PSG and Marseille in a fiery stalemate | Illawarra Mercury


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Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain drew 0-0 with Marseille after playing for more than half an hour with 10 men, amid minor crowd problems at a hostile Vélédrome stadium. The Classic was briefly interrupted twice due to incidents involving OM supporters after both teams 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 Lens by seven points and Nice by nine. Lens beat Metz 4-1 while Nice took a thrilling 3-2 victory over Lyon at 10. Marseille, who will play their game again against Nice on Wednesday after dropping out due to serious crowd incidents in August, are fourth with 18 points in 10 matches. PSG believed they scored a debut goal when Luan Peres deflected Neymar’s plush shot into his own net, but a VAR review ruled the Brazilian was offside. It was then Marseille’s turn to be disappointed when Arkadiusz Milik’s effort was refused 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 when midfielder Marco Verratti – after receiving a blow to the left hip – was forced to leave and replaced by Idrissa Gueye. 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. Marseillais Valentin Rongier almost opened the scoring in the 65th minute, but his falling 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. In other results on Sunday, Monaco scored Montpellier 3-1, Troyes won 2-1 in Reims, Rennes beat Strasbourg 1-0 while Lorient and Bordeaux drew 1-1. Australian Associated Press

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