Shock moment football star learns of home invasion during game

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, Angel di Maria in action for French champions PSG.
Angel di Maria's house was targeted in a violent robbery while he played for PSG against Nantes. Pic: Getty

Paris Saint-Germain's Angel di Maria has found himself at the centre of a frightening incident after learning of a violent home invasion involving family members, during the middle of a match in the French league.

The Argentine was forced to leave the pitch mid-game during his side's shock 2-1 defeat against Nantes.

Days after the high of knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, PSG came crashing back to earth with a loss against relegation-threatened Nantes that leaves them three points behind leaders Lille with nine games left.

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The loss was compounded by the incident at Di Maria's house that caused confusion at the ground.

The bizarre scenes unfolded after PSG sporting director Leonardo leaned over from the stands to have a word with coach Mauricio Pochettino.

After a brief discussion, Pochettino then substituted Di Maria, before they both disappeared down the tunnel.

The PSG coach later emerged, but there was so sign of the player - sparking confusion for those watching it unfold.

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It later emerged through reports in France that Di Maria's house was targeted in a frightening robbery.

Described as being "very violent" by French outlet RMC, the robbery took place while Di Maria's family were still inside the house.

Unfortunately for PSG, it's a scary situation that other stars such as Sergio Rico, Thiago Silva, Eric Maxim Choupo Moting have all endured over the past 18 months.

Di Maria and his family were also targeted in a similar home invasion during his brief stint at Manchester United.

The latest shocking incident involving the star left many hoping and praying that his family were OK.

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PSG slip-up hands advantage to Lille

Before his exit, Di Maria helped PSG take a first half lead after proving the pass for Germany winger Julian Draxler to score a 41st minute opener.

An awful error from star striker Kylian Mbappe gifted Nantes an equaliser in the 58th.

He tried an intricate pass across midfield when under no pressure and instead sent the ball straight to forward Randal Kolo Muani, who skipped past Marquinhos and drilled a low shot past Navas.

Nantes took the lead in the 70th minute when Nigeria forward Moses Simon swept in Muani's cross from the right.

Nantes moved up one place to 18th but remain in danger of the drop.

Earlier, Mike Maignan's brilliant injury-time save earned table-toppers Lille a 0-0 draw at fourth-place Monaco.

Lille's iron defence has kept 16 clean sheets this season, including seven in the past nine games, and conceded just 17 goals in 29 matches.

Sixth-place Lens drew 2-2 at home to seventh-place Metz in an entertaining match where Lens twice took the lead.

Winger Benjamin Bourigeaud scored the only goal as eighth-place Rennes beat Strasbourg 1-0 to end a dismal run of six straight defeats.

South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo netted twice as mid-table Bordeaux won 3-1 at last-place Dijon, while striker Andy Delort grabbed Montpellier's equaliser in a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Nimes.

Relegation-threatened Lorient picked up a point with a 1-1 home draw with Nice.

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