Lionel Messi had a night to forget as Paris St Germain was held to a goalless stalemate at the Parc des Princes by Nice in a dull Ligue 1 encounter on Wednesday.
Argentine forward Messi, who skipped training on Tuesday with a bout of gastro-enteritis a day after claiming a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or, was on par with an uninspired PSG which stayed top of the standings with 41 points from 16 games.
Olympique de Marseille leapfrogged Stade Rennais into second place with a 1-0 win at Nantes as the Rennes side slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against champion Lille. Marseille, which has a game in hand, has 29 points, with Rennes on 28 and Nice in fourth place on 27.
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RC Lens, which has not won any of its last three games, is fifth on 26 points after drawing 2-2 at promoted Clermont.
In Paris, Messi displayed his Ballon d’Or trophy and Gianluigi Donnarumma showed his Yashin trophy for the Best Goalkeeper of the Year before kickoff but PSG’s performance was far from glittering.
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It enjoyed possession but Nice was looking to hit it on the break and it had a huge opportunity just before the hour when Kasper Dolberg’s header crashed on to Donnarumma’s post. It was the highlight of a dismal, wet evening in Paris where Mauricio Pochettino’s side continued to struggle.
Marseille is now 12 points behind with a game in hand after being in control throughout at Nantes.
Gerson scored in the 30th minute with a fine shot on the turn, two minutes before Nantes was reduced to 10 men when defender Nicolas Pallois picked up a second yellow card.
Lille, which has been on and off in terms of form since the beginning of the season, looked like its 2020-21 self in a dominant display at Rennes with Xeka and Renato Sanches scoring before the break, a week before the side travels to Wolfsburg in a key Champions League game.
- 1. PSG 0-0 Nice
- 2. Clermont Foot 2-2 Lens
- 3. Nantes 0-1 Marseille
- 4. Rennes 1-2 Lille
- 5. Lyon 1-2 Reims