After a disappointing 0-0 midweek result at home, Paris Saint-Germain will not want to fuel any of their rivals’ title hopes by losing more points when they take on Lens on the road. PSG have a comfortable 12-point lead in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of rival Marseille as they come in 17th out of 38 league games.
Lens, currently in fifth place and 15 points behind PSG, was recently one of those second-place challengers before a 2W-3L-2D race that saw him slide down the standings. He still has aspirations to finish in the top three. Second place would earn him a place in next season’s Champions League, while third place gives him a chance to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.
PSG, now without the injured Neymar (ankle), will rest Kylian Mbappé, who starts the game on the bench. Lionel Messi will lead the attack that will also feature Argentine stars Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria.
Sporting News will follow the game live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they occur.
Lens vs PSG live
(All the eastern time)
80 min.: SUBS – Lens brings in Massadio Haidara for the injured Kalimuendo and Yannick Cahuzac for Da Costa. Meanwhile, Nuno Mendes replaces Juan Bernat on PSG’s left-back.
78 min.: The lens zooms in again! Da Costa feeds Frankowski into the box and he hits a shot that stops and almost got on the rebound as well. It seems that PSG is close to receiving a knockout blow.
Regardless of the outcome, this is not good enough and has not been good enough for some time. In short, PSG have little or no chance of achieving their goals as long as this unhappy marriage to Pochettino continues. #RCLPSG
– Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) December 4, 2021
71 min.: This game is getting good. PSG have an opportunity at the other end and Leca saves Mbappé.
70 min.: SUBS – Mauricio Pochettino has seen enough. Mbappé replaces Icardi as forward and two changes in midfield: Wijnaldum and Idrissa Gueye replace Danilo and Paredes.
69 min.: Lens almost a second! In a 4-on-2 break, it’s David Pereira Da Costa with the shot that hits the far post and bounces off Keylor Navas’ hands.
The stick saves PSG
Navas did not arrive but the wood gave him a hand and avoided the 2-0 for Lens. 🤯
– beIN SPORTS Spanish (@ESbeINSPORTS) December 4, 2021
62 min.: Goal for Lens! Seko Fofana with a shot from afar and PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas shoots a save and the ball goes in! Lionel Messi was on the ground during the play and wanted a whistle for what he thought was a foul, but the Lens defender won the ball cleanly from Messi.
54 min.: SUB – Glasses attacker Gael Kakuta pulled something out and has to get out. Florian Sotoca enters.
51 min .: What an opportunity for Lens! A Clauss cross into the PSG area is not cleared, and it falls to Lens center forward Arnaud Kalimuendo, whose volley is deflected with the defenders closing in on him. The PSG loan failed, that should have been in goal.
50 min.: There is that individual quality that PSG presents: Ángel Di María with a curling effort that goes astray with the goalkeeper frozen in his line.
PASSED CLOSE 😱
Ángel Di María had a new opportunity as soon as the second half began. The PSG knocks on the door
– beIN SPORTS Spanish (@ESbeINSPORTS) December 4, 2021
47 min.: ATTENTION – Lens left-back Facundo Medina gets a yellow for a deliberate ball that denied a promising attack. He will miss his team’s next game.
Min 46: We are back on track at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Half time: Lens 0, PSG 0
Halftime: Another close match for Ligue 1 leader PSG. Lens started strong and arguably deserved a goal for his efforts, and then all three PSG forwards finally had their moments, including Lionel Messi hitting the post. Goalkeepers Keylor Navas (PSG) and Jean-Louis Leca (Lens) have handled matters so far. The best opportunity fell to Angel Di María in injury time, but he could not save it. At the end of the day, Lens has played better, but PSG showed they have the quality to score a goal at any moment.
Min 46: What a save from Jean-Louis Leca! That was the best opportunity of the match at the foot of Ángel Di María. A fantastic cross from Hakimi to Di Maria at the far post and his touch on goal is incredibly saved by Leka.
37 min.: Mauro Icardi finds himself inside the area and shoots into traffic that stops at a corner. Without Kylian Mbappé, PSG’s attack does not seem so incisive. Lens defenders keep everything in front of them.
31 min.: First it was a blast from Cheick Doucoure and then it was Gael Kakuta with a weak shot moments later. Lens raises the pressure again.
24 min.: Excellent free kick from Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss, who bounces right in front of PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Clauss seems to be up for this one.
22 min .: Fofana shoots on goal and it’s an easy save for Keylor Navas. The energy has subsided a bit for Lens, who was sending in a lot of numbers at the start of the match.
18 min.: Messi hits the post! He is surrounded by the defenders of Lens, but receives a shot from a central position that hits the outside of the right post. PSG is adapting to the game.
Everything is Lens in the first ten minutes: PSG are forced to make wayward passes and not long ago at half-time, the home team with all the momentum and pressing for the first goal.
– Receive French soccer news (@GFFN) December 4, 2021
8 min.: Lens is aggressive pushing forward and PSG have to weather the storm. In another quick transition, Seko Fofana finds Clauss for an off-target blast.
4th minute: Lens applies the pressure here and PSG delivers on various giveaways early on. Gael Kakuta is on the right and former Chicago Fire winger Przemyslaw Frankowski is on the left back.
1st min .: They were out. Lens will don a special black uniform for the game against PSG.
2:25 pm: PSG central defender Presnel Kimpembe is playing his 200th game for the club, joining a group of 42 players.
Lens vs. PSG lineups
Lens makes three changes: Captain Yannick Cahuzac, forward Florian Sotoca and left central Massadio Haidara go on the bench with David Pereira Da Costa, Gael Kakuta and Facundo Medina starting at home.
Initial lens formation (3-4-3, from left to right): 16-Jean-Louis Leca-GK – 14-Facundo Medina, 4-Kevin Danso, 24-Jonathan Gradit – 29-Przemyslaw Frankowski, 8-Seko Fofana (capt), 28-Cheick Doucoure, 11-Jonathan Clauss – 20-David Pereira Da Costa, 15-Arnaud Kalimuendo, 10-Gael Kakuta
Sub lenses (9): 1-Wilker Farinez-GK, 5-Christopher Wooh, 21-Massadio Haidara, 27-Charles Boli, 18-Yannick Cahuzac, 33-Jonathan Varane, 7-Florian Sotoca, 9-Ignatius Ganago, 2-Corentin Jean
Kylian Mbappé takes a break from his center-forward duties with Mauro Icardi getting a rare start between Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria. Defender Thilo Kehrer is out of the squad, while Sergio Ramos will return to training on Sunday after a prolonged break after his season debut. Neymar, Julian Draxler and Ander Herrera are all out due to injury, although Herrera is expected to return to training.
Initial formation of PSG (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK – 14-Juan Bernat, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos (capt.), 2-Achraf Hakimi – 6-Marco Verratti, 15-Danilo, 8-Leandro Paredes – 30-Lionel Messi, 9 -Mauro Icardi, 11-Angel Di Maria
Substitutes for PSG (9): 50-Giuanluigi Donnarumma-GK, 17-Colin Dagba, 22-Abdou Diallo, 25-Nuno Mendes, 28-Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe, 27-Idrissa Gueye, 12-Rafinha Alcantara, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum, 7-Kylian Mbappe
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How to watch Lens vs. PSG
- Dates Saturday, Dec 4
- Weather: 3 pm ET
- Television channel: beIN Sports, beIN Sports in Spanish
- Transmission: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect
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The match will be broadcast by the Ligue 1 beIN Sports rights holder in both English and Spanish. Both beIN channels are available to be broadcast via fuboTV , which offers new users 7-day free trial .
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.