Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to secure a 2-1 win away to fellow Ligue 1 giant Marseille, despite playing for almost 60 minutes with 10 men. After Thiago Motta was sent off in the 31st-minute for a reckless foul in the box on Marseille playmaker Mathieu Valbuena, coach Laurent Blanc said PSG responded with “solidarity and courage” to take all three points at the Stade Velodrome. After Ghana international Andre Ayew scored the resulting penalty from Motta’s foul, former Barcelona left-back Maxwell nodded PSG in front just before halftime. Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted the winning penalty midway through the second half.
"The team always believed it could hit back," Blanc told L'Equipe. "It's a huge satisfaction for the players. Once we scored the second goal we showed great solidarity and courage. We showed even in adversity that we could get it done and the 10 men stood up. There was great energy in defending and attacking, a significant physical impact from 10 against 11. In that aspect, we were better than Marseille."
The win moved PSG back to the top of the Ligue 1 standings, level on points with AS Monaco, which also won 2-1, against Saint-Etienne, although Monaco remained on top with a better goal difference.