French Ligue 1: PSG survives Marseille scare as Neymar, Mbappe score in epic clash

Kylian Mpape celebrates a goal

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Ligue 1, Parc des Princes – Paris Saint-Germain 2 (Neymar 12′, Mbappe 45+4′) Marseille 1 (Caleta-Car 31′)

By Our Sports Desk

Paris Saint-Germain overcame fierce rivals Marseille 2-1 in ‘Le Classique’ on Sunday night to move within one win of the Ligue 1 title.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 12th minute diverting Marco Verratti’s teasing ball past Pau Lopez.

Marseille took advantage of a Gianluigi Donnarumma error and Duje Caleta-Car tapped home the equaliser on the half hour.

 PSG were awarded a penalty for a handball by Gerson on the stroke of half time and Kylian Mbappé made no mistake to notch his 21st goal of the season.

The second half failed to live up to the first, with Marseille controlling possession in deep areas and PSG happy to hit Jorge Sampaoli’s men on the counter.

PSG were given a scare five-minutes from time when Willaim Saliba turned home Dimitri Payet’s free-kick but VAR overturned the goal for offside.

Not a ‘classique’ for the ages but one that was key for a PSG side looking to wrap up the title as quickly as possible.

The result sees PSG move 15 points ahead of second-placed Marseille with six games to play and the Parisians could seal the title if they beat Angers on Wednesday and Jorge Sampaoli’s men fail to beat Nantes.

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