PSG 4-3 Lille: Individual grades of the Paris Saint-Germain players

Paris Saint-Germain V  Lille OSC, French Ligue 1 regular season.
Paris Saint-Germain V Lille OSC, French Ligue 1 regular season. / Tim Clayton - Corbis/GettyImages
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Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain v Lille OSC - Ligue 1 Uber Eats / Xavier Laine/GettyImages

Forwards Grades

6 - Neymar: Fantastic game shadowed by another (the nth) injury around this time of the year. Hurts our hearts more than you'd believe. Ney did it all while on the pitch and left it with PSG still leading. It is true that he could have done even more, but the first 10 to 15 minutes were extraordinary and a full 90-minute performance might have very well ended up with him hitting the scoreboard more than once. This is the Neymar PSG needs going forward, even more, if the connection with Mbappe can stay there with the French now fully fit and available. The problem is, of course, that Neymar might miss two, three, or more weeks and he's at risk of missing the most pivotal games of Paris Saint-Germain's season. Sigh...

7 - Mbappe: Great return to the starting lineup by Kylian Mbappe. Scored a ridiculous goal to open the scoreboard absolutely blasting past two defenders before hitting the net. Then added the game-tying goal with just five minutes to go in regulation with one of his classic sprints from behind and sliding strikes. Bayern suffered his talents for just 30 minutes last Tuesday but they will have to deal with a full 90-minute piece of KM in two weeks. You can already feel the fear and the sweat dripping down their foreheads.

2 - Messi: Nothing to write about Messi here because Messi did absolutely not a single thing on Sunday. Touched the ball five minutes into the game. Disappeared (literally) for the next 90 minutes. Then scored the game-winning free-kick. That's it, that's Messi for you. Perhaps one of the, if not the, worst games he's played at PSG. Turned the 11-man PSG into a 10-man team with his mediocre effort, if you can call it that.

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(Sub) 2 - Ekitike: Roulette galore. We're approaching the point at which this young kid will attempt pirouette, backflip passes, or something like that. The question is: why? Why does he have to make everything look silly difficult? Why all of the flashes for nothing? He run, stretch the pitch forward, and drifted to the open right flank, but he didn't have any proper, actual, contribution. And he's the main striker off the pine at PSG. Just imagine...