Paris Saint-Germain were only minutes away from suffering a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions against Lille on Sunday, until late goals from Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi spared the blushes for the reigning champions after initially throwing away a 2-0 first half lead.
Mbappe and Neymar had put PSG two ahead early on, but three deserved Lille goals from Bafode Diakite, Jonathan David, Jonathan Bamba had the 2021 champions on the cusp of a famous win. But Mbappe equalised towards the end, before a Messi free-kick won it in stoppage time.
Aside from an early opportunity from Lionel Messi that was well saved by Lucas Chevalier, Lille actually had the better of the first half chances despite conceding twice early.
From the very first minute, Gianluigi Donnarumma had to be alert, saving with his legs with less than 60 seconds on the clock from a deflected Timothy Weah strike. That wasn’t the only time the Italian goalkeeper was in action in the opening exchanges, soon tipping over from David after a weak head from Presnel Kimpembe and then a near post save to deny David again.