PSG’s pe ect league record ends with 2-2 draw at Bordeaux B

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ORDEAUX held Paris Saint-Ger­main to a 2-2 draw on Sun­day to fi­nally end the run­away leader’s streak of 14 straight wins to start the sea­son in the French league.

PSG now leads sec­ond-placed Mont­pel­lier by 14 points.

PSG twice took the lead, through star for­wards Ney­mar and Kylian Mbappe. But sub­sti­tute An­dreas Cor­nelius lev­eled for the hosts with a fine glanc­ing header from a cross in the 84th minute.

Ney­mar gave PSG the lead in the 34th with a neat vol­ley from in­side the penalty area, but went off around 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half and headed straight to the dress­ing room. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if he had picked up an in­jury. Ney­mar ex­ited with an ap­par­ent groin in­jury dur­ing Brazil’s friendly match against Cameroon on Nov. 20.

“I think it is (the same in­jury),” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “We have to be very at­ten­tive. The pitch was very hard to play on.”

Tuchel said Ney­mar is ex­pected to miss Wed­nes­day night’s match away to Stras­bourg.

“I hope he is ready to play against Mont­pel­lier (on Satur­day),” Tuchel added.

Ney­mar’s 11th league goal of the sea­son went to a video re­view be­fore be­ing awarded. It seemed harsh on Bordeaux, con­sid­er­ing Mbappe ap­peared marginally off­side and to be slightly ob­scur­ing the view of goal­keeper Benoit Cos­til when the ball went in.

Af­ter vet­eran for­ward Jimmy Briand equal­ized with a well-worked goal in the 54th minute, Mbappe sprinted through to col­lect Ju­lian Draxler’s pass and slot home the sec­ond in the 66th.

“We wanted to beat them. We can be proud of the fact we’re the first team to take points from them,” Briand said. “We tried to be ag­gres­sive, be­cause we know they don’t like it.”

PSG could have scored more with winger An­gel Di Maria hit­ting the post and the cross­bar. But slack de­fend­ing al­lowed Cor­nelius enough space to sal­vage a point for 11th­place Bordeaux.

“It was a very tight game. They were very strong tac­ti­cally,” PSG de­fender Mar­quin­hos said. “They de­served it, they played the right way.”

MAR­SEILLE SLIPS Fol­low­ing a crush­ing de­feat in the Europa League, Mar­seille slipped up again when it drew 0-0 to Reims.

Mar­seille lost 4-0 at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt on Thurs­day to go bot­tom of its Europa League group, hav­ing reached the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son.

Con­fi­dence seemed to be af­fected as Mar­seille la­bored against Reims and top scorer Flo­rian Thau­vin was kept quiet. Play­maker Dim­itri Payet had a free kick well saved as Mar­seille dropped points in its quest to qual­ify for next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.The draw leaves Mar­seille in fifth place, one point be­hind fourth­place Lille, while Reims is ninth. OTHER MATCHES Stras­bourg moved up to eighth with an em­phatic 4-1 win at Rennes af­ter con­ced­ing early.

Rennes led 1-0 thanks to for­ward Is­maila Sarr’s early goal, but Al­sace side Stras­bourg hit back with two penal­ties from mid­fielder Jonas Martin and a goal each from Adrien Thomas­son and Pablo Mar­tinez.

Toulouse had its goal­keeper sent off early on and went 2-0 down be­fore ral­ly­ing to draw 2-2 at home to fel­low strug­gler Di­jon.

Photo: AP

Mar­seille’s Dim­itri Payet, left, chal­lenges for the ball with Reims’Thomas Foket, dur­ing the League One soc­cer match be­tween Mar­seille and Reims at the Velo­drome sta­dium, in Mar­seille, south­ern France on Sun­day.

Photo: AP

Los An­ge­les Lak­ers’ Le­Bron James (23) ges­tures af­ter scor­ing against the Phoenix Suns on Sun­day.

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