PSG sputters to draw with Montpellier

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Paris, France ( - PSG dropped points for the third time in four games on Saturday as the club missed out on a chance to go top in Ligue 1 by being held to a 0-0 draw by Montpellier at Parc des Princes.

The defending champions entered the contest having won their last six games at home in all competitions, but that streak ended on Saturday, leaving PSG with one from their last four matches and level on 38 points with Marseille.

That result could leave PSG in third place by the end of the weekend if Marseille gets at least a point at home against Lille, while Lyon can move past PSG as well if the club wins at Bordeaux.

Edinson Cavani was denied an early goal by an important block from Montpellier's Abdelhamid El Kaoutari, while the Uruguayan squandered a good chance by scuffing his shot after a nice setup from Marco Verratti.

The hosts continued to be frustrated as the match entered the second half, and Thiago Silva was denied the breakthrough when his header from a corner kick was cleared off the goal line by Anthony Mounier.

Montpellier didn't offer a lot going forward, but the visitors managed to keep PSG at bay to claim a point and remain in the top half of the table.

Monaco slipped past 18th-place Metz thanks to a goal from Yannick Ferreira- Carrasco in the 79th minute, moving the club to within four points of a Champions League place.

Reims scored three times in the final 25 minutes to claim a 3-1 win at Rennes, Caen and Bastia battled to a 1-1 draw in a meeting of the bottom two sides in Ligue 1, Johan Audel scored in the 79th minute to hand Nantes a 2-1 win at Lorient, while Toulouse and Guingamp finished in a 1-1 draw as Wissam Ben Yedder failed to convert a second-half penalty kick for Toulouse.