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PSG still winless in French league after 0-0 draw

Pressure mounts on Ancelotti after Argentine Lavezzi is sent off in second half

  • AP
  • Published: 15:08 August 20, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Reuter
  • The pressure on PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti is increasing.

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain remain winless in the French league after drawing 0-0 with Ajaccio on Sunday, increasing the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti with $300 million (Dh1.1 billion) having been spent on new players in the past two seasons.

PSG played with 10 men for most of the second half after Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Ajaccio’s Benjamin Andre.

PSG also played the last 15 minutes of the match without Ancelotti after the Italian was dismissed for throwing a bottle.

A power cut late in the game sent the stadium into darkness. After 10 minutes, the lights in Ajaccio’s Francois Coty stadium came back on and the match resumed for the final two minutes.

PSG defender Christophe Jallet said a “lack of aggression” by his team early in the match cost them.

“We started the second half better but the red card held us back,” Jallet said. “While we weren’t put in much difficulty in defense, we’re missing something to get the three points. We know what we have to do before taking on Bordeaux.”

Having drawn with Lorient in the opening round last week, PSG are in 12th place in the standings.

In Sunday’s other results, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Rod Fanni scored to give Marseille a 2-0 win against Sochaux.

Marseille’s second win in the opening two rounds means they are in second place in the standings, trailing Lyon on goal difference.

Bordeaux defeated Rennes 1-0 after a goal by Ludovic Obraniak.

Defending champions Montpellier are in 13th place after losing 2-1 to Lorient on Saturday.

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