Makeshift PSG extend lead to 11 points in French league


Paris Saint-Germain have their mind set on the Champions League, but they still managed to extend their lead to 11 points in the French league by rallying past Lille 3-1 with a makeshift team.

Lille quickly took the lead with a close-range shot from Yusuf Yazici, but PSG struck back with a tap-in from Goncalo Ramos and an own-goal from Alexsandro.

Randal Kolo Muani rounded out the scoring in the second half.

Also on Saturday (Sunday AEDT), Lens won a third straight game to get back in the race for Champions League spots by beating Strasbourg 3-1 and moving level on points with fourth-placed Lille.

PSG players Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi, Warren Zaire-Emery, Vitinha and Bradley Barcola started on the bench as coach Luis Enrique made seven changes to the side that beat Brest 3-1 in the last 16 of the French Cup on Wednesday.

Lille right back Tiago Santos toyed with Lucas Beraldo along the touchline in the sixth minute before making a cross that Fabian Ruiz cleared into the path of Yazici, who controlled the ball to fire home.

PSG equalised by pressing high up the pitch in the 10th minute. Ousmane Dembele robbed Alexsandro to tee up Ramos, who slotted into an empty net.

Alexsandro proved the weak link in the Lille defence, botching his clearance in the 17th minute and scuffing a cross from Ruiz into his own net.

Barcola came off the bench to beat Ismaily on the left wing and feed Kolo Muani for the final goal in the 80th minute.

PSG stretched their unbeaten run to 16 games before hosting Real Sociedad in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

In Lens, Portuguese midfielder David Pereira da Costa scored his third goal in as many games and made an assist to help the hosts play catch-up after a sluggish start in this campaign. Lens finished runners-up last season.

Pereira da Costa played a one-two with Florian Sotoca in the 16th minute before cutting the ball back for Elye Wahi, who opened the scoring with a tap-in.

It was just the third league goal this season for Wahi, the club's record signing, who has struggled to adapt since leaving Montpellier.

Wahi returned the favour in the 30th by setting up Pereira da Costa, who doubled the lead with a first-time effort.

Strasbourg left back Thomas Delaine capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to pull one back in the 43rd minute.

Sotoca restored Lens' two-goal lead with an acrobatic flick in the 58th minute after Abakar Sylla missed his clearance.

Lens stayed in sixth place but moved five points clear of Marseille, who drew with Metz 1-1 on Friday.