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Paris St-Germain 2-1 Lens: Neymar stars in Ligue 1 win

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Neymar scores the first for Paris St-Germain against LensNeymar scored only his seventh Ligue 1 goal of the season

Neymar scored one and set up the other as champions Paris St-Germain beat Lens to move top of Ligue 1 briefly.

Lille went back to the top later on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Nice and are three wins from the title.

Neymar slotted in Paris St-Germain's opener at Parc des Princes, then saw his corner headed in by Marquinhos.

Fifth-placed Lens halved the deficit almost immediately when Ignatius Ganago reacted quickly in the box to fire in but PSG saw out the win.

PSG's win gave them a boost going into Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at Manchester City.

"It was hard, especially in the second half. Before the game we needed four wins from four games so we'll take the three points, that's the most important," said PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe.

PSG were without France striker Kylian Mbappe, who was struggling with a calf injury and not risked by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochett ino also started winger Angel di Maria and midfielder Marco Verratti on the bench, although Neymar played 90 minutes before being substituted in injury time.

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PSG, who are going for a fourth successive Ligue 1 title, travel to Manchester trailing 2-1 from the first leg in the French capital.

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Turkey internationals Burak Yilmaz and Zeki Celik both scored from outside the box as Lille beat 10-man Nice 2-0. They are one point above PSG with three games left.

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PSG

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Navas31Dagba5Marquinhos3Kimpembe22Diallo15Danilo27Gueye19Sarabia10Neymar23Draxler9Icardi1Navas31DagbaSubstituted forKehrerat 19'minutesBooked at 89mins5MarquinhosBooked at 90mins3Kimpembe22Diallo15Danilo27GueyeSubstituted forVerrattiat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins19SarabiaSubstituted forHerreraat 60'minutesBooked at 78mins10NeymarSubstituted forRafinhaat 90+2'minutes23DraxlerSubstituted forKeanat 90+2'minutes9Icardi

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4Kehrer6Verratti11Di María12Rafinha16Rico18Kean20Kurzawa21Herrera25Bakker

Lens

Formation 5-3-2

1Fariñez11Clauss24Gradit15Fortes14Medina13Michelin18Cahuzac28Doucoure8Fofana29Kalimuendo9Ganago1Fariñez11Clauss24Gradit15Fortes14MedinaBooked at 66mins13MichelinSubstituted forJeanat 81'minutes18CahuzacSubstituted forKakutaat 69'minutes28DoucoureSubstituted forMauricioat 76'minutes8Fofana29KalimuendoSubstituted forBanzaat 69'minutes9GanagoSubstituted forSotocaat 69'minutesBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

7Sotoca10Kakuta19Boura20Traoré22Mauricio23Banza25Jean33Pereira Da Costa40PandorReferee:Jerome Brisard

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamLensPossessionHome59%Away41%ShotsHome14Away15Shots on TargetHome6Away3CornersHome6Away2FoulsHome14Away16

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    Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Lens 1.

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