Paris Saint-Germain dropped points in Ligue 1 for only the second time this season after failing to find a way through against a resilient Reims on Saturday night.

PSG were without Lionel Messi and a handful of others because of injury, while coach Christophe Galtier also opted to start without Neymar or Achraf Hakimi.

Reims goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf pulled off a flying save to deny Fabian Ruiz in the early exchanges. But while it was PSG who unsurprisingly dominated possession, they were severely outgunned in attack by the hosts, who managed 24 attempts on goal in total.

But the quality in front of goal from both sides was ultimately lacking. B*tween them, there were only seven shots on target across the 90 minutes.

PSG were put on the backfoot late in the first half in bizarre circumstances when Sergio Ramos was booked twice in one minute. The veteran defender was cautioned but took exception to it and talked his way immediately back into the referee’s notebook and off the pitch.

There was no breakthrough in the second half, with PSG unable to muster the necessary quality and Reims not managing to make their player advantage count.

Even a man down for more than half the game, PSG will see this as two points lost. Reims, who had won only one game in their previous nine in Ligue 1 so far this season, would have happily taken a draw before kick-off, but may also see it as an opportunity missed in the circumstances.

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