Sunday’s incredible day in European football ended with a 0-0 draw between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain in a Classique that was ashamed of crowds.
PSG players were thrown with bottles as they tried to take throws and corners, while some members of the Stade Velodrome audience were ashamed of the world.
The first big chance of the match went Marseilles’ way when Arkadiusz Milik rose to the top to meet Dimitri Payet’s free kick, but the Polish national team player could not keep his head on goal.
PSG’s first goal came through Kylian Mbappe, but his first touch continued to escape him and Pau Lopez was on hand to sweep up the Marseille net.
The visitors thought they had taken the lead after 14 minutes when Angel Di Maria released Neymar in the channel, and the Brazilian’s cross-cum-shot was deflected by Marseille defender Luan Peres. However, it was ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR check.
Marseille also had a goal descended after Neymar and Nuno Mendes dropped the ball that collided with each other, with Pol Lirola picking out Milik with a low post to strike home, but he was also offside.
Lionel Messi almost gave PSG the lead with a header (yes, really), and Lopez had to be on full alert to deny the diminutive Argentine. Mbappe then placed the ball to Neymar inside the six-yard box, but the Brazilian was stopped by Duje Caleta-Car with the goal gaping.
Some sloppy PSG defenders saw Cengiz Under slip in one on one with Keylor Navas, but the former Leicester man could not keep his shot on goal and the Ligue 1 leaders were released.
Payet got a penalty claim dismissed at the beginning of the second half when he got a pretty hefty push from Danilo Pereira, but the referee was not interested.
PSG were reduced to ten men just before the hour mark after Achraf Hakimi clumsily tripped up Under when he was on target.
The hosts then started pushing with Valentin Rongier on his way right next to Nava’s goal, but PSG survived the initial storm.
Messi was interrupted by a rare Parisian attack by an intruder as the guests struggled to work their way up the pitch.
Marseille remained at the height and substitute Konrad de la Fuente should have opened the scoring after haunting behind Thilo Kehrer at the far post, but the USMNT national team player missed his shot.
Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi had a curling effort that could easily have been held by Navas in stoppage time as PSG insisted on taking a point back to the French capital.
Hakimi was fired / ATPImages / GettyImages
Keylor Navas (GK) – 5/10 – Didn’t look as impressive as Deputy Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Achraf Hakimi (RB) – 3/10 – Quiet forward and sent off for ugly defense. No good night for the Morocco International.
Marquinhos (CB) – 5/10 – Was ok but it’s about as good as he got.
Presnel Kimpembe (CB) – 5/10 – Took too many risks from the ball and gave less flight safety than Marquinhos in any way.
Nuno Mendes (LB) – 4/10 – Rabbit in the headlights and looked out of its depth again.
Neymar was a disappointment / NICOLAS TUCAT / GettyImages
Danilo Pereira (CM) – 5/10 – Bid a bit on a match where it was absolutely necessary, but was also very clumsy.
Marco Verratti (CM) – 6/10 – Started with an injury after a clean performance, which is typical of him.
Neymar (AM) – 3/10 – Loose touches escaped him and he was very lucky not to be guilty of a Marseille goal.
Messi had some support / CHRISTOPHE SIMON / GettyImages
Lionel Messi (RW) – 7/10 – Finally a little more lucky to control PSG’s attack, but would benefit from playing with a more physical striker.
Kylian Mbappe (CF) – 4/10 – Always a sense of danger, but it did not turn out to be a goal.
Angel Di Maria (LW) – 6/10 – PSG have a much better balance with him in the team. Sacrificed when Hakimi was expelled.
Idrissa Gueye (CM) – 5/10 – Played most of the game with his team a man light.
Thilo Kehrer (RB) – 4/10