Paris Saint-Germain’s title defense is hanging by a thread after a 1-1 draw at Rennes on Sunday that left them three points behind leaders Lille with just two games to go.
PSG led Neymar’s penalty seconds before half-time. It was given after a lengthy video review, even though it looked like Nayef Aguerd had made a clean tackle in the area of left-back Layvin Kurzawa.
After PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved the good curler from midfielder Flavien Tait from 20 meters halfway through the second half, Rennes striker Serhou Guirassy superbly directed winger Benjamin Bourigeaud’s corner. at the 70th.
PSG recklessly had center-half Presnel Kimpembe sent off towards the end and could have lost for the ninth time in the league this season. But the Navas alert saved again from Tait’s pierced shot in the first minute of added time.
Rennes, seventh place, was rewarded for a good performance by slightly reducing the gap to one point on Lens and the fifth place of Marseille in the Europa League.
Lille have a good chance of winning their first title since 2011 and have a better head-to-head record after drawing a home draw against PSG and winning away.
With two rounds remaining, PSG are just two points ahead of third-placed Monaco, who won 1-0 in Reims to stay in the Champions League places.
Marseille lost crucial points in the race for the Europa League after a 1-0 defeat at Saint-Etienne but are fifth on goal difference.
Monaco struck in the 20th minute through midfielder Eliot Matazo, who had a quick run from deep in his own half and exchanged passes with Wissam Ben Yedder at the edge of the penalty area before finish with confidence.
It was Monaco’s sixth win in the last seven games without conceding a goal, a perfect copy only erased by last weekend’s loss to Lyon.
Midtable Saint-Etienne’s goal came in the 43rd minute when Arnaud Nordin returned Wahbi Khazri’s cross from the left at the far post.
After Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda prevented more goals, the visitors nearly equalized when substitute Dario Benedetto’s late header was saved.
Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez criticized the attitude of his teammates.
“I’m angry because we didn’t score today,” he told Canal Plus. “I think the team doesn’t understand how important these games are to be European next season.”
Elsewhere, it was: Angers 3, Dijon 0; Nice 3, Brest 2; Metz 0, Nimes 3; and Strasbourg 2, Montpellier 3.
Nîmes is 19th and two points behind Nantes in 18th – the relegation-eliminatory position – two laps from the end.
Lille won 3-0 at Lens on Friday.