Paris Saint-Germain vs. Stade de Reims – Football Match Report – January 29, 2023

Paris Saint-Germain’s mediocre run in Ligue 1 continued as they fell to a last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Stade de Reims after being reduced to 10 men on Sunday.

Neymar scored early in the second half before Marco Verratti was shown a straight red card shortly after coming on as a substitute, with Folarin Balogun equalizing six minutes into stoppage time.

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PSG, once again lacking creativity, missed a chance to extend their Ligue 1 lead to five points after RC Lens’ chasing pack. Marseille and Monaco also picked up just one point on Saturday.

The capital side, who had lost two of their three previous games, have 48 points from 20 games with Lens on 45 and Marseille on 43 in an open title race.

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Reims is 11th with 26 points after stretching their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to 12 games.

“I don’t have the words to describe this match. We need to change our mindset,” said PSG midfielder Danilo Pereira. “We must be able to suffer together. If we cannot do that, it will be difficult for us.”

PSG started with Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar for the first time this year, but snorted through the opening half, which they ended with a single shot while Reims, who played a solid defence, threatened through Marshall Munetsi, Alexis Flips and Balogun .

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It prompted coach Christophe Galtier to replace Vitinha with Verratti in midfield and the international made an immediate impact as PSG finally applied some pressure.

In the 51st minute, Messi’s shot was deflected into the path of Neymar, who dribbled past Yehwan Diouf before poking the ball home.

Verratti’s contribution, however, ended after 14 minutes when he picked up a red card following a VAR review for a rough tackle on Junya Ito.

But PSG continued to dominate with Sergio Ramos coming close with a double header and Achraf Hakimi having a goal disallowed for offside.

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As it looked as if the home side would get away with three points, Balogun ran beyond Ramos before dribbling past Gianluigi Donnarumma and slotting the ball into an empty net for a well-deserved equaliser, his 11th league goal of the season.

Earlier, Lyon claimed a 2-0 win at AC Ajaccio for their first win in their last four league games thanks to goals from Johann Lepenant and Alexandre Lacazette.

Tempers flared after the final whistle, when shouting broke out between staff members on both sides.

Lyon is ninth with 28 points.


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