It was no ordinary midday match in Paris on Sunday. PSG beat Lille 4-3 in a crazy match that had absolutely everything… on and off the pitch. Kylian Mbappe scored a near-anthological goal, PSG let themselves come from behind… only to win the game in the 95th minute with a freekick from Leo Messi.
Earlier, Neymar got injured (an ankle injury three weeks before the game against Bayern) and sporting director Luis Campos went into the dugout to ‘replace’ Christophe Galtier and act as coach, directing the team and confronting the fourth official.
It all happened in the second half. Lille came from behind in 13 minutes and in the 70th minute, tired of what he was seeing, Luis Campos jumped onto the Parc des Princes touchline.
The spectators watching on TV and those present in the stadium could not believe their eyes. The Portuguese, completely out of his mind, began to give orders.
“It is not interference. At Monaco there was no interference. Luis is passionate about winning. There was anger but no interference,” Galtier defended.
“As for today, I’m in front, I can’t look back. What does this denote? A great desire to succeed. Of course Luis is part of the coaching staff.
“This is no problem for me because there is no technical-tactical intervention. There is passion.”
Neymar injured again
Neymar, who scored, is a serious doubt for the match against Bayern in the Champions League. A game that will mark the season for a PSG side who definitely won’t be satisfied with just winning Ligue 1.
The Brazilian, who left on a stretcher, suffered a sprained ankle that could him rule him out for quite a while.
Galtier still under scrutiny
PSG struggled to get into their stride against a good Lille side that competed throughout. It was Mbappe, with a wonderful goal, who opened the way to victory. Shortly afterwards, Neymar made it 2-0 after a great gesture from Vitinha. It was then that PSG ‘switched off’ and allowed the visitors back in the game. Three goals from a Lille side who aim to challenge for the Champions League places in Ligue 1.
The feeling was tense after three defeats: to Marseille, Monaco and Bayern, and a fourth consecutive defeat looked on the way. That was until Mbappe and Messi showed up, and turned the game around at the death.