Despite the draw, PSG are 12 points ahead of the top of the table for the French from Marseille, who advanced to second place with a 1-0 win at 10-man Nantes
PSG’s Lionel Messi in action against Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AP
Paris: Lionel Messi showed his latest Ballon d’Or to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) fans on Wednesday, but the Argentine had a quiet night as Ligue 1 leaders beat Nice 0 at Parc des Princes: 0 remained tied.
The 34-year-old had doubts ahead of the game after reportedly contracting a gastrointestinal infection after being named best player in the world for the seventh time in Paris on Monday .
However, he started against Nice in a PSG team that was missing from Neymar, who is expected to be out for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, the latest setback in the Brazilian’s time in the French capital.
Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe were the closest to hitting the net for PSG after the break.
« We created chances and I thought we deserved the three points, » said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino / p> « We are improving little by little ch. We’re front runners in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. «
Messi has only scored one goal in Ligue 1 since moving from Barcelona to Paris in August, despite having scored three times in the Champions League has.
Gianluigi Donnarumma also showed an award before the game, the Italian showing the Yashin trophy, which he won at the Ballon d’Or gala, as the best goalkeeper of a year in which he won his country played a leading role in Euro 2020.
He didn’t have much to do against a team from Nice, which defended superbly, despite making a decisive stop shortly after half an hour after a header from Andy Delort.
« We were very, very disciplined and I thought the draw was the right result, » said Nice coach Christophe Galtier, who led Lille to the Ligue 1 title last season at PSG’s expense.
The Nice-born French Moto GP world champion Fa bio Quartararo was on the pitch before the game, gave the celebratory kick-off, shook Messi’s hand and then hugged Mbappe.
Despite the draw, Pochettino’s PSG team are 12 points ahead of the French leaders from Marseille, who with A 1-0 win in 10-man Nantes moved up to second place when Brazilian midfielder Gerson turned on the half-hour with a brilliant finish.
Marseille, after the last game in Lyon was abandoned With one game left, Rennes advance after Brittany lost 2-1 at home to defending champions Lille. Renato Sanches scored the winning goal.
The big winners of the evening were Strasbourg, who defeated the struggling Bordeaux 5-2 and finished sixth in the table, just ahead of Monaco 3-1 in Angers.
Meanwhile, lies Lyon are mid-table after suffering a shocking 2-1 loss to Reims at home. Hugo Ekitike scored the winning goal for the away team after a mistake by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
Lyon had to play the game behind closed doors as a penalty for the incidents in the last home game when Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was thrown on the head by a water bottle thrown out of the crowd was hit.
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As recently as November, PSG had 40 points, 12 ahead of second-placed Rennes, who defeated Lorient 2-0 for their sixth win in seven games.
The 33-year-old Benzema finished fourth behind Messi, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho
Pascal Ferre, the editor-in-chief of France Football, was recently quoted in the New York Times as saying that Ronaldo had told him his main motivation was to retire as he had won the award more often than his old rival Messi.
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