PARIS (AP) – Paris Saint-Germain was booed at home in its last match of the year after the defending French league champion was held to a goalless draw by Montpellier on Saturday.
It was a first 0-0 draw at home in nearly two years for PSG, which fell to its first league defeat of the season at Guingamp last weekend. That result came days after its unbeaten season was ended at Barcelona in the Champions League.
Both sides struggled to carve out chances, and the only shot on target in an abject first half was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s weak free kick for PSG.
Montpellier also had a goal ruled out for a tight offside decision.
PSG moved level on points with league leader Marseille, which hosts Lille on Sunday. Montpellier remained ninth.
Monaco moved provisionally fourth – six points below PSG – with a 1-0 win at struggling Metz, which remained in the bottom three along with Caen and Bastia, who drew their relegation battle 1-1.
Guingamp’s three-match winning streak ended in a 1-1 draw at Toulouse, while Lorient also remained in trouble as it lost 2-1 at home to Nantes.
Elsewhere, Reims beat Rennes 3-1.
PSG had a chance to end 2014 as it had started, at the top of the league, but Montpellier went closest to taking the lead with a stunning effort from Morgan Sanson, who was ruled marginally offside on Anthony Mounier’s cross.
PSG was jeered off the pitch at halftime, with its closest effort being Ibrahimovic’s free kick which was comfortably gathered by Montpellier goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali.