In a thrilling match held at RC Lens' stadium, Paris Saint-Germain faced the challenge without several key players. With Milan Skriniar sidelined due to injury, Achraf Hakimi participating in the African Cup, and Kang-In Lee in the Asian Cup, PSG entered a crucial match in the 18th round of Ligue 1.
The opening whistle marked the start of an intense encounter, with RC Lens looking to capitalize on the absence of fundamental players in the Parisian squad. However, PSG took the initiative, and in the 30th minute, Bradley Barcola broke the deadlock, receiving an exquisite pass from Kylian Mbappe, who played as a center forward in this game.
The pivotal moment of the first half occurred in the 45+3 minute when RC Lens' Gradit was sent off for fouling Bradley Barcola, who had orchestrated a luxurious play. The numerical advantage solidified PSG's position on the field, increasing difficulties for RC Lens.
The second half witnessed RC Lens' continuous effort to level the score, but PSG's sturdy defense held firm. Despite a hard-fought contest, PSG sealed the victory in the 90th minute with a goal from Kylian Mbappe, assisted by Dembele.
With a final score of 0-2 in favor of PSG, the Parisian team maintains its lead in the Ligue 1 table with 43 points. On the other hand, RC Lens drops to the eighth position with 26 points, feeling the impact of the expulsion and the effectiveness of PSG.
PSG's next challenge is on January 20th when they face US Orleans in the Round of 32 of the French Cup. Despite notable absences, PSG showcased its ability to overcome obstacles and maintain its dominant position in the French competition.