(EFE) -Neymar, with a goal and an assist, gave the victory to Paris Saint Germain against Lens (2-1) and keeps him in the bid for the leadership of Ligue 1 in France, which this weekend reaches the thirty-fifth day.
The Brazilian assumed responsibility for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who could not count on Kylian Mbappe, with a muscle injury in his right calf, and who reserved players such as Ángel Di María and Marco Verratti for the return of the Champions League against him. Manchester City.
The French champion fights for the league title with Lille and Monaco, and also for the Champions League, in which a match separates him from his second final in a row. But he needs to win at the Etihad Stadium to claim the European title.
The match against Lens, a team that is looking for a continental place, was not a formality. It is fifth and would dispute the new Conference League. Before visiting Paris, he had eleven games without losing.
Pochettino had a setback early in the game when full-back Colin Dagba was injured in the 19th minute and was replaced by Thilo Kehrer, who he also reserved for the European match.
It was at half an hour when Neymar took advantage of an error in the ball out of Lens to face the visiting goal and beat the Venezuelan Wuilker Fariñez.
After the break, Paris Saint Germain extended their lead. Neymar threw a corner and Marquinhos, with his head, sent the ball back into the net.
It was then that Pochettino decided to enter Verratti and Ander Herrera instead of Idrissa Gana Gueye, who will miss the European round, and Pablo Sarabia. But a minute later Franck Haise’s team closed the gap with a goal from Ignatius Ganago from Arnaud Kalimuendo, who took advantage of a defensive error by the hosts.
Neymar was able to sentence later by sending a ball to a post in the goal of Lens. Icardi scored in the final stretch, but VAR invalidated Verratti’s offside goal.
Paris Saint Germain formed with Keylor Navas, Colin Dagba, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo, Danilo Pereira, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Pablo Sarabia, Julian Draxler, Neymar and Mauro Icardi.
In the added time Rafinha took the place of Neymar and Moise Kean that of Julian Draxler.