Messi is still in his country after winning the World Cup to Argentina. At the same time, Neymar was shown a red card in the last match against Strasbourg, due to which he did not play in this match.
The magic of young superstar Kylian Mbappe could not have happened without the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar. As a result, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) suffered their first defeat of the season in the French League-1. PSG, who are on top of the league, were defeated 1-3 by second-placed Lens in the points table. Messi is still in his country after winning the World Cup to Argentina. At the same time, Neymar was shown a red card in the last match against Strasbourg, due to which he did not play in this match. This was the reason why PSG had to go into this match relying on Mbappe alone.
Lens took the lead in the fifth minute With this PSG defeat, their lead in League-1 has now been reduced to just four points. Earlier, he had a seven-point lead over Lens. PSG have 44 points from 17 matches. Lens took a 1–0 lead in the fifth minute through a goal from Frankovski, but three minutes later Hugo Ekitike equalized for PSG. Lens striker Lois Openda scored again in the 28th minute to give his team a 2-1 lead. Two minutes before the end of the first half, Alexis Maurice scored another goal to seal a 3–1 victory for Lens.
Mbappe-Hakimi will be given rest for a few days.
After this defeat, the PSG management has decided to rest Mbappe and Ashraf Hakimi of Morocco to get rid of World Cup fatigue. Mbappe joined a PSG training session on 18 December, within 64 hours of playing the World Cup final. He also played against Strasbourg and scored the winning goal for the team. Hakimi also played seven matches for Morocco. PSG manager Christopher Gaultier said after the match that both footballers are not yet fully fit to play. Fatigue dominates them. He will be given rest for a few days.