PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN appear to have handed Monaco the Ligue 1 title after crumbling against Nice and getting two players sent off.
Angel Di Maria and Thiago Motta both received their marching orders late on whilst former Liverpool man Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for the hosts.
Ricardo Pereira doubled Nice’s lead in the second half and despite Marquinhos pulling one back for PSG, their defeat was sealed when Anastasios Donis scored in injury time.
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Unai Emery’s second-placed side trail Monaco, who have a game in hand, by three points with PSG having just three matches remaining.
Motta was the first of the pair to be dismissed for headbutting Paul Baysse in the 90th minute before Di Maria was sent off for a reckless challenge on Arnaud Souquet.
Nice had their first sniff of goal in the 20th minute, as a Jean Seri cross found Balotelli unmarked inside the area, but the Italian striker fired his effort over.
However he netted moments later as Pereira carried the ball during a counter-attack before slipping in Balotelli, who scored his 14th Ligue 1 goal of the campaign.
PSG were wasteful as they pushed for an equaliser, with Di Maria going for the spectacular from 35 yards before the deficit was doubled after the break.
Again Nice broke and the ball was played into Pereira, who cut in onto his weaker foot before curling into the top corner from the edge of the area.
Cavani had another header cleared off the line, but the visitors continued to threaten and were finally rewarded when Marquinhos flicked in a Thiago Silva header.
Tempers flared in the final 20 minutes as PSG began to get frustrated, and it all came to a head in stoppage time as Motta was sent off before a wild Di Maria lunge saw him also get sent off.
Substitute Donis added a third to wrap up the points as he headed in a deflected cross at the back post to bring Nice to within three points of their opponents.