PSG held to a 2-2 draw; Marseille regains a three-point lead in the second place

In another poor performance on Sunday, French champion Paris Saint-Germain threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with 15th-place Troyes.

Following 25 minutes, PSG had taken control of the league game with to goals from central defender Marquinhos, who scored after Angel Di Maria’s perfect pass and forward Neymar, who scored from the penalty spot after Kylian Mbappe was fouled.

PSG’s poor defense cost them again, as it has multiple times this season, as Canada attacker Ike Ugbo equalized in the 30th minute after defender Nuno Mendes made a foolish error.

PSG center defender Presnel Kimpembe fouled forward Renaud Ripart two minutes after the interval.

For Troyes, which was promoted last season, midfielder Florian Tardieu stepped up to beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a superb Panenka-style penalty.

In the 57th minute, Neymar scored again, but his goal was called out when a video review revealed Mbappe shoving a Troyes player in the back before Neymar got the ball.

Earlier, Marseille demonstrated that it can function without injured playmaker Dimitri Payet, winning 3-0 against Lorient to reclaim second place and the automatic Champions League position.

Payet is gone for the season with a ruptured calf muscle, while attacker Arkadiusz Milik was sidelined with a minor hip ailment.

Marseille scored in the 39th minute with striker Bamba Dieng, soon after halftime through midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, and in the 67th minute through left winger Gerson.

With two games remaining, Monaco sits in third place, three points behind Marseille. Rennes can catch Monaco and move into third place on goal differential if it defeats French Cup winner Nantes on Wednesday.

OTHER FIXTURES

Metz strengthened its fragile prospects of escaping relegation with a 3-2 home victory against Lyon, moving off the bottom into 19th position, thanks to Farid Boulaya’s last-minute goal.

Lyon played with ten players after midfielder Thiago Mendes was sent off halfway through the second half.

Metz had a 2-0 lead thanks to captain Vincent Pajot and Didier Lamkel Ze, but forward Moussa Dembele equalized in the 85th minute with his 19th league goal in only 28 games this season.

Bordeaux took Metz’s spot at the bottom after losing 4-1 against Angers and moving closer to relegation. Bordeaux has a league-high 89 goals surrendered.

Lens climbed to the seventh position after defeating Reims 2-1, with attacker Florian Sotoca scoring his second goal of the game in injury time.

Clermont climbed into 16th place and closer to safety after defeating Montpellier 2-1 at home, with striker Mohamed Bayo converting the game-winning penalty in the 69th minute.

Both Nantes and Nice are playing on Wednesday because they met in the French Cup final on Saturday, in which Nantes won 1-0 for its first title in 21 years. Nice takes on a struggling Saint-Etienne.

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