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Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 0–1 Olympique de Marseille (2020)

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Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 Olympique de Marseille
Paris Parc des Princes 1.jpg
The match was played at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France.
Event2020–21 Ligue 1
Matchday 3
Date13 September 2020 (2020-09-13)
VenueParc des Princes, Paris
RefereeJérôme Brisard[1]
Attendance5,000[lower-alpha 1]

Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 Olympique de Marseille was the result of a Ligue 1 football match that was played on 13 September 2020, between defending French champions Paris Saint-Germain, and fellow Ligue 1 side Marseille. Contested at Paris' Parc des Princes on Matchday 3 of the 2020–21 Ligue 1 campaign, the contest marked the 98th meeting all-time between the two clubs in the Le Classique rivalry. The match ended in an otherwise unremarkable scoreline of 1–0 in favour of OM but gained notoriety for the violence that occurred on the pitch during it. During the match, a total of fourteen yellow cards and five red cards were issued, a record for a Ligue 1 match in the 21st century.[2]

The match has been dubbed the "Battle of Paris" by a number of media outlets,[3][4] in an apparent comparison to the 2006 "Battle of Nuremberg" between Portugal and the Netherlands, which saw a similar number of cards shown by the referee, as well as a similar result (Portugal won 1–0).[5]


Shortly after PSG's 2020 UEFA Champions League Final defeat to Bayern Munich in August 2020, Marseille star Dimitri Payet mocked their arch-rivals on social media. He made a post to remind the Parisians that his side remains the only French team ever to have won the UEFA Champions League trophy, preparing the ground for a very violent match at the Parc des Princes.[6] Payet tweeted a video of a PSG shirt apparently with a star above the crest, only to reveal a Marseille jersey underneath.[7]

Match details[edit]


Florian Thauvin scored the only goal of the match in the 31st minute, volleying teammate Dimitri Payet's free-kick in from close range. Match referee Jérôme Brisard showed 19 cards in total (14 yellow cards and 5 red cards), a record for a Ligue 1 game in the 21st century and an all-time high in the fixture.[8][9] In the 95th minute, a full-scale brawl broke out between the two teams in the middle of the pitch. PSG's Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa were both sent off, as were Jordan Amavi and Darío Benedetto of Marseille. A few minutes later, Brisard showed PSG's Neymar a red card for striking OM's Álvaro on the back of the head, after consulting with VAR. The Brazilian, as he left the pitch, accused Álvaro of making a racist remark towards him.[6][8]


Paris Saint-Germain0–1Marseille
  • Thauvin Goal 31'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 5,000[lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Jérôme Brisard[1]
Paris Saint-Germain[1][10]
GK 16 Spain Sergio Rico
RB 24 Italy Alessandro Florenzi Yellow card 13' Substituted off 84'
CB 4 Germany Thilo Kehrer
CB 3 France Presnel Kimpembe (c)
LB 14 Spain Juan Bernat Yellow card 52' Substituted off 84'
RM 21 Spain Ander Herrera Substituted off 61'
CM 27 Senegal Idrissa Gueye
LM 6 Italy Marco Verratti Substituted off 71'
RF 19 Spain Pablo Sarabia
CF 11 Argentina Ángel Di María Yellow card 74'
LF 10 Brazil Neymar Yellow card 11' Red card 90+9'
GK 30 Poland Marcin Bułka
DF 20 France Layvin Kurzawa Red card 90+7' Substituted in 84'
DF 22 France Abdou Diallo
DF 25 Netherlands Mitchel Bakker
DF 31 France Colin Dagba Substituted in 84'
MF 8 Argentina Leandro Paredes Yellow card 72' Yellow-red card 90+7' Substituted in 71'
MF 23 Germany Julian Draxler Substituted in 61'
MF 36 Morocco Kays Ruiz
FW 29 France Arnaud Kalimuendo
Germany Thomas Tuchel
GK 30 France Steve Mandanda (c)
RB 2 Japan Hiroki Sakai Yellow card 7'
CB 3 Spain Álvaro Yellow card 50'
CB 15 Croatia Duje Ćaleta-Car
LB 18 France Jordan Amavi Red card 90+7'
RM 21 France Valentin Rongier
CM 4 France Boubacar Kamara
LM 22 France Pape Alassane Gueye Yellow card 38' Substituted off 58'
RF 26 France Florian Thauvin Substituted off 77'
CF 27 France Maxime Lopez Yellow card 61' Substituted off 68'
LF 10 France Dimitri Payet Yellow card 11' Substituted off 77'
GK 16 France Yohann Pelé
DF 5 Argentina Leonardo Balerdi
DF 25 Japan Yuto Nagatomo
MF 6 Netherlands Kevin Strootman Yellow card 90+1' Substituted in 68'
MF 24 Tunisia Saîf-Eddine Khaoui
MF 7 Serbia Nemanja Radonjić Substituted in 77'
FW 9 Argentina Darío Benedetto Yellow card 71' Yellow-red card 90+7' Substituted in 58'
FW 23 France Marley Aké
FW 28 France Valère Germain Substituted in 77'
Portugal André Villas-Boas


Neymar confirmed his accusations of racism on social media after the game, but Álvaro has always stressed his innocence.[11] Neymar posted two tweets detailing Álvaro's racist remarks towards him during the match.[12][13] PSG sporting director Leonardo has said his team "lost our minds", but appeared to blame refereeing decisions for the fight.[14] Neymar was then accused of targeting Álvaro and OM's Japanese right back Hiroki Sakai with homophobic and racist slurs, respectively.[11][15] Sakai, however, rejected claims that the PSG star had been racist towards him.[11]

Neymar and Álvaro both risked suspensions of up to ten matches for their alleged comments, but were cleared by the Commission of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) due to lack of evidence against either player.[15] Nonetheless, for their part in the scuffle, Neymar and Leandro Paredes were both banned for two games, while Layvin Kurzawa was given a six-game suspension. Jordan Amavi was punished with three games and Darío Benedetto received a one-match ban.[16] Although not involved in the fight, Ángel Di María was handed a four-match suspension for spitting at Álvaro during the game.[17]

Paris Saint-Germain's defeat was their second consecutively to start their Ligue 1 title defence, following their 1–0 loss to newly-promoted Lens the previous matchday. This result meant that PSG had lost their opening two matches in a row in their domestic league for the first time since 1984–85 (a season in which they finished 13th).[2] It was Marseille's first victory over PSG since November 2011 and their first in Paris since February 2010.[8][18][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The match was played in front of only 5,000 fans due to restrictions on attendance related to the COVID-19 pandemic in France.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "PARIS SG / OM - (0/1) - R3 - 2020-21". Ligue 1. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Begley, Emlyn (14 September 2020). "Paris St-Germain 0-1 Marseille: Five sent off in injury time after brawl". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  3. "Neymar sees red as Marseille win 'the battle of Paris'". AS English. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. "Neymar sees red card as Marseille beat PSG in the battle of Paris". finalgoal.com. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  5. "Battle of Paris: Neymar one of 5 red cards in PSG v Marseille!!". Besoccer.com. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Neymar accuses Marseille defender Gonzalez of racism after being sent off for slap during brawl". Yahoo Sports UK. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  7. Dimitri Payet [@dimpayet17] (23 August 2020). "Une histoire Un club @OM_Officiel Une ville @marseille #AJamaisLesPremiers" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Paris St-Germain 0-1 Marseille: Five sent off in injury time after brawl". BBC. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  9. "PSG – OM : Combien ça coûte 5 rouges et 14 jaunes aux clubs ?". Sportune. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "2020-21 French Ligue 1 – Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseille". ESPN. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Neymar defended by Marseille's Sakai over racism claim". Goal.com. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  12. Neymar Jr. [@neymarjr] (13 September 2020). "VAR pegar a minha "agressão" é mole ... agora eu quero ver pegar a imagem do racista me chamando de "MONO HIJO DE PUTA" (macaco filha da puta)... isso eu quero ver! E aí? CARRETILHA vc me pune.. CASCUDO sou expulso... e eles? E aí ?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. Neymar Jr. [@neymarjr] (13 September 2020). "Único arrependimento que tenho é por não ter dado na cara desse babaca" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. "'We lost our minds' - PSG chief Leonardo criticises players for Marseille brawl and questions referee choice". goal.com. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Neymar and Alvaro avoid sanctions for alleged comments during Marseille's clash with PSG". Eurosport. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  16. "Neymar banned for two games following PSG-Marseille brawl". Sky Sports. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  17. "PSG's Di Maria gets four-match spitting ban". France 24. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  18. "Historique des Marseille-Paris". OhaiMe-Passion.com. Retrieved 26 October 2019.

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