Paris Saint-Germain’s ten drop points in Marseille’s dead end
Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain lost two points as they were held in a 0-0 deadlock against bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille after playing for more than half an hour with 10 men amid minor crowds issues on Sunday.
The match was briefly interrupted twice due to incidents involving OM supporters after both sides were denied goals in an entertaining first half.
PSG, who gave Achraf Hakimi a red card in the 57th minute, have 28 points in 11 games and lead RC Lens by seven points and Nice by nine.
Lens beat Metz 4-1 while Nice took a thrilling 3-2 victory over 10 Olympique Lyonnais men.
Marseille, who will replay their match against Nice on Wednesday after dropping out after serious crowd incidents in August, are fourth with 18 points in 10 matches.
PSG believed they scored a first goal when Luan Peres deflected Neymar’s plush shot into his own net, but a VAR review ruled the Brazilian was offside.
Then it was Marseille’s turn to be disappointed after Arkadiusz Milik’s goal was disallowed for an offside position.
The game was interrupted for three minutes when supporters threw objects on the pitch in a corner, putting pressure on Marseille after being suspended from a points deduction following crowd problems in a game against Angers.
The visitors received a heavy blow just before half-time as midfielder Marco Verratti was forced out and replaced by Idrissa Gueye after receiving a blow to the left hip.
The game took a bitter turn for PSG when Hakimi was sent off for a foul on Cengiz Under as the last defender after 12 minutes of the second half.
Valentin Rongier almost opened the scoring in the 65th minute but his downward header went right next to it.
There were more problems for Marseille when a supporter ran onto the pitch towards Lionel Messi before being escorted by the stadium stewards.
PSG relied on counter-attacks but the hosts remained vigilant at the back with William Saliba saving the day for OM with a saving tackle on Kylian Mbappe, who cleared the goal seven minutes from time. .
Mbappe was the most dangerous player for his side as Messi had an evening to forget, with the Argentine’s only chance coming in the first half with a header that crossed the bar.