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Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain held to 0-0 draw by Lille in French league

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PARIS — Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain dropped points for only the fourth time in the league this season when it was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Lille on Saturday.

PSG hosts Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, and coach clearly had that game in mind as he left star striker out of his squad.

But PSG still fielded a strong side with Edinson Cavani leading the attack — and missing two good chances.

PSG, which had won 16 straight games in all competitions heading into the match, last failed to win a league game on Dec. 1 — drawing 0-0 to Angers away.

It makes little difference as second-place Monaco trails by 25 points ahead of its trip to Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

replaced Ibrahimovic in attack and had a good chance in the ninth minute after being set up by winger Angel di Maria but Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama palmed away his low shot.

Enyeama made a nice save to stop Di Maria's toe-poke in the 37th minute, and Lille midfielder was the next to rescue his side as he headed left back Layvin Kurzawa's header off the line four minutes later.

But Cavani should have done better in the 57th when Enyeama flapped at Blaise Matuidi's cross from the left. The ball fell to Cavani but he failed to hit the target.

Cavani had another chance with five minutes to go after midfielder picked him out of the left of the penalty area but Enyeama thwarted him.

PHOTO: Lille's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, center, punches the ball during his League One soccer match against Paris Saint Germain, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Lille's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, center, punches the ball during his League One soccer match against Paris Saint Germain, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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