PSG title dream in smoke, Lille soar on!

European competition exhaustion does not come to play when OM take on PSG. Despite the disappointment of both teams crashing out of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League, the excitement of the French classico wasn’t in doubt.

Olympique Marseille played host to Paris Saint-Germain at a filled capacity Stade Velodrome. This fixture hasn’t been one that affects the shape of the league table in recent years so this made it extra special. The capital club (PSG) gunning for their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 while Marseille are the reigning champions. The game was settled in the first half with goals from Gabriel Heinze and Andre Ayew for OM and Clement Chantome scoring for PSG. The loss at Stade Velodrome left Les Parisiens fifth on the log while Les Phoceens leapfrog Rennais and Lyon to second position.
Stade Rennais compounded more to Olympique Lyon’s mid week misery at Stade Gerland. OL were dumped out of the champions league by Real Madrid and were expected to channel their attention to Ligue 1 title chase but Frederic Antonetti and his team had different ideas when they snatched a late equalizer despite being a man down for more than half an hour. Claude Puel’s dismayed look summarized Les Gones feelings. The draw was celebrated in Lille as it gave league leaders some breathing space.

Only a fortnight ago, Lille were joint top with Stade Rennais but had a superior goal advantage over them. Rudi Garcia’s Les Dogues have been the team to beat this campaign with Senegalese Moussa Sow in tremendous goal scoring form and mercurial Gervinho impressing with another five star performance in their win over Brest.
Lille LOSC need to negotiate ten Ligue 1 games well to become French league champions for the first time since 1954.

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