As Lens closes the gap at the top of Ligue 1 With Messi and Neymar missing, PSG loses for the first time since March.

Due to a suspension, Neymar was absent from PSG, as was World Cup winner Messi, who had been away from training for some time.

As Lens closes the gap at the top of Ligue 1 With Messi and Neymar missing, PSG loses for the first time since March.

For Sunday’s top-of-the-table Ligue 1 match, PSG was without Lionel Messi, who is still out after Argentina’s World Cup victory, and Neymar, who was suspended after getting sent off against Strasbourg. It was the team’s first loss in 32 games.

Five minutes in, Przemysaw Frankowski gave the home team the lead when Gianluigi Donnarumma’s save landed at his feet. Hugo Ekitiké quickly gave PSG the lead with a close-range finish.

Haise joined the ecstatic fans in chanting the club hymn as he commemorated his 100th game in charge. Lens, a close-knit community of supporters known as Les Sang et Or (The Blood and Gold) for its crimson shorts and yellow jersey, has deep working-class roots from its time as a mining community. In 1998, Lens won its sole league championship, while in 2002, it finished just behind Lyon.

Due to a suspension, Neymar was absent from PSG, as was World Cup winner Messi, who had been away from training for some time. The 13-goal leader in the league, Kylian Mbappé of PSG, managed only a speculative shot in the 60th minute.

Mbappé and Morocco’s right back Achraf Hakimi both appeared fatigued as a result of coach Christophe Galtier’s decision to play them this week in back-to-back games so soon after the World Cup. For the French Cup match at Châteauroux on Friday, according to Galtier, they will relax.

For the first time this season, the team completely lost its organisation, he continued. “Even if we tried to fight back, we had a chance to make it 3-2,” he said. “Why? I’m not sure, but we will discuss it with the relevant players and examine all of our play locations.

Despite Thursday’s 0-0 tie with Nice, Lens has won its last seven league games overall as it tries to close the gap on PSG.

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