PSG held the draw 2-2; Marseille regains a 3-point lead in 2nd

PARIS (AP) — French champions Paris Saint-Germain blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with 15th-placed Troyes in another disappointing performance on Sunday.

PSG controlled the league game after 25 minutes with goals from centre-back Marquinhos, after Angel Di Maria’s precise cross, and striker Neymar, who scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Kylian Mbappe.

But poor defending still cost PSG, as it has done several times this season, and Canadian striker Ike Ugbo pulled one back in the 30th following a clumsy error by defender Nuno Mendes.

Two minutes after the break, PSG central defender Presnel Kimpembe fouled striker Renaud Ripart.

Midfielder Florian Tardieu stepped in to beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a nice Panenka-style penalty for lowly Troyes, who was promoted last season.

Neymar scored again in the 57th minute but his goal was disallowed after a video replay showed Mbappe pushing a Troyes player in the back before Neymar received the ball.

Earlier, Marseille showed they could cope without injured playmaker Dimitri Payet, winning 3-0 at Lorient and restoring their three-point lead to second place and the automatic Champions League spot.

Payet is out for the rest of the campaign with a calf muscle tear and striker Arkadiusz Milik is out with a minor hip injury.

Marseille scored through striker Bamba Dieng in the 39th minute, midfielder Matteo Guendouzi shortly after half-time and left winger Gerson in the 67th.

Monaco are in third place and three points behind Marseille with two games to play. Rennes can move level with Monaco and take third place on goal difference if they beat Coupe de France winner Nantes on Wednesday.

Marseille’s Matteo Guendouzi, right, duels for the ball with Feyenoord’s Bryan Linssen during the Europa Conference League semi-final, second leg soccer match between Olympique de Marseille and Feyenoord at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille in the south of France, Thursday May 5, 2022.

OTHER MATCHES

Farid Boulaya scored a last-minute winner as Metz improved their slim chance of avoiding relegation with a 3-2 win at home to Lyon, moving from bottom to 19th.

Lyon ended the game with 10 players after midfielder Thiago Mendes was sent off midway through the second half.

Captain Vincent Pajot and Didier Lamkel Ze put Metz ahead 2-0 before striker Moussa Dembele replied just before the break and equalized in the 85th minute with his 19th league goal in just 28 games this season.

Bordeaux replaced Metz in last place after losing 4-1 at Angers and closing in on relegation. Bordeaux have conceded a record 89 league goals.

Lens moved up to seventh place after their 2-1 win at Reims, with striker Florian Sotoca scoring his second goal of the match in added time.

Clermont moved up to 16th and closer to safety as they beat Montpellier 2-1 at home, with striker Mohamed Bayo scoring the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.

Nantes and Nice are both playing games on Wednesday because they met in the Coupe de France final on Saturday, with Nantes winning 1-0 for their first trophy in 21 years. Nice welcomes Saint-Etienne in difficulty.

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