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League round-up: Paris St Germain’s stutter in quest for domestic bliss

Title is far from being in the pocket, says defender Danilo Pereira

Reuters Paris Published 04.04.23, 06:00 AM
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Paris St Germain’s title march towards the Ligue 1 title suffered another setback when they suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.

The capital side, who only have the league to salvage a disappointing season after being knocked out of the French Cup and the Champions League, fell victim of Bradley Barcola’s second half goal and were left on 66 points from 29 games.


They lead second-placed RC Lens, who beat Stade Rennais 1-0 away on Saturday, by six points with third-placed Olympique de Marseille also on 60 points after a 1-1 draw with Montpellier on Friday.

Earlier on Sunday, fourth-placed Monaco moved within three points of Marseille after a spectacular 4-3 home victory against Racing Strasbourg.

Lyon are ninth on 44 points.

“It’s a lot. There is disappointment and anger because we concede too any opportunities. We lacked character and pride,” said PSG coach Christophe Galtier.

“We don’t follow the plan, we’re not giving everything. The title is far from being in the pocket,” said PSG defender Danilo Pereira.

The clash between PSG and Lyon started 10 minutes late after Laurent Blanc’s side faced transportation issues.

Correa strikes

A late goal from Angel Correa earned Atletico Madrid a fourth straight win as they beat Real Betis 1-0 on Sunday, extending their unbeaten streak in La Liga to 11 games.

Diego Simeone’s side are third on 54 points, six ahead of Real Sociedad and five behind Real Madrid, close to securing a Champions League berth next season.

Betis are fifth on 45 points.

Correa came off the bench and scored the winner five minutes from the end with a brilliant run, leaving several defenders in his wake, to shoot from the middle of the box into the bottom left corner for his sixth league goal of the season.

“I’m happy for the goal,” Correa said.

“(The goal) was a bit of watching, reading what the defence was going to do."

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