Paris Saint-Germain vs. Stade de Reims – Football Match Report – January 29, 2023

Paris Saint-Germain’s middling run in Ligue 1 continued after being reduced to 10 men on Sunday as they fell to a 1-1 draw at home to Stade de Reims.

Folarin Balogan equalized on six minutes before Neymar scored early in the second half and was shown a straight red card shortly after substitute Marco Verratti.

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It was RC Lens who missed a chance for PSG, who once again lacked creativity, to extend their lead in Ligue 1 to five points. Marseille and Monaco have just one point on Saturday.

The capital team, who have lost two of their previous three games, have 48 points from 20 games, ahead of Lens on 45 and Marseille on 43.

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Reims has extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games in Ligue 1 and is in 11th place with 26 points.

“I have no words to describe this match. We have to change our mentality,” PSG midfielder Danilo Pereira said. “We have to be able to suffer together. If we can’t do that, it will be difficult for us.”

PSG started with Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar for the first time this year, but managed to falter in the opening half, with Reims a bit behind as Reims played a thin defense with Martial Munesi, Alexis Flip and Balogan threatening.

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Manager Christophe Gaultier prompted Verratti to replace Vitinha in midfield and the Italy international made an immediate impact as PSG finally put some pressure on.

In the 51st minute, Messi’s shot was deflected past Yevan Diouf before Neymar went wide.

Verratti’s contribution, however, was halted after 14 minutes when he picked up a red card after a VAR review for a harsh tackle on Junya Eto’o.

But PSG continued to dominate with Sergio Ramos scoring twice and Achraf Hakimi having a goal disallowed for offside.

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As the home side looked set to take the three points, Baloghi raced past Ramos and past Gianluigi Donnarumma to slot the ball into an empty net for his 11th league goal.

Earlier, Lyon beat AC Ajaccio 2-0 for the first time in their last four league games thanks to goals from Johan Lepennant and Alexandre Lacazette.

After the final whistle, tempers flared as a brawl broke out between the two sides’ staff.

Lyon is ninth with 28 points.

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