PARIS (AP) — Ten-man Paris Saint-Germain rallied past Marseille 2-1 on Sunday in a match featuring two controversial penalties to go level on points with leader Monaco in the French league.
PSG midfielder Thiago Motta was sent off in the 30th minute for kicking Mathieu Valbuena while attempting to clear the ball, and Marseille winger Andre Ayew converted the subsequent penalty.
But Maxwell beat Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to the ball on the stroke of halftime to head in a cross from Gregory Van der Wiel for the equalizer. Zlatan Ibrahimovic then scored the winner from the penalty spot by sending Mandanda the wrong way in the 65th after Andre Ayew had tripped PSG defender Marquinhos.
"Mental toughness made the difference tonight," PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi said. "There's quality in our team, but there's a soul, too."
Meanwhile, Lyon's poor start to the season continued with a 5-1 loss at Montpellier and Bordeaux moved three points clear of the relegation zone by thrashing Sochaux 4-1.
Marseille was the most threatening side in the first half as PSG struggled to create chances.
Salvatore Sirigu tipped a low free kick from Valbuena around the post in the 12th. The PSG goalkeeper then saved a volley from Jordan Ayew in the 21st and denied Valbuena's effort from the rebound.
Thiago Motta then put his team in trouble while chesting a cross. The ball got away from him, Valbuena intercepted it and got kicked in the foot by the PSG midfielder.
Andre Ayew fired the ball into the roof of the net for the opener in the 34th.
That goal seemed to wake up the PSG players, and Mandanda was forced to punch away a volley from Ibrahimovic in the 41st.
The Marseille goalkeeper came off his line late and could not prevent Maxwell from leveling the match just before the break.
"At halftime, we were happy to have equalized but we also thought that we could win this match," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said.
The hosts failed to capitalize on their numerical superiority in the second half despite a swerving shot from Marseille winger Dimitri Payet that was parried by Sirigu in the 63rd.
Two minutes later, Mandanda palmed away a header from PSG defender Alex and Andre Ayew's poor judgment gave PSG an opportunity to take the lead.
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