PSG, who were knocked out of the Champions League semi-final, suffered yet one more blow after their Ligue 1 title hopes took a major hit following a 1-1 draw vs Rennes. Desk-toppers Lille is now in want of just 4 points from 2 matches.
- Defending champions PSG were held to a 1-1 draw vs Rennes on Sunday
- The draw has helped Lille take a three-point advantage on the prime with two video games remaining
- Lille want 4 factors from their remaining 2 matches to win their 1st Ligue 1 title since 2011
Neymar opened the scoring with a penalty on the stroke of halftime however Serhou Guirassy equalized within the seventieth minute to go away PSG, who completed with 10 males after Presnel Kimpembe was sent off within the 87th minute, on 76 factors. Lille, on 79 after thrashing neighbors RC Lens 3-0 away on Friday, wants 4 factors from their last two matches against mid-table St Etienne and Anger to guarantee their first Ligue 1 title since 2011.
Monaco is third on 74 factors after beating Stade de Reims 1-0 away earlier on Sunday, one level forward of fourth-placed Olympique Lyonnais, who beat Lorient 4-1 on Saturday.
PSG, who have been knocked out within the Champions League semi-finals by Manchester City on Tuesday, may face the prospect of ending the season with no main trophy. Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect travels to Montpellier within the French Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
“When you are PSG you must do a lot better than that. Lille is superb, very sturdy. There are two matches left but now we have to consider,” said PSG captain Marquinhos.
There was a minute’s silence in reminiscence of former PSG and Rennes goalkeeper Christophe Revault, who died earlier this week at the age of 49.
PSG threatened early on by means of Ander Herrera and Neymar, but Rennes were fast on the break, with Jeremy Doku proving a nightmare to deal with for Layvin Kurzawa on the right flank.
The guests were awarded a penalty by referee Ruddy Buquet after a VAR review though it appeared Nayef Aguerd’s contact with Kurzawa occurred after the PSG fullback had fired over.
Neymar converted the spot-kick six minutes into added time within the first half.
Doku, 18, continued to torment PSG’s defense after the break but the Renne’s aim came from a set-piece as Guirassy headed the ball into the highest nook from Benjamin Bourigeaud’s nook.
As soon as again, PSG misplaced their cool and center again Kimpembe was proven a straight crimson card for a brutal challenge on Doku, leaving their defense uncovered for the ultimate minutes.
It took an excellent save by Keylor Navas to deny Flavien Tait in added time to salvage a degree for PSG, who’s chasing a fourth successive Ligue 1 title.
(With input from Reuters)