Paris St. Germain presented in the thrilling title race in France. The team of coach Mauricio Pochettino defeated the strong promoted RC Lens 2: 1 (1: 0) and took over the championship lead with 75 points for at least a few hours. OSC Lille (73) can overtake PSG again on Saturday evening (9 p.m. in LIVETICKER) with a win against OGC Nice.
Neymar (33rd) and Marquinhos (59th) scored the goals for the hosts. Pochettino spared some regular players with a view to the semi-final second leg in the Champions League on Tuesday at Manchester City (first leg 1: 2). The ailing world champion Kylian Mbappe (calf injury) was not in the squad at all.
National player Julian Draxler was in the starting line-up, Thilo Kehrer came on early for Colin Dagba (19th). Ignatius Ganago shortened for the guests (61st).
The Lens team bus had been smeared with graffiti by supporters of the capital city club before the game. The French master strongly condemned the actions in a statement. The police are investigating.