England League One

PSG destroys Marseille 5-1 in French league

PARIS (AP) Marseille players witnessed firsthand how big the gap is between them and the top sides of the French league as they slumped to a humiliating 5-1 loss to bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

In a game that used to be the biggest in French football, host Marseille was outclassed in every aspect and was already trailing by two goals after 16 minutes. Marseille's defensive frailties were constantly exposed afterward and the home side could have been handed a heavier loss.

Second-placed PSG remained within three points of leader Monaco, which won 2-1 at Guingamp on Saturday. Marseille sits seventh, lagging 23 points behind Monaco.