PSG’s Georginio Wijnaldum saves the Ligue 1 leaders against RC Lens.
A last-gasp goal from Georginio Wijnaldum helped Ligue 1 leaders Paris St. Germain hold off Lens to earn a 1-1 draw at the Stade de France on Saturday.
The Dutch midfielder scored two minutes left to play in stoppage time to cancel out Seko Fofana’s second-half opening and move PSG to 42 points after 17 matches.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who once again appeared entirely out of ideas, now has a 13-point advantage over second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Stade Brestois earlier on Saturday.
Lens, who had several chances to win it before Wijnaldum’s equalizer, finished fifth with 27 points after missing multiple opportunities.
It took until the 62nd minute for the hosts to be rewarded when Keylor Navas’s error allowed Fofana to score with a floated effort from outside the penalty area. When Pereira Da Costa’s shot hit the post and bounced into Navas’s arms, it signaled the end of Lens’s pressure.
After a fast counter-attack, Przemyslaw Frankowski put Navas under more pressure, but PSG held on. Nine minutes from time, Florian Sotoca’s shot flew just wide of the target, and it proved to be Lens’s final clear chance before Mbappe, who came on as a 70th-minute substitute, sent a superb cross that left Wijnaldum unmarked.
The Dutchman timed his jump perfectly to beat Jean-Louis Leca with a header that flew into the top corner, providing PSG with their lone consolation of the evening. If Stade Rennais defeats bottom-placed St Etienne on Sunday at Geoffroy Guichard, they will move into second place in the table, 11 points behind the leaders.
Nice, who is now in fourth place, will play Racing Strasbourg on Saturday and may move into second place if they win and Rennes lose.