PSG back on top as Dortmund and Leipzig draw

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 18 Jan 2021

Paris Saint-Germain and Leicester City were the only two league teams in Europe and England to move up.

A rare Layvin Kurzawa goal was enough for PSG to beat Angers 1-0 on Saturday and go top of Ligue 1 despite coach Mauricio Pochettino testing positive for Covid-19 before the game.

Kurzawa scored with 20 minutes left at Stade Raymond Kopa to send PSG provisionally two points clear.

Assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D'Agostino took charge with Pochettino having to self-isolate after a Friday announcement he had tested positive.

However, Neymar made his return to the starting line-up in Angers for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in a defeat to Lyon a month ago.

The win came as Marseille's hopes of staying in the title race were dealt another blow earlier in the day as Florian Thauvin missed a penalty in a 2-1 home defeat by struggling Nimes.

In England, Leicester moved up to second in the Premier League thanks to a 2-0 win over Southampton as Mason Mount put Chelsea back on track with the late winner that sealed a vital 1-0 victory at 10-man Fulham.

West Ham closed to within three points of the top four after beating Burnley 1-0 at the London Stadium.

The decisive moment came in the ninth minute when Michail Antonio grabbed his first league goal since October from Pablo Fornals' cross.

Chelsea got the break they needed when Fulham defender Antonee Robinson was sent off just before half-time for a rash challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta.

Lampard's men labored to make their numerical advantage count, but England midfielder Mount finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute when he drilled home from 20 yards.

At the bottom of the table, Sam Allardyce got his first victory as West Bromwich Albion boss in a 3-2 Black Country derby win over Wolves at Molineux.

Brighton also boosted their survival bid with a 1-0 win at Leeds.

Neal Maupay netted after 17 minutes with a tap-in after Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard combined to open up the Leeds defence.

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with lowly Mainz while Leipzig again missed the chance to move to the top of the Bundesliga.

Leipzig, which was denied top spot in losing to Dortmund 3-1 last weekend, could manage only 2-2 at Wolfsburg and it remains a point behind league leader Bayern Munich.



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