Paris Saint-Germain FC's hopes of winning the Ligue 1 title faded tonight as they lost 3-0 at FC Girondins de Bordeaux, whose goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé saved two penalties.
Three points behind leaders Olympique Lyonnais and one adrift of second-placed AS Monaco FC ahead of their 36th game of the 38-match season, and with an inferior goal difference, PSG knew defeat would be costly in their bid for a first championship in a decade. However, they fell behind on 22 minutes when Pascal Feindouno volleyed in the first goal.
PSG were given hope three minutes into added time at the end of the first half when they were awarded a penalty, only for Ramé to save Frédéric Dehu's spot-kick. Feindouno doubled Bordeaux's lead soon after half-time, and a second penalty went begging in the 58th minute when Ramé denied Reinaldo.
Marouane Chamakh completed the scoring 15 minutes from time, meaning French Cup finalists PSG will be all but out of the title race on Wednesday if reigning champions Lyon win at home against SC Bastia.
AJ Auxerre moved into fourth place and a step closer to UEFA Cup qualification in Tuesday's other fixture as they won 3-1 at RC Lens. Yohan Lachuer, Lionel Mathis and Djibril Cissé, his 24th goal of the season, were on target for Auxerre.
UEFA Cup race
FC Sochaux Montbéliard, who dropped to fifth, have already secured a UEFA Cup place via the French League Cup, meaning Auxerre's nearest rivals for the berth are FC Nantes Atlantique. The sixth-placed side are five points behind with a game in hand against EA Guingamp tomorrow.
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