FT: PSG 3-1 Marseille. The missed penalty is the last action of the night, as PSG stroll to a 15th home league win of the season. They now have a colossal 20 point lead at the top of the table, as they remain on course for yet another Ligue 1 title. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.
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Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique de Marseille
Ligue 1 - 17 March 2019
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MISS! Pele goes the right way and denies Mbappe. Di Maria wanted it, Mbappe insisted, but sees his effort saved!
PENALTY TO PSG! Sakai brings down Mbappe, who is too quick for the defender.
Four minutes of added time here.
Brilliant from Di Maria to get out of a hole in the corner, with Sakai ending his run abruptly. Yellow card.
PSG letting the ball do the work here against the ten of Marseille.
Worrying for PSG as Mbappe stays down after a challenge from Kamara, but he is on his feet and looks set to continue.
Quite the return.
Di Maria tries to steer the ball through for Mbappe, but just gets too much on it.
Final change for PSG, with Juan Bernat on for Kurzawa.
Late challenge on Di Maria here from Kamara, but there is no second yellow card for the defender.
Change for Marseille, with Thauvin replaced by Nemanja Randonjic
He's happy this time...
PSG are slowing the game right down here, fully aware that their task is very much done.
Mbappe takes a whack from Strootman, but seems to be fine to continue.
SAVE! Pele does better this time, beating the ball away after Kehrer had fired for goal from the edge of the box.
Change for Marseille as Kevin Strootman comes on to replace Lopez.
And ruined it for his team...
Replacement goalkeeper Pele does not cover himself in glory there, but the free kick is sensational, right in the top corner. Pele seemed to think it was going wide, so did not dive for the ball!
GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! PSG 3-1 Marseille. Wow! What a goal from Di Maria as he fires a free kick into the top corner.
Balotelli is the man to be sacrificed, with 36-year-old Marseille reserve goalkeeper Yohann Pele on between the sticks.
Unbelievable decision from Mandanda to come racing from his line, Di Maria tries to nick the ball around him, Mandanda sticks out a arm, ten yards OUTSIDE his box, and is sent off. Madness from the Marseille stopper.
RED CARD! Mandanda is sent off for handling the ball outside his penalty area!!!
The flares are being set off all around the stadium now - Le Classique is bubbling!
Another break in play as several players are involved in a melee. The referee, somewhat bizarrely, steps back and lets the players sort their own problems out. Kimpembe and Ocampos are the players to be cautioned.
VAR is checked once more, but Di Maria is onside this time, after latching onto a Kehrer through pass, with the finish, from a tight angle, right out of the top drawer.
GOOOOOOAALLLLLL!!!! PSG 2-1 Marseille. Wonderful from Di Maria as he puts PSG back in front.
Great long ball almost sets Mbappe free, but Sakai gets up well to head back to Mandanda.
Some people hadn't even taken their seats...
Paredes lines up the free kick, from well out, but rifles the ball well over the top.
Di Maria is surrounded by Marseille players, but does well to win the free kick.
A goal out of nowhere! A simple ball forward causes problems at the back for PSG, Ocampos nudges the ball through for Germain, who takes it first time, firing across Areola and into the bottom corner.
GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! PSG 1-1 Marseille. What a start to the second half as Germain equalises!
Second half is under way. No further changes.
Bang. In. Form.
HT: PSG 1-0 Marseille. That goal on the counter is the final act of the half. PSG don't really deserve to hold the advantage at the interval, but when you have a superstar of Mbappe's ability, all it takes is one chance. The visitors have had created some openings, but need to find that killer pass.
Great touch from Di Maria as he takes the ball down, nudges it past the defender, feeds Mbappe, who slots his 26th goal of the season into the net with aplomb.
GOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! PSG 1-0 Marseille. It is that man Mbappe again as he gives PSG the lead just before half time.
One minute of added time at the end of the half.
Mbappe races clear down the left, is forced slightly wide, but can only fire straight at Mandanda.
Leandro Paredes wildly lashes the cross well away from his target and out for a throw.
Kurzawa's cross deflects off Sarr and rolls into the arms of Mandanda. Plenty of options waiting for that in the middle.
All kicking off now. Di Maria is called back by the referee to be cautioned after angrily remonstrating in the face of the official.
Here comes that change for PSG, with Meunier unable to continue. Thilo Kehrer is the man to come on.
Another change could be on the way for PSG, with Meunier seemingly struggling.
Early change for PSG, with Dani Alves limping off, to be replaced by Colin Dagba.
Lucas Ocampos races clear down the left, has options in the middle, but elects to go alone, and is dispossessed.
Another card here as Boubacar Kamara penalised for blocking off Mbappe. Correct decision.
Kurzawa makes his feelings known to the referee after his tumble was not rewarded with a free kick, with the remonstrations earning him a yellow card.
SAVE! Mandanda with an acrobatic stop to deny Thomas Meunier, who got the ball out of his feet well before firing for goal.
Di Maria goes down in a heap after minimal contact to the face. Poor from him.
Marseille have exerted their control on this again. Excellent tempo to the game, with the challenges starting to fly in!
And what a noise!
Yellow card for Thiago Silva for a lunge on Balotelli. Le Classique has taken off now!
NO GOAL! Lovely finish from Di Maria as he races onto the through ball before lofting the ball over Mandanda, but replays show he is JUST offside.
VAR! VAR! Di Maria puts the ball in the net, but we are going to VAR to check!
PSG have got themselves on the front foot now, but they still cannot create anything in front of goal.
Thauvin glides past Kurzawa, gets to the byline, pulls it back, but Areola gets down to make the block.
Marseille are very much the team on top at the moment. Thauvin is causing problems.
OH MY WORD! Steve Mandanda receives the back pass, takes a touch towards his own goal, but gets his angles all wrong, and almost touches it into his own net, with the ball fortunately just rolling past the post.
Angel di Maria tries to weave his way through, but loses control of the ball and the danger passes.
SAVE! Good start from the visitors, Balotelli in the thick of it, as he gets the ball out of his feet before firing a fierce strike for goal, but Alphonse Aréola is down to make a smart save.
KICK OFF! We are up and running here in the Parc des Princes.
So here we go! PSG possess an almost unassailable lead at the top of the table, as they go in hunt of their 15th successive home Ligue 1 win. However, after a mid-season slump, a Mario Balotelli-inspired Marseille have won five of their last six matches and have the scent of Champions League football in their nostrils once more as they close in on third-placed Lyon. Something has to give!
What Mario brings to the table, apart from goals...
Not letting it go...
PSG's embarrassing Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United will still be very much at the forefront of everyone's minds in the French capital. Their fans stayed away from their trip to Dijon - PSG's only match since their humiliation against United - but manager Thomas Tuchel has called for solidarity: "The supporters have been disappointed, like us, but now is the time to show that we are all together,” he said in the aftermath of the Dijon victory. "We have talked a lot. I was very calm and convinced that we would be capable of starting over. We played well, scored four goals and created lots of chances. It was a first step towards showing that we could react like champions.”
NO CAVANI, BALOTELLI STARTS: There is still no Edinson Cavani for PSG, who is still not even fit enough to take his place on the bench. Neymar continues to be absent, while Julian Draxler is also out. Dani Alves is back from his ban, while Adrien Rabiot has been suspended by PSG and is not in the squad. Mario Balotelli, who has led Marseille's resurgence starts, while Jordan Amavi is back from suspension and is on the bench.
TEAM NEWS - PSG: Areola, Silva (c), Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Verratti, Paredes, Meunier, Alves, Kurzawa, Mbappe, Di Maria... Subs: Buffon, Kehrer, Bernat, Dagba, Nkunku, Choupo-Moting, Diaby. /// MARSEILLE: Mandanda (c), Sakai, Kamara, Caleta-Car, Sarr, Ocampos, Sanson, Thauvin, Lopez, Balotelli, Germain... Subs: Pele, Amavi, Rami, Payet, Strootman, Gustavo, Radonjic.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash with Marseille from the Parc des Princes. La Classique never normally lets you down, and despite PSG again seemingly on course to stroll to the Ligue 1 title, Marseille's recent resurrection should ensure they at least challenge their old foes. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!