PSG held the 1-1 draw after Reims equalized in stoppage time
It was the 21-year-old striker’s 11th league goal of the season and one less than PSG goalscorer Neymar.
Neymar struck in the 51st to get behind league top scorer and team-mate Kylian Mbappé, before PSG had midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for a dangerous tackle on Japan winger Junya Ito in the 59th. Verratti returned from a thigh injury when he came on in the second half.
Midtable Reims extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games, including holding PSG to a 0-0 draw at home in October, and were the better team in the first half.
Donnarumma nearly gave up a goal after 23 seconds when he hacked a back pass straight to the opposition but got away with it.
Balogun closed midway through the first half and team-mate Marshall Munetsi – a midfielder with Zimbabwe – also caused problems for PSG’s static defence.
Referee Ruddy Buquet awarded Reims a penalty shortly after Neymar’s goal for a foul on Balogun but changed his mind following a video review.
In the end, Balogun had his say.
PSG have won just one of their last four league games, losing two, and manager Christophe Galtier has admitted there is a problem.
“We were soporific in the first half, we were quickly cut in half and we were on the back foot,” he said. “We gave up our defense.”
Since world Cup, PSG have won only two of their five league games and both have been against struggling players. PSG needed an added-time penalty from Mbappé to beat Strasbourg 2-1, and they beat Angers 2-0. With a much tougher test against Bayern Munich approaching in the Champions League round of 16, PSG need to improve quickly.
On either side of the game against Bayern on February 14, PSG have two away games against their bitter rivals Marseille, in the Coupe de France and in the league. Marseille are just five points behind PSG in third place.
Earlier, striker Gaetan Laborde scored the winning goal as Nice beat Lille 1-0 to end the northern side’s six-game unbeaten streak.
Laborde scored in the 34th minute after Badredine Bouanani intercepted a poor back pass and set him up for a first. Lille had not lost in the league since October 30.
Alexandre Lacazette scored his 12th league goal of the season as Lyon won 2-0 against Corsican side Ajaccio to move up to ninth place.
Tempers flared after the match when Lyon coach Laurent Blanc grabbed Ajaccio coach Olivier Pantaloni’s face after they shook hands, and pushed him away after a verbal exchange.
Pantaloni, who played for Ajaccio as a striker in the 1990s, then headed to the Lyon bench and faced Lyon goalkeeping coach Remy Vercoutre. Security officials had to separate them as angry home fans pounded the dugout.
Lacazette interrupted his post-game television interview when a lighter thrown by the crowd landed near him. Vercoutre had to be escorted away as fans insulted him and some tried to get on the pitch.
The visitors took the lead in the 20th when 20-year-old midfielder Johann Lepenant returned Bradley Barcola’s pass.
Lacazette, who joined his hometown of Lyon in the summer after five Premier League seasons with Arsenal, scored his 144th overall goal for the club in the 72nd. French 2018 World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso and Argentina World Cup-winning left-back Nicolás Tagliafico have teamed up to set him up.
Dutch striker Thijs Dallinga scored twice for Toulouse in a 2-1 win at struggling Strasbourg.
Veteran striker Kevin Gameiro put the Alsatians ahead in the 20th minute, but Dallinga equalized for Toulouse five minutes later and struck again early in the second half.
Forwards Jérémy Le Douaron and Steve Mounie scored first-half goals for Brest in a 4-0 home win over Angers. Midfielders Franck Honorat and Pierre Lees-Melou scored after the break.
England striker Stephy Mavididi scored both goals as Montpellier cruised to a well-deserved 2-0 win at 19th-placed Auxerre to head out of relegation trouble, and Clermont drew 0-0 at home to Nantes .
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