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Marseille registered no shots on goal in a 0-0 draw against PSG, marking a historic first in Ligue 1. 

By Ben Lyttleton
October 24, 2016

Marseille made history in its 0-0 draw at Paris Saint-Germain Sunday. In new coach Rudi Garcia’s first game in charge, the visitor registered zero (ZERO!) shots on goal–according to data company Opta, it was the first time a French team has done this since it started collecting data 10 years and 3,900 games ago.

Not that Garcia seemed too bothered: “I ask for solidarity and cohesion and that’s what I saw out there,” he said.

As for PSG, there was another head-in-hands moment for Edinson Cavani, who was leaning back when he stuck PSG’s best chance wide of the goal from close range.

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PSG coach Unai Emery claimed his team was “on the right track” after the match, though he might have been concerned that the three players who were subbed off, Angel di Maria, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta, all seemed to show dissent towards him.

The result leaves Nice, now with eight wins out of 10, six points clear at the top of Ligue 1, and Marseille in 11th–but at last with reasons to be optimistic about the future.

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