PSG and Marseille in fiery stalemate

Marseille fans provided a hostile atmosphere for their Ligue 1 clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Marseille fans provided a hostile atmosphere for their Ligue 1 clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain have drawn 0-0 with Marseille after playing more than half an hour with 10 men, amid minor crowd trouble at a hostile Stade Veledrome.

Le Classique was briefly paused twice because of incidents involving OM fans after both teams had goals disallowed in an entertaining first half.

PSG, who had Achraf Hakimi red carded in the 57th minute, have 28 points from 11 games and lead Lens by seven points and Nice by nine.

Lens thrashed lowly Metz 4-1 while Nice claimed a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against 10-men Lyon.

Marseille, who will replay their game against Nice on Wednesday after it was abandoned due to serious crowd incidents in August, are fourth on 18 points from 10 matches.

PSG thought they had an early goal when Luan Peres deflected Neymar's fluffed shot into his own net but a VAR review ruled that the Brazilian was offside.

It was then Marseille's turn to be disappointed when Arkadiusz Milik's effort was disallowed for an offside position.

The game was paused for three minutes when fans threw objects onto the pitch at a corner, putting pressure on Marseille after they were handed a suspended points deduction following crowd trouble in a game against Angers.

The visitors were dealt a massive blow just before halftime when midfielder Marco Verratti - after taking a knock on his left hip - was forced off and replaced by Idrissa Gueye.

The match took a sour turn for PSG when Hakimi was sent off for a foul on Cengiz Under as the last defender 12 minutes into the second half.

Marseille's Valentin Rongier came close to opening the scoring in the 65th minute but his downward header went just wide.

There was more trouble for Marseille when a supporter ran onto the pitch towards Lionel Messi before being escorted out by stadium stewards.

PSG were left banking on counter attacks but the hosts stayed alert at the back with William Saliba saving the day for OM with a match-saving tackle on Kylian Mbappe, who was running clear on goal seven minutes from time.

Mbappe was the most dangerous player for his team as Messi had a night to forget, the Argentine's only chance coming in the first half with a header that went over the bar.

In other resuts on Sunday, Monaco accounted for Montpellier 3-1, Troyes won 2-1 at Reims, Rennes edged Strasbourg 1-0 while Lorient and Bordeaux drew 1-1.

Australian Associated Press