Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain continued their strong form in the French Football League and secured their third consecutive win by beating visitors Lille 3-1 in the absence of their star Kylian Mbappe in the round of 21 on Saturday at the Parc des Nations. Princes Stadium.
Lille, who had not lost a single match in their previous three league matches, entered the match in the fourth round of the French Cup before suddenly losing 1–2 to Lyon, surprising the hosts, 6 minutes after the start of the match. Scoring started soon after. The Turkish Yusuf Yazgi, but the club the Parisians responded immediately, equalizing the score through the Portuguese Gonçalo Ramos (10).
Lille's Brazilian player Alexandro Ribeiro helped Saint-Germain advance by scoring (17) against his team through an error. Randall Kolo Mwani ensured three points with his team's third goal (80).
Leader Saint-Germain widened the gap between it and second-place Nice, which plays against Monaco on Sunday, to 11 points, while fourth-place Lille remained stable at 35 points.
Mbappe, the league's top scorer with 20 goals, missed the match as Spanish coach Luis Enrique preferred to rest him in preparation for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Sociedad.
Enrique confirmed on Friday that Mbappe has recovered from his heel injury and will be in the team's squad to face Lille.
Mbappe was tested at Saint-Germain's training center on Thursday and the club said he was “confident”.
The 2018 World Cup champion in Russia and 2022 runner-up in Qatar was injured during Wednesday's 3-1 win over Brest in the French Cup quarter-finals, where he scored the first goal.
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In another match, Lens strengthened their hopes of continental participation next season by beating their guests Strasbourg 3–1.
Hat-tricks for Lens were scored by Eli Wahi (16), Portuguese David Costa (30) and Florian Sotoka (58), while one goal for Strasbourg was scored by Toma Dylan (43).
Lens now have 35 points and are sixth on goal difference, ahead of Lille in 4th and Monaco in 5th, who play their matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Nice respectively later on Sunday.
It is the third consecutive win for Lens, who finished runner-up last season, one point behind Paris Saint-Germain.
On the other hand, Strasbourg, ranked tenth with 25 points, suffered its second consecutive defeat in the league after going unbeaten in six phases.