Neymar was sent off late when a lame Jonathan David scored the only goal that gave Lille a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their Ligue 1 title match on Saturday, a result that moves them three points clear at the top of the table.
Canadian striker David struggled with an ankle injury when he fired home in the 20th minute.
He was forced off shortly afterwards and came out on crutches to watch the second half with heavy tape where he had been caught by Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Without him, Lille were beating PSG in the capital for the first time in a quarter of a century, with a frustrating afternoon for the hosts that was summed up when Neymar was rejected at death.
Brazilian and Lille defender Tiago Djalo both received other yellow cards and were dismissed after an incident off the ball.
The result means that Lille is taking a big step towards winning a title that they last won a decade ago, just before Qatar’s takeover of PSG changed the face of French football.
It would be a remarkable achievement if Lille were to pipe up the Parisians, who have won seven of the last eight league crowns and face Bayern Munich away in the first stage of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Christophe Galtiers Lille are three points away from PSG with seven games left, with Monaco another point in third after beating Metz 4-0 earlier on Saturday.
Lyon is also a challenger. They can regain third place and level with PSG by beating Lens later.
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG had been thought to make it easier for another league title after winning 4-2 away in Lyon just before the last international break, but this result casts doubt on their references.
( Jowharwith AFP)