Player ratings as PSG limp to record-equalling title

Paris Saint-Germain secured a record-equalling tenth Ligue 1 title with an uncomfortable 1-1 draw at home to the ten men of Lens on Saturday evening.

Largely played to the backdrop of an eerie hush – a statement fostered by the prominent PSG fan group Collectif Ultras Paris – the lackluster hosts hardly warranted any fanfare.

On a night when a single point would be enough for PSG to claim the league crown, seventh-placed Lens represented an obdurate opponent. In their attempt to play the role of party-poopers, Lens shuffled into a compact 5-4-1 off the ball. The visitors leapt out of their rearguard when PSG played the ball backwards or made a ham-fisted stab at laboriously passing out from a short goal kick.

PSG were treated to a chorus of boos at the end of a first half in which they had created chances but collectively lacked a crisp touch in the crucial moment, with both Neymar and Achraf Hakimi squandering sights of goal.

Quick thinking from Kylian Mbappe almost broke the deadlock in the second half. The young forward initiated a sharply taken free-kick, sauntering into a vacant penalty area where only goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca was alive to the threat, smothering Mbappe who had his second attempt hastily cleared off the line.

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