On Saturday, Paris St-Germain defeated Nice 2-0 in Ligue 1, with Lionel Messi scoring a goal and assisting Sergio Ramos for the other.
The win helped PSG restore their six-point lead at the top of the table, easing the pressure on coach Christophe Galtier, who was under scrutiny after the team suffered two consecutive home defeats.
The victory was also significant for Galtier, who previously managed Nice last season and was not happy with a banner aimed at his mother by home supporters. The defeat was Nice’s first in 15 matches since Didier Digard took over as coach in January. The Ineos-owned club remains eighth in the table.
The Ligue 1 is the top professional football league in France, featuring 20 clubs competing in a round-robin format, with each team playing against the other twice – once at home and once away. The season typically runs from August to May, with a winter break in December and January. The team that finishes with the most points at the end of the season is crowned the champion of France, while the bottom two teams are relegated to Ligue 2.
In the previous matches of Ligue 1, PSG had suffered two consecutive home defeats, which put a lot of pressure on their coach Christophe Galtier. However, their win against Nice helped them restore their six-point lead at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, bottom side Angers claimed their first Ligue 1 win since September as they beat European hopefuls Lille 1-0. This win ended a run of 21 matches without a win for Angers. However, they remain seven points adrift at the bottom of the table and 12 away from safety with only eight games left.
Earlier in the day, Angers secured their first Ligue 1 win since September by beating Lille 1-0. Substitute Halid Sabanovic scored the only goal of the match with six minutes left. The win ended Angers’ 21-match winless streak, but they still remain bottom of the table, seven points adrift, and 12 away from safety with only eight games left.
In their previous match, PSG suffered a shocking 2-1 home defeat against Nantes, with Kalifa Coulibaly scoring the decisive goal in the 82nd minute. The defeat was PSG’s second consecutive loss at home, and it came as a surprise to many. Before that, PSG had been on a five-match winning streak, including a 2-1 away win against Olympique Marseille.
Meanwhile, Nice had played out a goalless draw with Montpellier in their previous Ligue 1 fixture. The result had extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions, with eight wins and six draws. Nice’s last defeat before the match against PSG had come in January, when they lost 3-1 to Rennes.