Ligue 1 Defending Champion Was Crushed Down; Lille 5

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Second half goals from Nicolas Pépé, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes and Jose Fonte gave Lille a resounding victory.

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Pepe was denied by Areola before Dani Alves made a crucial intervention as Loic Remy went for goal, but it would still get worse for the champions as ex-Southampton defender Fonte headed in Pepe's corner for a fifth. Mbappe saw his another goal ruled offside in the 13th minute.

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.

Two minutes later, Mbappe expertly set up Bernat's volleyed equalizer and, just two minutes after that, Mbappe ran through and finished superbly - only for the flag to come up once again.

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"We can't lack personality like that, and concede three, four, five goals".

Coach Thomas Tuchel did not share the player's point of view, pointing out that PSG only had 15 players available for the match. "We played like beginners and we must not lose like that".

"Bernat played on the left, then the middle, it's not normal".

"Moussa Diaby has played only twice and (Thilo) Kehrer is sick - ordinarily they should not be with us, but here we are".

"We are missing too many players, and nobody is speaking about it".

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"There are 18 points left to play for - so I will let my players enjoy this for 48 hours, even if they have training on Monday", said a delighted Christophe Galtier. We lost Lassana Diarra and Adrien Rabiot, while Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Marquinhos and Thiago Silva have missed weeks at a time.

"Nobody is saying anything about this, though, as we keep winning".

"With 10 players it became complicated, we played with sick players who should not have played".

Lille, on the other hand, made the most of third-ranked Lyon's defeat to extend the gap to eight points in their contention for automatic qualification to next season's Champions League.

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

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