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Ligue 1: PSG steal victory at the Vélodrome despite red card

Paris Saint-Germain emerged victorious in a dramatic Le Classique, edging out Olympique de Marseille 2-0 at a raucous Stade Vélodrome. This win marks a historic moment – PSG are the first team to snatch a victory from Marseille at home this season, breaking their 19-game unbeaten run.

The passionate Marseille fans, who hadn’t seen their team lose at home all season, were initially optimistic. However, PSG’s status as Ligue 1 leaders and their unbeaten away record cast a long shadow.

The early stages were a tense affair. Marseille almost fell behind when Fabian Ruiz’s shot sailed over the bar, but they responded well. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jordan Veretout threatened the PSG goal, with Veretout’s long-range effort skimming the post.

The balance of play started to tip towards Marseille, but PSG’s individual brilliance almost stole the show. Ousmane Dembélé orchestrated several dangerous attacks, setting up Randal Kolo Muani for a save by Pau López and then going on a mazy run himself, only to miss the target.

Just before halftime, the tide turned dramatically. Lucas Beraldo was shown a red card for a last-man challenge on Aubameyang, leaving PSG with a one-man advantage.

This tactical shift by Marseille manager Luis Enrique backfired. PSG, sensing an opportunity, took the lead just eight minutes into the second half. Vitinha, the game’s MVP according to Flashscore, embarked on a surging run from midfield, exchanged a quick one-two with Dembélé, and then drilled the ball past Pau López.

Marseille tried to respond. Veretout had a goal disallowed for offside, and Faris Moumbagna and Aubameyang both spurned chances. The worsening weather conditions and PSG’s defensive solidity made it increasingly difficult for them to create clear-cut opportunities.

The game was finally put to bed with a killer breakaway goal from PSG. Marco Asensio found Gonçalo Ramos unmarked in the box, and the Portuguese striker calmly slotted the ball home.

This victory extends PSG’s dominance in Ligue 1. They are on track for a 10th title in 12 seasons, having won six out of their last seven encounters against Marseille. For Marseille, the defeat marks a heart-breaking end to their 19-game unbeaten home run.

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