MARSEILLE: Vitinha and Goncalo Ramos scored in the second half as 10-man Paris Saint-Germain overcame early jitters to secure a 2-0 win and hand Marseille their first home league defeat of the season.

PSG’s league double over their rivals took them to 62 points and put them 12 points clear of second-placed Brest, who won 1-0 at Lorient earlier in the day.

The champions endured a frustrating first half at a rainy Stade Velodrome as Marseille’s defence nullified the league’s leading goalscorer Kylian Mbappe until he was substituted just after the hour mark.

Lucas Beraldo was sent off five minutes before the break, after a challenge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by the touchline that the referee deemed to be denying a goalscoring opportunity after a VAR review despite it happening near the halfway line.

But Vitinha opened the scoring for the league leaders in the 53rd minute, running through the middle and playing a one-two with Ousmane Dembele before firing home from near the penalty spot.

Marseille thought they had equalised six minutes later when Luis Henrique found the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Marseille pressed hard with Aubameyang and Faris Moumbagna creating several chances, but Ramos ended their comeback hopes in the 85th minute with Marco Asensio setting him up for a right-footed finish that silenced the Stade Velodrome.

PSG next face Stade Rennais in Wednesday’s French Cup semi-final while Marseille, seventh with 39 points, visit Lille in the league on Friday.

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