Marseille were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Lyon in Ligue 1 action on Sunday while Zlatan Ibrahimovic found himself embroiled in controversy as Paris Saint-Germain crashed 3-2 at Bordeaux.
The results mean Lyon move two points clear of defending champions PSG while Marseille, who had a goal disallowed late on, remain four points adrift of the pacesetters.
At the Velodrome in front of a hostile record capacity crowd, a match that featured the league’s two top goalscorers in Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac failed to produce a goal despite a fiery encounter.
Gignac hit the post with 20 minutes left while Argentine Lucas Ocampos had a goal correctly disallowed late on as Marseille came up agonisingly short in their bid to bridge the gap on Hubert Fournier’s league leaders.
Earlier, Paris Saint-Germain suffered a Champions League hangover as sloppy defending cost them a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bordeaux and cost them valuable ground in the race.
Ibrahimovic had equalised twice for Laurent Blanc’s side, who remain in the hunt for four trophies, but Diego Rolan popped up in the 89th minute to steer the ball home when the central defence collapsed.
Sweden’s Ibrahimovic took exception to some of the decisions made by referee Lionel Jaffredo and cut a furious figure at the final whistle when he stormed down the tunnel.
“In 15 years, I have never seen such a referee. In this shit country, this country does not deserve PSG. We are too good for this country” the striker blasted in English at the final whistle.
The striker later apologised for his remarks.
“I would like to apologise if anyone felt offended. I want to make it clear that my remarks were not directed at France or the French. I was talking aboutfootball, I lost the match and I accept that but I don’t accept when the referee does not follow the rules.
“I expressed myself when I was upset and everyone knows that in these moments, the words surpass the meaning.” Ibrahimovic said in a statement to AFP.
Blanc meanwhile said his side had struggled for fitness and motivation after their efforts in West London.
“We did something special on Wednesday and everyone is talking about it which is normal but to play 10 against 11 for 90 minutes against a team like Chelsea leaves its mark,” said the coach who led Bordeaux to the 2009 French title.
“It’s always difficult to get back into league matches after the Champions League and today we didn’t have the capacities to win, mainly because we were not fresh.
Bordeaux took the lead during a first-half in which they controlled the tempo and went ahead from a corner on 18 minutes.
Senegalese international Lamine Sane rose highest to meet a cross into the heart of the area and sent a glancing header past the despairing dive of PSG’s Italian ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu.
There was more concern for Blanc and his defending champions when star defender David Luiz pulled up lame clutching his hamstring and came off immediately just before half-time.
Ibrahimovic poached his 13th league goal of the season following a goalkeeping howler from Cedric Carasso five minutes after the break.
Bordeaux then took the lead again when Wahbi Khazri found himself completely unmarked inside the area and was able to place his header past the helpless Sirigu with 20 minutes left.
Ibrahimovic equalised again with a penalty with five minutes left as the match appeared heading for a draw but Rolan became Bordeaux’s hero with his last-gasp winner.
Earlier on Sunday, Belgian teenager Divock Origi, who hadn’t scored for six months, helped himself to a hat-trick in Lille’s 3-0 mauling of Rennes.
The win lifts Rene Girard’s side up to eighth place while Rennes slip into the lower half of the table. – Agence France-Presse