PSG rocked by Di Maria home robbery

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Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has been substituted during the second half of their 2-1 Ligue 1 loss to Nantes amid reports his home had been burglarised with his family inside.

Around the hour mark, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino left the field for a few moments after an earlier discussion with sporting director Leonardo, who was on his mobile phone.

It was unclear why the exchange happened but it coincided with Argentina veteran Di Maria being replaced.

Pochettino accompanied his countryman Di Maria to the locker room with his arm around him.

"There was a situation outside of sport itself that you're now aware of," Pochettino said after the game, without mentioning Di Maria by name.

"For the players this goes beyond soccer and it should be taken into consideration."

RMC Sport reported during the game that Di Maria had left the stadium and that he had been taken off due to a "serious personal matter".

Canal+ and RMC Sport provided a further update at fulltime, stating that Di Maria, along with a PSG teammate, believed to be captain Marquinhos, had their homes targeted on Sunday while the game was ongoing.

According to the media outlets, PSG confirmed the reports, with RMC Sport also claiming that both attacks took place while the respective families of the players were at home.

Home robberies are something the French giants have been suffering with for about 18 months now with former skipper Thiago Silva, Mauro Icardi, Sergio Rico and Eric Maxim Choupo Moting among others to have suffered from similar incidents.

Defending champion PSG's seventh defeat of the league season left them three points behind leaders Lille and level with third-place Lyon.

Germany winger Julian Draxler put PSG ahead in the 41st minute only for Nantes to hit back with goals from Randal Kolo Muani and Moses Simon.

Despite the win Nantes are 18th and remain in the drop zone.

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

Maignan showed superb composure and reflexes to stick out his right leg and block Stevan Jovetic's effort at Stade Louis II.

Sixth-place Lens drew 2-2 at home to seventh-place visitors Metz in an entertaining match in which the hosts 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.

Lorient picked up a point in their relegation fight with a 1-1 home draw with Nice.