Paris (AFP) – Lucas grabbed a controversial late winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lille 2-1 on Tuesday to stay three points behind Monaco after the Ligue 1 leaders secured a gritty 2-1 victory at Montpellier.
Edinson Cavani netted his league-leading 23rd goal of the season to put the reigning champions ahead on 70 minutes at the Parc des Princes.
A dreadful mistake from Alphonse Areola allowed Nicolas de Preville to level with four minutes left, but Lucas claimed a crucial three points for PSG in stoppage time despite being in an offside position.
“We never gave up despite conceding a goal just a few minutes from the end. We kept going and were able to get the winner,” Lucas told Canal+ Sport.
After scoring twice in the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of Dijon, Unai Emery’s side again left it late to keep themselves within touching distance of Monaco.
Areola made a sharp low save to keep out Franck Beria’s first-half header, while PSG struggled to convert their dominance into a lead as Vincent Enyeama stuck out a strong right hand to thwart Angel Di Maria on the hour.
But Cavani eventually broke the deadlock when he steered a looping free-kick into the far corner via a combination of head and shoulder.
Lille looked to have snatched a point when Areola lost control of a backpass under pressure from Eric Bautheac, with fellow substitute De Preville gleefully slotting home the equaliser.
However, Lucas forced the ball in from close range in the second minute of added-on time after Cavani’s initial shot was charged down amid a desperate scramble in the Lille box.