Goal Highlights: Nice 3 – 1 Paris Saint Germain [Ligue 1] Highlights 2016/17
Paris Saint-Germain’s title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 3-1 at Nice to leave Monaco on the brink of success.
Nice landed a potentially critical blow to Paris Saint-Germain’s title hopes as the nine-man defending champions went down 3-1 at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday to hand Monaco a huge advantage.Unai Emery’s men imploded in the final stages as Thiago Motta and Angel Di Maria saw red, ultimately succumbing to a result which leaves them trailing Monaco – who have a game in hand – by three points, with PSG having just three matches left.
Trailing 2-1 in the final minute, Motta was dismissed for a headbutt on Paul Baysse, before Anastasios Donis’ header made the game safe for Nice, Di Maria then earning a straight red for reckless lunge on Arnaud Souquet.
The breathless finish was in keeping with much of what had gone before, although the drama did not outweigh the quality – evidenced by Nice’s excellent opening goal as Mario Balotelli capped off a lovely move with an emphatic finish from 20 yards.
Ricardo Pereira, instrumental for the first, made PSG’s task even tougher shortly after the interval with a wonderful strike, but Marquinhos did at least give the visitors a ray of hope in the 64th minute, marking the beginning of their late siege on the Nice goal.
PSG grew increasingly desperate, however, and the indiscipline of Motta and Di Maria either side of Donis’ intervention means it looks increasingly likely the Ligue 1 title will leave Paris for the first time since 2012.