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PSG Beats Marseille To Close In On Title

PSG vs Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain remain on course for a record-equalling 10th French title after hanging on for victory over bitter rivals Marseille in the latest edition of Le Classique.

Le Classique is the fiercest rivalry in France, but with Marseille fans banned from attending, and the Collectif Ultras Paris, the most vocal members of PSG’s support, staying silent until the end of the season in protest at the club’s management, there was a distinct lack of atmosphere in the stadium, something that PSG defender Marquinhos touched on to Prime Video Sport France.

“Yes, there was no atmosphere,” Marquinhos said. “Frankly, I didn’t expect it, it was a Classic. It’s a game where you have to put everything aside in my opinion. It was not the time to do that. We understand it, they have their arguments, especially if they haven’t had an answer yet. But we had to put pride and hubris aside tonight. They made their choice, but as a player, I don’t agree.”

Neymar’s early opener for PSG was cancelled out as Duje Caleta-Car bundled the ball in from a corner. But Kylian Mbappe converted from the spot in first-half stoppage time after the referee awarded a penalty for handball on a VAR review, restoring PSG’s lead .

PSG is 15 points clear of second-placed Marseille with six games remaining and Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who also has a far superior goal difference, stand poised to reclaim the trophy they relinquished to Lille last season.

Neymar produced an acrobatic finish to hook the ball in from Marco Verratti’s chipped ball into the Marseille box to score his 11th goal of the season for PSG, and sixth in three games.

Lionel Messi and Mbappe each had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.

And Marseille then had a late equaliser chalked off by VAR for a marginal offside decision against William Saliba after the on-loan Arsenal defender turned in a free-kick by former West Ham forward Dmitri Payet.