Paris Saint-Germain continued to march towards a record-equalling 10th French championship when goals by Neymar & Kylian Mbappe secured them a 2-1 win at home against bitter rivals Marseille.
Duje Caleta Car’s early opener for PSG was cancelled by Neymar before Mbappe’s penalty sealed the win. PSG now has 74 points.
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They now lead Marseille by 15 points, having had a late equaliser disallowed. Marseille could be crowned champions next weekend.
Jorge Sampaoli’s team has a three point lead over Stade Rennais, third-placed. Both teams are fighting for second place and direct qualification to the Champions League’s group stage.
PSG started off with a lively start. Mauricio pochettino’s men quickly took the lead in front a nearly silent crowd. This was after the club’s Ultras, or hardcore fan, expressed their frustration over last month’s exclusion from the Champions League.
“I was not expecting this kind of atmosphere. For a classic, you have to put everything aside,” said captain Marquinhos. “It was not the moment to do this. We understand them, but today was a day to put your pride aside.”
After 12 minutes, Neymar scored and lobbed Pau Lopez, the penalty spot keeper, from the penalty spot.
Marseille remained calm and level after 31 minutes. Caleta Car, after Gianluigi Davorma’s miss from a corner, tapped in from a packed goalmouth.
PSG put on pressure but were repeatedly caught offside, with Lionel Messi denying a goal.
They were rewarded for their dominance at the end of the half-time break when they were given a penalty. A VAR review revealed that the ball had struck Valentin Rongier’s elbow in the area.
Mbappe scored the spot kick in the first-half, five minutes before the end of the stoppage time. This was his 21st goal for Ligue 1 this season.
After the break, tempers flared and Neymar protested vehemently after receiving a yellow card for a foul against Matteo Guendouzi. He needed to cool down for a few minutes.
In the 75th minute, another goal was disallowed by PSG when Mbappe was ruled outside after being set up in the 75th minute by Messi.
Marseille celebrated what they thought was a equaliser five minutes before full-time. However, William Saliba’s goal was ruled out for an offside.