Ligue 1 – PSG – OM (2-1) / Paris stun Marseille thanks to Neymar and Mbappé, the VAR continues to act

PSG wins a very boring classic. Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated Olympique de Marseille (2-1) in a bizarre Parc des Princes on Sunday night thanks to goals from Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Duje Caleta-Car had equalized for the first time and the Olympians thought they would take the point from a tie when William Saliba defeated Gianluigi Donnarumma late in the game. A performance that was ultimately rejected for an offside position by a few centimetres, which will certainly create a topic of conversation, like the penalty awarded to the Parisians before half-time. The residents of Ile-de-France are now 15 points clear of tonight’s opponents and heading for their tenth national title.

It was supposed to be a gala evening. And finally, neither the atmosphere nor the quality of the game was right. The PSG ultras have agreed on a pep talk in response to their charges’ dismal performances at the end of the season. And it took a penalty from Kylian Mbappé and a disallowed goal from William Saliba at the end of the game to rouse the Park from its paralysis and elicit applause. Paris Saint-Germain won the 85th classic in Ligue 1 without convincing. Opposite, Olympique de Marseille showed nothing, chained long sterile possessions. Both teams offered a soporific first half hour. Fortunately, the goalkeepers showed up. But not in the positive sense of the word.

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Difficult evening for Lopez and Donnarumma

The Parisians opened the scoring after a dangerous exit from Pau Lopez on a fine Marco Verratti pass that Neymar capitalized on. The Brazilian toe-toed the ball in an empty Marseille cage (1-0, 11′). This blunder will reignite discussions over the choice of Jorge Sampaoli for the Spanish goalkeeper who conceded a free-kick from Neymar (33′) four days after Steve Mandanda’s masterful performance in Greece.

The debate is also open to PSG. Keylor Navas available again, Mauricio Pochettino bet on Gianluigi Donnarumma… who got a hole in a corner. His missed clarification benefited Duje Caleta-Car, lonely at the far post and very happy with the performance (1-1, 30th). This was the Olympians’ first concrete action!

Duje Caleta Car equalizes 1-1 at PSG-OM in Ligue 1

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The VAR spoke up

When they didn’t have much to offer in the game, Marseille had the merit of creating danger from set pieces. Dimitri Payet, set up on the wrong nine in Arkadiusz Milik’s absence, left a miracle down the middle at the foot of Saliba, who was alone at the far post. As soon as the ball was sent under the crossbar by Donnarumma (85th), the hypothesis that the neo-national player was offside gained weight. François Letexier finally scraped the Olympic equalizer by a few centimetres, at best a shoulder behind PSG’s defence.

Arbitration will be the focus of post-match discussions as a very heavy penalty was imposed on OM as well. On a pass from Neymar, Valentin Rongier deflected the ball with his thigh, which hit his elbow before touching Gerson’s arm, who came in as a backup. After consulting the VAR, the referee, who denied Lionel Messi two goals for offside (40′, 45’+1), awarded the penalty spot. And Mbappé converted the set (2: 1, 45 + 5) after extra time.

His 21st league success gives PSG a 15-point lead as they move closer to a tenth domestic title that would see the Parisian club level with Saint-Etienne. The crowning glory could come next weekend in the event of a win in Angers coupled with a defeat by the Marseillais against Nantes. At the end of this classic, which will not go down in history, the Olympians are still three lengths ahead of Rennes. The hunt for direct qualification in the Champions League is more open than ever.

Kylian Mbappé scores the 2-1 penalty against PSG-OM in Ligue 1

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