Lille Scupper PSG's Title Celebrations With 5-1 Win

Jose Fonte Lille 2018-19

Lille Scupper PSG's Title Celebrations With 5-1 Win

"You can lose, but you must lose in a certain manner - we cannot lack character like we did here", said the France worldwide.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel called the heavy loss "normal" before complaining about the lack of healthy players at his disposal.

The assistant's flag had stayed down but the Video Assistant Referee intervened, correctly ruling Mbappe had been offside when he collected the ball just inside the Lille half. They were evident in another humiliating exit from the Champions League, when PSG went out in the last 16 to Manchester United despite winning the away leg 2-0. PSG's defense was unable to contain Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who scored the second goal and then set up the fourth and fifth to underline Lille's unselfish teamwork. They have 81 points after 31 games to second-placed Lille's 64 after 32 matches. The club look to be nearing Champions League qualification for next season, but Lopez's words suggest they will have to tackle the competition without their star player. The players formed a circle and danced jubilantly in front of their fans after the final whistle, while PSG's players trudged off despondently.

World Cup victor Mbappe had already had one goal chalked off by the officials when a comical Meunier own goal set Lille on their way after six minutes.

However, the Spanish full-back was shown a straight red card shortly before the break when he brought down Pepe as the striker was rushing towards goal.

Lille's forward line caused 10-man PSG constant problems. Pepe had a cool finish in a 51st-minute counterattack for his 19th goal of the campaign. Fonte completed the rout with another header on Pepe's corner with six minutes from time.

Earlier, Saint-Etienne kept the pressure on Lyon and Marseille in the race for third spot with a 3-0 home win against Bordeaux.

Montpellier boosted their top four hopes with a 2-1 victory over Toulouse at the Stade de la Mosson.

Nicolas Pepe will leave Lille during the next transfer window, the club's owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed.

The 23-year-old Pepe is among the most highly rated forwards in Europe and his transfer value is estimated at more than 50 million euros ($57 million). He has entered a price range that can not be paid anymore.

His value will have gone up after his performance against PSG.

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