Ligue 1 match report Lille v Paris Saint-Germain 06 February 2022


Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi returned from the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, as Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi started up top.

On-loan signing Nuno Mendes should’ve put the Ligue 1 giants ahead inside the first three minutes from a flowing move by Messi and Mbappe, but he flashed across the face of goal.

It didn’t concern the Parisans as with ten minutes gone Danilo Pereira brought the opener when he made use of poor goalkeeping from Ivo Grbic to steer in from point-blank range.

Lille started to come into the contest after a slow passage and levelled through an overhead kick in the area by Sven Botman which goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma couldn’t handle.

However, the Parisans were level for just three minutes as Presnel Kimpembe ran late into the area to guide home a corner-kick from Messi.

Lille struggled to cope and just as they tried a turnaround, the Parisans made it three when Messi made a solo run seven minutes towards halftime and executed a delicate dink over Grbic.

There were cautions for the travelling contingent on the stroke of halftime, as a knock forced Di Maria to vacate duty and Julian Draxler filled in for him.

PSG continued their rampage six minutes into the second half after Pereira entered into a layoff from Leandro Paredes to fire in from close-range.

With the midway point in the second period gone, PSG added a fifth when Mbappe weighed up his options from a pass by Marco Verratti and curled into the net.

There were opportunities either end thereafter, but the Parisans measured the closing stages well and extended their unbeaten run in the league to 14 matches.