League Round 1: 10-man PSG extend their league lead to three points 

League Round 1: 10-man PSG extend their league lead to three points 

PARIS (AP) — Ten-man Paris Saint-Germain extended their French league lead to three points and remained unbeaten after drawing 0-0 with Reims on Saturday.

The defending champions were short-handed in the 41st minute after Sergio Ramos was sent off for dissent.

PSG made five changes to the side after Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Benfica that left them looking unhappy and pedestrian. Neymar, Vitinha and Achraf Hakimi were in reserve, while Lionel Messi was rested after picking up a hat-trick against Benfica.

The Rams had problems pressing high up the pitch and had good chances in the first half. Zimbabwean midfielder Marshall Munetsi forced goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to make a save in the 35th minute.

Kosovo winger Arbor Zinelli has been a stalwart in PSG’s side. He set up a cross for Alexis Phillips, whose sliding effort was blocked by Danilo in the ninth minute. Zinelli nutmegged Fabian Ruiz for a corner strike that Donnarumma beat in the 52nd.

Despite a mediocre performance, PSG almost won.

Kylian Mbappe hit a shot that goalkeeper Yvan Diouf saved in the 33rd. Mbappe and Neymar lost their nerve in stoppage time when they were booked for fouls.

Meanwhile, Dimitri Payet’s goal could not prevent Marseille from losing their unbeaten record in the league by 2-1 to lowly Ajax.

The Frenchman scored his 100th league goal in the 15th minute with an opener from the penalty spot past Ajaccio defender Cédric Avenel.

Payet celebrated the arrival by showing off a shirt that read “You are my 100. I love you Marcel” with a tick that 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 score at least 100 goals and 100 goals in the league.

But Ajaccio destroyed the Piet party.

Congolese forward Bevic Moussiti-Oko equalized in the 25th with a low drive from the edge of the box. Ajaccio’s winner came with an own goal by Leonardo Alardi, who turned a cross into his own net in the 47th.

“I’m angry,” said Marseille coach Igor Tudor. “We only played 15 minutes. After 15 minutes we weren’t on the field.”

In the last place before kick-off, Ajaccio went 18th but remained in the relegation zone.

Marseille coach Igor Tudor has moved to rest some key players ahead of next Wednesday’s Champions League game at Sporting Lisbon.

Unhappy with his team’s poor performance, Tudor replaced Pop Goy with Jordan Vertour at half-time and sent on Luis Suarez, Cingez-Ander and Emin Hart for Alexis Sanchez, Payet and Gerson in the 57th. . However, these alternatives did not make any difference.

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