ESPN FC: All-square in Paris
The clash of big spenders in Ligue 1 finished even as Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 at home to Monaco on Sunday and missed the chance to replace their title rivals at the top of the table.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave PSG an early lead with a spectacular finish but Radamel Falcao responded with a fine poacher's effort as two of the best strikers in the world cancelled each other out in a match that started at a frenetic pace before fizzling out in the second half.
PSG took only five minutes to strike first when Ibrahimovic emphatically volleyed in Maxwell's cross from the left.
The move was started by centre-half Thiago Silva, whose superb 40-yard pass sailed over the Monaco midfield and gave countryman Maxwell time and space to pick out Ibrahimovic, who jabbed the ball in with the bottom of his boot.
PSG lost Silva to injury after 20 minutes as he limped off clutching the back of his thigh. That left PSG with a makeshift defensive pairing of 19-year-old Marquinhos and fourth-choice Zoumana Camara to face Falcao, and three minutes later the Colombian sprinted to the near post and headed in Joao Moutinho's cross from the left.
PSG should have scored five minutes before half-time, with Ibrahimovic the culprit for a glaring miss when he headed over from Edinson Cavani's free-kick from six yards out. Marco Verrati then opened up Monaco's defence with a slick pass to send Ibrahimovic free down the left. He checked inside his marker and then curled a pass over to Ezequiel Lavezzi, who volleyed over from a tight angle.
Cavani had two chances to win the match for PSG in injury time but first his shot was blocked by defender Andrea Raggi and then his glancing header flashed just wide moments later.
Monaco remain two points clear of PSG, who lead third-place Saint-Etienne on goal difference.
Also Sunday, striker Bafetimbi Gomis scored his first goal of the season as Lyon beat Nantes 3-1 to end their six-match winless run. Jordan Veretout had put the visitors in front before Gomis levelled, then midfielder Clement Grenier and winger Jimmy Briand added further goals as Lyon climbed to seventh place.
Nice thrashed Valenciennes 4-0. Dario Cvitanich scored from the penalty spot to give fifth-place Nice the lead and their first goal in the new 35,000-seat Allianz Riviera stadium. Midfielders Eric Bautheac and Christian Bruls and forward Alexy Bosetti completed the rout.
Lorient rallied from two goals down to salvage a 3-3 home draw against Bordeaux.
Bordeaux led in the eighth minute through forward Cheick Diabate's penalty. After striker Vincent Aboubakar levelled for Lorient in the 22nd, Bordeaux moved 3-1 ahead after 30 minutes thanks to goals from midfielder Gregory Certic and forward Henri Saivet.
But Lorient striker Kevin Monnet-Paquet pulled one back just before the break and midfielder Sadio Diallo got the final equaliser in the 59th.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.