Seven clubs will be battling over two Champions league spots while title race might end earlier as PSG is still on the top despite losing to Nice on the road.
Christopher Gaultier’s side is definitely one of them as they picked up a late 1-0 win over Le Parisien. They were dominating the game and had more decent chances compared to the visitors who only had one dangerous attempt. Nice’s winning goal was scored by the Algerian Andy Delort initiated by Neymar’s blunder leading to the counter attack. The Brazilian star and Messi were kept quiet throughout the game. Dante and Co might still be 13 points adrift from their opposition in the standings but they are the frontrunner for sealing their spot for playing in UCL next season, the first one after Lucien Favre’s reign with Balotelli in the squad.
Their success in climbing second was also due to Marseille’s failure to snatch maximum points at home while hosting Monaco. A single goal from the Portuguese winger, Gelson Martins paved their way to be in a race for Champions League berth. Philipe Clement’s side are sitting on the ninth collecting 41 points, which is only one point difference from Lille, Lyon, and Nantes above them. They are involved in a UCL spot race with Strasbourg (44 points) and Rennes (46 points), apart from OM and Nice. The next eleven games will be crucial for all of them. Any negative result could endanger their chance for playing at the European top flight.
Nice vs PSG 1-0
Goals: Andy Delort (88)
Nice: Walter Benitez – Melvin Bard, Dante, Jean Todibo, Flavius Daniliuc (Jordan Lotomba 79) – Pablo Rosario, Mario Lemina (Morgan Schenderlin 70), Khephren Thuram (Calvin Stengs 79) , Justine Kluivert (Hichem Boudaoi 86) – Kasper Dolberg (Andy Delort 70), Amine Gouri
PSG: Keylor Navas – Diallo, Marquinhos, Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer (Julian Draxler 90) – Danilo Pereira, Gini Wijnaldum (Idrissa Gueye 90) – Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria (Mauro Icardi 79)
Meanwhile, seven other teams at the other end of the table are fighting to avoid relegation, surprisingly two of them are the former champions St.Etienne and Bordeaux. They are currently sitting on the 17th and at the bottom respectively. Their next eleven fixtures will be a battle for life alongside Angers, Clermont Foot, Troyes, Lorient and Metz.
St.Etienne vs Metz 1-0
Nantes vs Montpellier 2-0
Reims vs Strasbourg 1-1
Rennes vs Angers 2-0
Bordeaux vs Troyes 0-2
Lille vs Clermont Foot 4-0
Lorient vs Lyon 1-4
Lens vs Brest 0-1