Ligue 1: PSG Miss Out On Top Spot After Shock Nantes Defeat


Paris Saint-Germain missed the possibility to maneuver prime of Ligue 1 on Sunday after falling to a shock 2-1 house loss to Nantes, permitting Lille to take care of their league lead regardless of drawing 0-0 at Monaco. The reigning champions had the possibility to take first place from Lille on aim distinction however strikes from Randal Kolo and Moses Simon worn out PSG’s half-time lead, which got here by means of Julian Draxler, and inflicted a fourth house defeat this marketing campaign on the capital membership. Lille keep prime and achieve a degree on PSG, taking their result in three on each them and Lyon, who may solely draw at Reims on Friday.

Nantes transfer out of the automated relegation locations with simply their fifth win of a troubled season, a degree from security.

“We were good in the first half, in control, and we even had the chance to score the second. But after the equaliser we struggled,” mentioned PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino made 5 modifications from the crew that bought previous Barcelona and into the Champions League quarter-finals midweek, and his facet may simply have been forward early on.

Angel Di Maria’s eleventh minute rocket was well-saved by Alban Lafont and shortly afterwards Marquinhos ought to have carried out higher when he headed over Draxler’s nook when utterly unmarked.

However Nantes got here into the sport after that and thought they need to have been given a penalty within the twentieth minute when Presnel Kimpembe introduced down Randal Kolo, just for the spot-kick to not be awarded.

Ten minutes later house goalkeeper Kaylor Navas stored the scores degree with a wonderful save from Ludovic Blas’ well-hit half-volley, and after that PSG briefly awakened.

First Kylian Mbappe labored some area for a tame shot, earlier than Rafinha examined Lafont’s fingers with a stinging effort from the sting of the field.

Draxler then opened the scoring three minutes earlier than the break when he pounced on a free ball to lash a left-footed shot previous Lafont.

However Nantes levelled within the 59th minute amid some confusion among the many PSG camp on the sidelines which finally led to Di Maria being substituted — with Pochettino following the Argentine down the tunnel — as Kolo collected a wayward Mbappe move earlier than ramming house his end.

PSG later informed AFP that Di Maria was considered one of two gamers whose home had been burgled in the course of the recreation.

PSG lose their means

The commotion off the sphere and equaliser appeared to have an effect on PSG’s gamers and Nantes took full benefit within the 71st minute by means of Moses Simon, who tapped house Kolo’s sq. move after which needed to endure a protracted wait whereas VAR made positive no-one was offside within the build-up.

Former PSG participant and coach Antoine Kombouare then watched his new crew maintain out bravely because the hosts tried in useless to get one thing from the sport.

Christophe Galtier’s Lille keep in first place after their largely uneventful draw at Monaco.

Monaco stay seven factors behind Lille in fourth after failing to select up floor within the race for subsequent season’s Champions League.

They keep 4 factors behind third-placed Lyon, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

Monaco, who had a Wissam Ben Yedder aim dominated out for offside following a VAR verify within the first half, virtually snatched the factors on the dying by means of substitute Stevan Jovetic however the Montenegrin’s close-range effort was effectively stored out by Mike Maignan.

“Jovetic is very disappointed. It was a big opportunity but Maignan is excellent,” mentioned coach Nico Kovac.

“I’m satisfied with how my team played… My impression is that Lille came here to get a draw, as they played on the counter.”


The draw within the Principality additionally prolonged to 11 matches an unbeaten league run for Lille that stretches again to early January.

Next weekend PSG journey to Lyon, themselves additionally three factors off the lead whereas Lille host relegation-threatened Nimes.

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