Paris Saint-Germain looked sluggish and listless as the Ligue 1 leaders crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Monaco, with Wissam Ben Yedder scoring twice.
After PSG’s exit from the Champions League in the round of 16 at the hands of Real Madrid, the poor performance at the Louis II Stadium will not appease the anger of the ultras who initially called on sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al- Khelaifi.
With nine matches to play, PSG still enjoy a 15-point lead at the top of the table and remain on course to equal Saint-Etienne’s record of 10 French league titles. Monaco moved up to seventh place with the win.
PSG enjoyed most of the first possession but were largely toothless in attack and the hosts deservedly took the lead in the 25th minute after Youssouf Fofana opened up space on the right flank and crossed for Ben Yedder, who brought it home with a subtle kick with the outside of his foot.
Monaco could have entered the break with a bigger lead but missed a few more chances before the break.
PSG’s first real opportunity came in the 51st minute when Kylian Mbappe took advantage of Neymar’s through ball to drive into the box – only to detonate his shot.
Substitute Kevin Volland replaced Gelson Martins and immediately made an impact to beat PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from close range at the end of a well-executed collective move in the 68th minute.
Ben Yedder made it 3-0 six minutes from the penalty spot following Presnel Kimpembe’s reckless tackle from behind on Volland. Donnarumma managed to parry the striker’s kick, but the ball bounced into the net.
PSG were without Lionel Messi, who was ruled out with flu-like symptoms. As well as the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, PSG were also without Sergio Ramos, Angel Di María, Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa and Ander Herrera.
reindeer were the big winners against Metzwinning 6-1 after a hat-trick from Serhou Guirassy helped them to victory. Montpellier won 2-0 away Bordeaux while Angers to beat Brest 1-0 at home.
that of Lyon trip to Reims and that of Lorient Match against Strasbourg both ended in goalless draws.
Serie A: Abraham double helps Roma beat Lazio
A brace from England striker Tammy Abraham helped AS Roma win the derby spoils with an emphatic 3-0 victory Lazio Sunday in Serie A.
It took less than a minute for Abraham to get on the scoresheet from close range from a Stadio Olimpico corner, with Lazio’s marking leaving much to be desired.
The former Chelsea striker then bravely delivered a cross from Rick Karsdorp to double Roma’s lead in the 22nd minute, taking his Serie A tally to 15 for the season.
Abraham has now scored 23 goals in all competitions this term – the most for a debut campaign for Roma, two ahead of Argentine great Gabriel Batistuta’s first year in the capital.
Goal of the match, however, went to Lorenzo Pellegrini, who curled a superb free-kick into the net five minutes before the break to end the derby like a contest.
Lazio could not elicit a response in the second half, as Roma overtook their city rivals to sit fifth in the Serie A table on 51 points, eight points behind fourth-placed Juventus.
Dusan Vlahovic scored a goal and scored another as Juventus eased to a 2-0 win over the bottom club Salerno move within a point of defending champions Inter Milan.
Juventus were eager to move on from their Champions League exit to Villarreal during the week but maintained their 16-match unbeaten streak in the league.
Paulo Dybala marked his return to the starting line-up after injury by scoring the opener as fourth-placed Juventus closed in on the top three, although Massimiliano Allegri’s side were still seven points behind leaders Serie A, AC Milan.
Juventus face third-placed Inter, the club who ended their run of nine consecutive Serie A titles after the international break. Salernitana remained nine points from safety.
Two first-half errors gave Francesco Caputo two goals as Venice lost 2-0 in a relegation fight against Sampdoria.
The first came in the 24th minute when Venice goalkeeper Niki Menp took too many touches in his own penalty area and Abdelhamid Sabiri stole the ball from him, allowing Caputo to sink into an empty net.
It was the fault of Venezia midfielder Luca Fiordilino 14 minutes later as he easily lost the ball to Sabiri. Menp could only parry Stefano Sensi’s shot and Caputo grabbed the rebound.
Venezia remain three points from safety while Sampdoria climbed seven points above the bottom three.
Hellas Verona draw 1-1 at Empoli after striker Giovanni Simeone failed twice with the same penalty. His first attempt was saved by Empoli keeper Guglielmo Vicario but had to be retaken following an encroachment. Simeone broke his second effort on the post.
La Liga: Sevilla stumble again in title race
Second place Seville stumbled again as they drew 0-0 at home against Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday, a remarkable seventh draw in their last nine league matches.
After being knocked out of the Europa League with an extra-time loss to West Ham on Thursday, Sevilla’s domestic title ambitions suffered yet another blow in a game that Real Sociedad have dominated from the start and deserved far more than they deserved. ‘a point.
Sociedad’s Alexander Sorloth had the best chance of the first half, but his effort was deflected by team-mate Cristian Porto, who was on the ground in the penalty area and made an unintentional save on the goal line.
In the second half, Real Sociedad were even more aggressive. Sevilla keeper Marko Dmitrovic, a late replacement for first-choice Bono who picked up the injury during the warm-up, made a reflex save from close range off a deflection and Portu hit the post with a header.
A few minutes later, David Silva hit the bar with another header. Thomas Delaney deflected a shot from Adnan Januzaj into the goal from the edge of the box.
In the end, it was another disappointing draw for Sevilla and a frustrating stalemate for Real Sociedad.
Espanyol were 1-0 winners at home against Real Mallorca while Cadiz to beat Villarreal by the same score. Celta Vigo also drew 0-0 with Real Betis.
Bundesliga: Dortmund lose ground on Bayern
Borussia Dortmund had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Cologne after taking the lead as they lost ground in the title race, falling six points behind leaders Bayern Munich with seven games remaining in the campaign.
Marius Wolf, who scored the winning goal against Arminia Bielefeld last week, put the visitors ahead after eight minutes but apart from a shot from Erling Haaland which sailed narrowly, Dortmund showed little else in the first half time.
Cologne earned a deserved equalizer through Sebastian Andersson in the 36th minute after Jannes Horn’s free-kick was headed in on goal by Anthony Modeste.
Haaland, the subject of intense transfer speculation, missed a one-on-one 10 minutes after the restart, with goalkeeper Marvin Schwaebe denying the Norwegian a fine block as Dortmund regained the initiative.
The visitors thought they had finally done enough to score when Gio Reyna broke clear to charge down the right and Haaland moved through the middle into the box. But the reduction of the American was erased at the last moment before reaching the striker.
Dortmund remain in second place with 57 points, with Bayern leading with 63.
Third Bayer Leverkusen rose to 48 points after winning 2-0 at Wolfsburg earlier on Sunday when RB Leipzig are in fourth place, three points behind, after a goalless draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.