Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Ligue 1 clash between rivals Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, happening at the the Stade Velodrome stadium.
Two added minutes. Done and dusted! PSG takes all three points away from home and its title defense stays intact! Two massive moments into the record books - 700th career club goal for Messi and 200th PSG goal for Mbappe. PSG sits at the top of the table with 60 points while Marseille is second with 52 points!
Marseille attackers have been trying to breach into the final thrid but PSG’s compact defense thinks otherwise. PSG has absolutely dominated its rival and has cemented its place at the top of Ligue 1 table!
Sanchez OUT, Oliviera IN; Malinovskyi OUt, Ounahi IN; Under OUT, Payet IN
SO CLOSE! Under gets the ball inside the box, he fires but the ball goes just wide off Donnarumma’s far post. Such has been the night for OM, close misses and a shambolic defense have costed them dearly
Mendes OUt, Bernat IN
PSG has gone into full defensive mode, seven players stacked at the back, not giving anything away for the Marseille front line
Bailly OUT, Clauss IN
WHAT A SAVE! Sanchez was inches away from pulling one back for Marseille but Donnarumma put his body on line to keep him at bay! Elite goalkeeping
Mukiele OUT, Zaire-Emery IN
MAKE THAT THREE! MBAPPE YET AGAIN! WORLDIE! It is Messi yet again with the assist as he chips it through into the box and Mbappe volleys it into the goal! Scores his 200th goal for PSG (across competitions) and is the joint-highest scorer alongside Edinson Cavani!
Donnarumma gets lucky! In a bizarre turn of events, the PSG goalkeeper comes way outside the box and loses control of the ball. Sanchez on the right lane gets the ball and goes for glory but the ball goes well wide!
SO CLOSE! Vitinha does well to retrieve the ball deep into the penalty box. He puts in a curling cross but Mbappe heads is agonisingly wide!
Freekick for PSG as Mbappe is fouled by Balerdi, but nothing comes off it
Under gets the ball rolling. Sanchez is surrounded by three defenders and is eventually brought down, foul. Meanwhile, Kimpembe is back and is seen with crutches, looks worrisome
Three minutes added. Malinovskyi is fouled right outside the edge of the box from a challenge from Veratti. Sanchez will take the kick. DONNARUMMA SAVES IT! A well directed shot from the Chile international though! With that, first half comes to a close!
CLOSE! Tavarez attempts an atrocious long ranger, Donnarumma dives full length but it could’ve been dangerous of the ball was directed slightly towards the right. In the end, the ball brushes past the crossbar as it is still 2-0 in favour of PSG!
YET ANOTHER CHANCE MISSED! Mbappe and Messi are proving to be a huge problem for the Marseille defense. This time, Messi with his usual captivating dribble, goes past a couple of defenders before finding Mbappe. With only Pau Lopez between him and the goal, Mbappe fails to covert it as the goalkeeper collects the ball eventually!
CHANCE! Messi had the opportunity to make it 3-0 but he squanders. He got the ball just yards away from the goal but hit it wide!
700th CLUB GOAL FOR MESSI AS HE DOUBLES PSG’s LEAD! He registers his 700th club goal and what a way to bring it! Mbappe turns provider as he put in a through ball from the left as Messi tapped it in
KYLIAN MBAPPE SILENCES STADE VELODROME! It is that man Messi again with the assist. He ran through the middle with such ease before putting a through ball to find Mbappe who slots it home!
PSG’s defense has been rock solid so far. Kolasinac receives a well placed through ball on the left, he tries to cut across defenders but Mukiele averts danger with a crucial tackle
Fabian testing the defense yet again as he runs through the left lane before finding Mbappe in the middle. The latter, from the edge of the box, puts it back to Fabian but this time he is stopped in his tracks
CHANCE! A cross comes in, Sanches controls the ball with his chest and finds Tavarez deep inside the box but the Portugal international fails to get a touch. Donnarumma saves it comfortably
Kimpembe OUT, Pereira IN
Yet another headache for Galtier. Kimpembe is down with an injury (looks like he has pulled his hamstring) and is in agony. Medical team stretchers him out. Last year, the French international was withdrawn from the FIFA World Cup squad after failing to recover from an injury in time!
NUNO MENDES CLUTCH! Tavarez was about to wreak havoc as he was running towards Donnarumma unmarked but Mendes comes in with a timely sliding tackle to deny him of any chance!
Freekick for PSG as Mbappe is fouled. Messi takes it. He sends in a well placed ball but OM’s defense steps up to move it out of danger
Veratti in the middle finds Messi, the Argentine dribbles past a couple of OM players and tries to find Mendes but is dispossessed
Marseille’s corner. Taken quickly and the ball is sent into the box. Commotion inside but Mukiele and Ramos scrape through, Donnarumma finally pushes the ball outside for a OM throw
Tavarez breaks free and blazes through the half line on the right flank, puts in a curling lob ball inside the box but Marquinhos heads it wide
Mbappe miscues a shot into the box, Fabian converts it into a volley and tries for an outrageous shot. Pau Lopez struggles but keeps the ball out of play. Corner for PSG but nothing comes off it
Intent right from the get go from PSG. Mukiele on the right lane puts in a searching cross but it is cleared by Balerdi
Alexis Sanches tries to breakthough into the final thrid but Vitinha comes in with a brilliant interception. Throw for PSG, Marquinhos will take it
Kylian Mbappe will start the proceedings as PSG will start left to right. Can PSG manage a win without Neymar in the mix?
Just under 15 minutes to go for the iconic Le Classique.. Just five points separating the two teams, a win for Marseille would be just what the doctor ordered for Igor Tudor’s side!
Will this be Marseille’s night? - Marseille has seven wins in Ligue 1 since the post-World Cup return (D1 L1), only Monaco has as many in the same over the period.
Sheer dominance - PSG had gone 12 years without losing away to Marseille before being beaten by its great rival at the Velodrome in the French Cup earlier this month
Zlatan is inevitable - Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Paris’s top scorer against OM with 11 goals scored, ahead of Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé (seven goals each) as well as Pedro Miguel Pauleta (six goals).
One way to make a statement! - PSG has scored 149 goals in competitive fixtures against Marseille, with just four clubs having conceded more against Les Parisiens: Saint-Etienne (167 goals), Lyon (162 goals), Nantes (153 goals) and Lens (151 goals).
Milestone for Messi? - The Argentine talisman is just one goal away from his 700th league goal. Will he do it for PSG against its rival in this all-important tie?
Marseille’s fierce rivalry with Paris Saint-Germain has lost some of its edges in recent years as the Qatar-owned club has dominated French football, but OM’s resurgence under Igor Tudor has their passionate supporters dreaming of beating the capital club to the title.
PSG has been French champions in eight of the past 10 years and has lost just two of its last 27 meetings with Marseille - whose last Ligue 1 crown came in 2010 under Didier Deschamps.
Yet one of those defeats came earlier this month when Marseille outfought and outclassed its old foes to win 2-1 in a French Cup tie played in a frenzied atmosphere at the Velodrome.
The stadium will be the scene of this Sunday’s rematch, with 65,000 home fans hoping to see their side once again get one over on Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and PSG’s other stars.
All meetings between the clubs are huge occasions, but this is a potentially pivotal game in the fight for the title, with second-placed Marseille knowing a win will leave them just two points adrift of a stuttering PSG at the top of the table.
“Of course we are thinking about the title, but we are just taking things one game at a time,” said centre-back Chancel Mbemba after Marseille’s 3-2 win at Toulouse last weekend.
While PSG has struggled in 2023, Marseille has won 12 and drawn one of 14 matches played since going out of the Champions League at the start of November.
When is the Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1 match happening?
The Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1 match will start at 1:15am IST on Monday, February 27.
Where can I watch the Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1 match live?
The Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1 match will be telecast live across the Sports18 network.
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The Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1 match can be live streamed on JioCinemas for free.
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