Paris Saint-Germain had to come from behind to beat bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille 2-1 at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday. Moreover, they had to do it with 10 men after Thiago Motta saw red in the first half for conceding a penalty.
Andre Ayew converted the 34th-minute spot kick that was earned by Mathieu Valbuena in a combination of theatrics and a clumsy from Motta. But the opener lasted just 11 minutes as Brazilian international Maxwell headed in a perfect Gregory van der Wiel cross.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal of the second half, also from the spot, but this time after a less contentious clash between Ayew and Marquinhos.
All of this amidst a calamitous showing from referee Clement Turpin.
Laurent Blanc’s impressive start to life as PSG coach continues as the defending champions secured three important points that take them back to the top of Ligue 1, level on points with AS Monaco.
Marseille’s season suffers another setback with the top two now pulling away after 2-1 defeats to both their loathed rivals and the title challengers from the Principality.
Here are six things we learned from Marseille vs. PSG.