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Lacklustre PSG held by Nice in Ligue 1


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 dโ€™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.

Lacklustre performance

In Paris, Messi displayed his Ballon dโ€™Or trophy and Gianluigi Donnarumma showed his Yashin trophy for the Best Goalkeeper of the Year before kickoff but PSGโ€™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 Dolbergโ€™s header crashed on to Donnarummaโ€™s post. It was the highlight of a dismal, wet evening in Paris where Mauricio Pochettinoโ€™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.

SCORES

  • 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

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