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PSG extend lead to 11 points


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PARIS, Feb 11: Paris Saint-Germain has its mind set on the Champions League but still managed to extend its lead to 11 points in the French league by rallying past Lille 3-1 with a makeshift team.
Lille quickly took the lead with a close-range shot from Yusuf Yazici but PSG struck back with a tap-in from Goncalo Ramos and an own-goal from Alexsandro before Randal Kolo Muani rounded off the scoring in the second half.
PSG players Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi, Warren Zaire-Emery, Vitinha and Bradley Barcola started on the bench as coach Luis Enrique made seven changes to the side that beat Brest 3-1 in the last 16 of the French Cup on Wednesday.
Lille right back Tiago Santos toyed with Lucas Beraldo along the touchline in the sixth minute before making a cross that Fabian Ruiz cleared into the path of Yazici, who controlled the ball to fire home.
PSG equalized by pressing high up the pitch in the 10th. Ousmane Dembele robbed Alexsandro to tee up Ramos, who slotted into an empty net.
Alexsandro proved the weak link in the Lille defense as he botched his clearance in the 17th, scuffing a cross from Ruiz into his own net.
Barcola came off the bench to beat Ismaily on the left wing and feed Kolo Muani for the final goal in the 80th.
PSG stretched its unbeaten run to 16 games before hosting Real Sociedad in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. (PTI)


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