"We needed this win after the last two defeats to get our rhythm back and regain confidence," PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe told Canal Plus. "We've done that today and we're very pleased. "Criticism in football is normal. Everyone is used to these kinds of things and it drew a reaction from us." The win kept kept Unai Emery's team nine points clear of reigning champions Monaco - 3-2 winners at home to Troyes - at the top and ensured PSG will head into the new year in first place in France. "There's still a long way to go, and the most important thing will be after 38 matches," added Kimpembe.
34 - @KMbappe has been involved in 34 goals in Ligue 1 since 2016/17 (21 goals, 13 assists), at least 20 more than any other U20 player from the top 5 leagues in the same period. Fantastic. pic.twitter.com/v1c1ORFMI9— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 9, 2017
PSG were looking to end their worst week of the season, after a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg last weekend was followed by a 3-1 reverse away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. It was the first time in three years that PSG had lost successive games, but the capital club set about righting the ship as Di Maria headed in an Mbappe cross - the flag staying down despite the Frenchman straying marginally offside. PSG lost midfielder Adrien Rabiot to an apparent hamstring injury at the break, but Pastore doubled the hosts' advantage by blasting past Maignan after Marco Verratti robbed Ibrahim Amadou of possession deep in Lille territory. Mbappe nearly added a third when his low strike was awkwardly tipped onto the post by Maignan, but Lille received a lifeline when Giovani Lo Celso's sliding challenge inadvertently set up substitute El Ghazi. Edinson Cavani was denied a league-leading 18th goal of the campaign as Maignan plunged down low to his right to superbly deny the Uruguayan, but the Lille keeper was nowhere to be seen when Mbappe sealed victory in the closing seconds. Guido Carrillo struck two late goals as Monaco recovered from 2-0 down at home to stun Troyes 3-2 after South Korea forward Suk Hyun-Jun netted twice for the visitors.
PSG make it 2-0 thanks to a wonderful tackle from Verratti to win back possession pic.twitter.com/r24PzPujDJ— Goal (@goal) December 9, 2017
Monaco clawed a goal back when Thomas Lemar's cross was diverted in his own net by Mathieu Deplagne before Argentine striker Carrillo's heroics secured a vital three points. Lyon can reclaim second from Monaco on Sunday when they travel to promoted Amiens, while Marseille could also draw level on points at home to struggling Saint-Etienne. RESULTS Paris Saint-Germain 3 (Di Maria 28, Pastore 49, Mbappe 90+3) Lille 1 (El Ghazi 86) Toulouse 2 (Da Silva 61-og, Gradel 74-pen) Caen 0 Monaco 3 (Deplagne 70-og, Carrillo 85, 88) Troyes 2 (Suk 25, 50) Metz 1 (Mollet 41) Rennes 1 (Mubele 86) Angers 1 (Toko Ekambi 56) Montpellier 1 (Mbenza 51) Guingamp 4 (Briand 37, Salibur 40, Coco 59, Kerbrat 66) Dijon 0
5 - Hyun-Jun Suk has scored 5 goals with only 8 shots on target in Ligue 1. Zlatan. pic.twitter.com/2HvOyMV051— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 9, 2017