Paris Saint Germain extended their Ligue 1 lead to 15 points when they beat the bottom side Bordeaux 3-0 at home on Sunday, but their latest Champions League failure loomed large at the Parc des Princes.
Kylian Mbappé, who was spared the boos of the fans, Neymar and Leandro Paredes found the back of the net to give PSG 65 points from 28 games, four days after being knocked out of Europe’s premier club competition by Real Madrid.
The PSG players were met by a cold reception from the crowd, with Neymar heavily booed when it took a free-kick. The team’s “ultra” fans have called for club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and the sporting director Leonardo to resign.
“We understand their disappointment and their hatred but we have to more forward to lift our heads up and win the Ligue 1 title,” the defender Presnel Kimpembe said. “We’re all at fault, we’re a team. It’s time to show that we have character and stick together.”
The result left Bordeaux on 22 points, four points from safety. Keylor Navas was back in goal for the home side after Gianluigi Donnarumma’s gaffe cost them the first goal against Real, while the midfielder Marco Verratti was suspended.
Only Mbappé, scorer of both goals in the 3-2 aggregate loss to Real, was cheered on by the fans, especially when he opening the scoring after 24 minutes. Mbappe fired in from close range after Lionel Messi’s through ball had been deflected into his parth by Georginio Wijnaldum.
Messi’s name was also booed by the crowd when the announcer read out the starting lineups. The crowd were still reeling from the disappointment of seeing their team knocked out of the Champions League after conceding three goals in 17 minutes against Real on Wednesday. Hundreds of ultras left the Auteuil stand at half-time.
Neymar doubled the lead seven minutes into the second half as he tapped in from Achraf Hakimi’s pass after the Moroccan collected another pass from Messi. The goal was met by a mixture of whistles and clapping by the Parc des Princes but the crowd celebrated properly when Paredes scored a penalty. Bordeaux moved a step closer to relegation for the first time since 1991.
in la liga, Seville’s title ambitions suffered another blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecanoa sixth draw in the last eight league matches.
Julen Lopetegui’s second-placed side have 56 points from 28 games, seven behind Real Madrid who have a match in hand and travel to Mallorca on Monday. Third-placed Atlético Madrid have 51 points, five behind Sevilla and three ahead of Barcelona.
“We go out with a very negative sensation after a tough game that was even tougher due to the field of play that was in very poor condition,” Lopetegui said.
Rayo went ahead early the second half when Bebe netted a perfect strike from the edge of the box but Sevilla equalized through Thomas Delaney who found space inside the box to find the bottom corner.
in Italy, Napoli climbed to second in Serie A after a double from the Nigeria international forward Victor Osimhen fired them to a 2-1 win at Verona†
Osimhen made the difference in a tight match, heading the visitors in front in the 14th minute. Verona applied plenty of pressure after the break, with Osimhen feeling the effects of one of several robust Verona challenges, but he recovered to double the lead with 19 minutes left.
Verona refused to give in and got back into the contest as captain Davide Faraoni headed home, but Federico Ceccherini’s sending off for two bookable offenses seven minutes from time.
Victory took Luciano Spalletti’s title chasers to 60 points from 29 matches played, three points behind leaders AC Milan and two ahead of Inter, who play Torino later on Sunday. Verona stay ninth.
A home loss to AC Milan last week dented Napoli’s hopes of a first Scudetto in 32 years, but with Osimhen back fit and in form, they have every chance of pushing the Milan clubs all the way.
“I think after the defeat by Milan everyone was upset, so we went into a difficult ground against an organized team with determination and desire to win, it’s a deserved win,” he told DAZN. “In order to win the Scudetto, we must try to win every game this season. Today was a step towards our objective and I believe we can do it.”
Atalanta were held to a 0-0 draw by Genoa to leave them trailing the top four by eight points. fourth-placed Juventus’s 3-1 win at sampdoria on Saturday put the pressure on Atalanta to keep pace in the race for the Champions League qualification spots, and a home game against 19th-placed Genoa seemed a gift. However, other than Luis Muriel’s first-half effort that clipped the outside of the post, Atalanta struggled to break down their determined opponents.
in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund edged past Arminia Bielefeld 1-0, with Erling Haaland back from injury, to cut the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to seven points with a game in hand.
Marius Wolf tapped in a Thorgan Hazard cutback for the winner in the 21st minute, with Donyell Malen twice hitting the woodwork.
Haaland made his comeback just past the hour, having been out since January with an adductor injury. After last week’s draw with Augsburg that followed their Europa League exit, the win was much-needed good news for coach Marco Rose. Dortmund move to 53 points, with Bayern on 60.
They can further cut the gap on Wednesday when they meet Mainz 05 in a match postponed from last week because of Covid-19 cases in the Mainz team.
Bayer Leverkusen are third on 45 following their 1-0 loss to Cologne.