‘Tackle of the century!’: Fans hail PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe’s INCREDIBLE last-ditch challenge on Burak Yilmaz… despite pulling his hamstring as he chased after FOUR Lille stars in on goal!
- PSG played against their Ligue 1 title rivals Lille on Sunday night and drew 0-0
- But if it wasn’t for defender Presnel Kimpembe, PSG would likely have lost
- The 25-year-old made a stunning last-ditch tackle with a pulled hamstring
There are last-ditch tackles, and then there are last-ditch tackles against your title rivals when you’ve just pulled your hamstring in the last exchanges of the game.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe fell into the latter category on Sunday night when, in the 79th minute with his side drawing 0-0, Lille launched a counter-attack from a corner.
Kimpembe was the one-man last line of defence but as he sprinted back, he injured his hamstring.
PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe (lower centre) made a stunning last-ditch tackle against Lille
Kimpembe got across to tackle Burak Yilmaz when he has about to break through on goal
The stunning last-ditch tackle was Kimpembe’s last contribution to the game for PSG
The 25-year-old can be seen to react to pain in his leg as he changed direction when the ball was threaded into the path of Lille’s onrushing striker, Burak Yilmaz.
But Kimpembe kept going and as Yilmaz surged forward, the defender slid across with a perfectly-executed tackle to steal the ball from the Lille attacker’s feet before kicking it clear while still on the ground.
‘Tackle of the century,’ said one user on Twitter. ‘Never seen a more perfect tackle, especially while pulling a muscle.’
Kimpembe was forced off by the hamstring injury he sustained moments before the tackle
Another said that for Kimpembe, that tackled would have felt ‘better than scoring’.
The game finished goalless but Kimpembe’s match finished immediately after his game-saving intervention.
He was forced off due to the hamstring issue he picked up and was replaced by Mitchel Bakker for the final 10 minutes or so of the match.
Kimpembe’s challenge was crucial to PSG holding on for a point against title rivals Lille
The draw was crucial for Lille – it keeps them at the summit of the Ligue 1 table but the battle for top spot is surprisingly close in France at present.
Lille hold first place with 33 points, with one-goal superior goal difference compared to second-place Lyon with the same tally.
PSG, meanwhile, are third on 32 points. They are next in action on Wednesday night, at home to Strasbourg but man of the moment Kimpembe won’t be featuring.
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