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Ligue 1 2022-23: 10-Man Paris Saint-Germain Held By Reims After Sergio Ramos Sent Off

PSG were without the services of talisman Lionel Messi as the Argentine was rested after picking up a knock away to Benfica in the Champions League.

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PSG are still top of the table despite dropping points at Reims.
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Ten-man Paris Saint-Germain extended its lead of the French Ligue 1 2022-23  to three points and stayed undefeated after drawing with Reims 0-0 on Saturday. (More Football News)

The defending champion was short-handed from the 41st minute after Sergio Ramos was sent off for dissent.

“I will talk with the players because a lot of games are coming up and we need the maximum number of players,” PSG coach Christophe Galtier said. “Missing games because of stupid suspensions and stupid bookings, we must fix that.”

PSG looked disjointed and pedestrian after making five changes to the side that drew with Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. Neymar, Vitinha and Achraf Hakimi were reserves while Lionel Messi was rested after a calf knock against Benfica.

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Reims created problems by pressing high up the pitch and had the better chances in the first half. Zimbabwe midfielder Marshall Munetsi forced goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into a diving save with a shot on the turn in the 35th.

Kosovo winger Arber Zeneli was a thorn in the side of PSG. He made a cross for Alexis Flips, whose sliding effort was blocked by Danilo in the ninth minute. Zeneli nutmegged Fabian Ruiz to fire an angled strike that Donnarumma parried in the 52nd.

Despite a mediocre performance, PSG nearly won.

Kylian Mbappe curled a shot that goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf saved by making himself big in the 33rd. Mbappe and Neymar lost their nerve in stoppage time when they were booked for fouls.

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Meanwhile, Dimitri Payet’s milestone goal couldn’t stop Marseille losing its unbeaten record in the league to lowly Ajaccio by 2-1. The French playmaker notched his 100th league goal with the opener from the penalty spot in the 15th after Ajaccio defender Cedric Avinel handled the ball.

Payet celebrated the milestone by displaying a shirt that read “You are my 100. I love you Marseille” with a pun on the number 100 which sounds like blood in French.

In his long career, Payet has found the net in Ligue 1 previously with Nantes, Saint-Etienne and Lille. He also became the first current player to have at least 100 goals and 100 assists in the league.

But Ajaccio ruined Payet’s party. Congo forward Bevic Moussiti-Oko equalized in the 25th with a low drive from the edge of the box. Ajaccio’s winner came from an own goal by Leonardo Balerdi, who diverted a cross into his own net in the 47th.

“I’m angry,” Marseille coach Igor Tudor said. “We played just 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, we were not there on the pitch.”

In last place before kickoff, Ajaccio moved into 18th but remained in the relegation zone.

Marseille coach Igor Tudor rotated to rest some key players ahead of the Champions League game at Sporting Lisbon next Wednesday.

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Unhappy with his team’s lackluster performance, Tudor replaced Pape Gueye with Jordan Veretout at halftime and sent on Luis Suarez, Cengiz Under and Amine Harit for Alexis Sanchez, Payet and Gerson in the 57th. Yet, those substitutions made no difference.

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