Match Today: Paris Saint-Germain vs Lille 21-08-2022 in the French League
The Ligue 1 battle is already underway as elite clubs are rushing to gain an early advantage in the race. The Ligue 1 saga enters on Match Day 3 as table toppers Paris Saint-Germain will be called up by their old opponents Lille.
The high-voltage battle between two giant French counterparts will take place at Stade Pierre Mourouy from Villeneuve d'Ascq on Monday. Lille broke Paris Saint-Germain's winning streak after emerging as the champions of the 2020-21 season in the French Ligue 1. However, the Red Masts suffered the fate of 10 places in their title defense campaign which was their worst performance since the relegation battle in the 2017-18 season. Paulo Fonseca arrived at Lille's camp on positive energy due to a season-long hiatus after completing his assignment in Rome. The man who changed Lille's fortunes now sits in the position of the Paris Saint-Germain coach. French coach Christophe Galtier moved to the Paris-based club earlier this season and has a huge responsibility to keep him at the top of domestic football while fulfilling the European dream. Galtier was defeated at home the last time he faced his former employer's club as an opposition coach.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Lille
Lille played a tough away game against FC Nantes as they came home to lose the crucial points in the second round of the match. The home team was sailing towards all three points of the match with the help of Moussa Simon's goal when she entered the game in the last 15 minutes. But then the Brazilian full-back Ismaili who came on as a substitute scored the equalizer and prevented his first defeat of the season. On the other hand, the French Ligue 1 champions once again shone the field and finished by scoring five goals against Montpellier. It was their first home game at Parc des Princes which fell quite easily for the capital-based French side. The highly-rated saga ended with a score of 5-2 as Neymar Jr., Kylian Mbappe and Renato Sanchez scored their names on the scoresheet while the opening goal of the match came. Through the goal of Montpellier defender Valais Sakho in his own net.
Lille vs Paris Saint-Germain
The French Football Federation has canceled the suspension of Thiago Dagalo as the Portuguese central defender will now be available for the Paris match. Timothy Weah will miss the chance to play against his former team due to a foot injury that also kept him on the sidelines in his first two games. Young American striker Jonathan David, who scored a brace in the opening match, will lead the Lille attack alongside Mohamed Bayo in the absence of the Paris team demonstrated absolute dominance in the final chapter of this competition that marked the return of the previous season. A Danilo Pereira brace and one goal each from Lionel Messi, Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe secured three valuable match points for a 5-1 victory. Dutch defender Sven Putman scored the only goal from the Red Mastiff with the help of Hatem Ben Arfa.