall.
Pepe was the man to make the breakthrough and restored Lille’s lead, breaking through the Parisian backline and latching onto Nanitamo Ikone’s pass to smash the ball past Alphonse Areola in goal.
Former Southampton man Jose Fonte powered home a fifth as Lille ran riot against PSG
Moments later Ikone turned provider once more, picking out Jonathan Bamba who curled a powerful left-footed shot home at the near post for 3-1.
Firmly on the ropes, the 10 men of PSG could not regain composure as the tie entered the latter stages.
The hosts shuffled the pack with a series of substitutions before going for the jugular and killing off the contest.
After swinging a set-piece into the area, Gabriel rose highest and made sweet connection with the ball after jostling in the air with Thilo Kehrer.
The header, placed in the bottom right corner, saw the stadium erupt as Lille stamped their dominance on the match with a 4-1 lead.
The defeat – PSG’s biggest in the league for 19 years – put a firm halt on the title celebrations
Insult to injury was added as former Southampton man Jose Fonte popped up, completely unmarked from a corner, to add a fifth in the dying moments of the die.
PSG fans were left standing in silence, as their side took the heaviest league defeat in 19 years.
‘This is too much, we cannot continue like this,’ said manager Thomas Tuchel at the final whistle.
‘I don’t know who will play at Nantes [on Wednesday] We will have 13 or 14 players. We are missing too many players and nobody is speaking about it.’
For now, the title celebratory for Tuchel’s side are on hold, as the Parisians head back to the drawing board while licking their wounds.
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