With weak defense, PSG draws against Bordeaux

PARIS (AP) – French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain lost points again this season, drawing 2-2 against Bordeaux in a Saturday game in which winger Hatem Ben Arfa did not stop causing problems for your old computer.

Ben Arfa spent two unfortunate years with PSG, which he joined in 2016. During his second season, he was even kicked out of training by then-coach Unai Emery.

Bordeaux took the lead when 18-year-old rookie Timothee Pembele sent a header into his own goal in a failed attempt to ward off a Ben Arfa corner kick in the 10th minute.

PSG responded with two targets in one minute, by Brazilian star Neymar and Moise Kean, who arrived at the club on loan.

But Bordeaux smelled the defensive fragility of PSG, who in their previous game had lost 3-2 to Monaco after winning 2-0 and who had luck on Wednesday against Leipzig, which they beat 1-0 in the League of Champions.

Attacking midfielder Yacine Adil – sold by the Paris team to Bordeaux in January 2019 – seized his chance and drew, meeting no more resistance than Ben Arfa at 59.

With the draw, PSG opened the door for Lille to catch up on points on Sunday, if they defeat Saint-Etienne.

Earlier, Argentine forward Darío Benedetto finally scored his first goal of the season and Marseille beat Nantes 3-1 in the French league.

Benedetto scored the 3-0 penalty, one hour into the game.

Florian Thauvin opened the scoring in the first minute, with a marvelous play in which he raised the ball before the exit of goalkeeper Alban Lafont. Midfielder Dimitri Payet gave the locals greater peace of mind by marking 34 minutes.

Thauvin reached 72 league goals with Marseille, and is one behind Mamadou Niang, who leads the all-time list.

Midfielder Ludovic Blas brought the visitors closer to a goal at Stade Velodrome in the 72nd minute.

With the victory, the Marseille team climbed to third place. He also improved his spirits after falling in the middle of the week in the Champions League.

That Wednesday stumble against Porto was Marseille’s 13th consecutive loss in the competition, setting an undesirable record.