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PSG’s title march slowed down with Lyon defeat

Published: 01:25, 4 April 2023

PSG’s title march slowed down with Lyon defeat

Paris Saint Germain's title march towards the Ligue 1 title suffered another setback when it suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Olympique Lyonnais Sunday.
The capital side, which only has the league to salvage a disappointing season after being knocked out of the French Cup and the Champions League, fell victim to Bradley Barcola's second half goal and was left on 66 points from 29 games.
It leads second-placed RC Lens, which beat Stade Rennais 1-0 away Saturday, by six points with third-placed Olympique de Marseille also on 60 points after a 1-1 draw with Montpellier Friday.
The clash between PSG and Lyon started 10 minutes late after Laurent Blanc's side faced transportation issues.
“We could not go under a bridge so we drove all around Paris,” Lyonnais assistant coach Ludovic Giuly said.
The delay did not disturb Lyon.
It was awarded a penalty when Gianluigi Donnarumma made contact with Alexandre Lacazette in the area after a sharp counter attack from the visitors.
Lacazette, however, hit the Italian keeper's right-hand post for the French striker's first miss from the spot this season.
PSG, which had its best chance in the opening half through Renato Sanches, was denied a penalty on the stroke of the interval despite Dejan Lovren's handball.
Barcola connected with Sael Kumbedi's cross to finish it off with a soft shot and give Lyon the advantage in the 56th minute.
PSG failed to react as it could not manage a shot on target.
Kylian Mbappe too failed to make much of an impact.
The France forward had his best chance in the first minute of stoppage time with a deflected shot that was tipped away by Lopes.
Lyonnais held firm until the final whistle and will head into Wednesday's French Cup semi-final full of confidence while PSG, which was handed its fifth league defeat of the season, will need to regain composure with a top-of-the table clash against Lens in two weeks.
Lille 3 (Cabella 13, Zhegrova 89, 90+1) Lorient 1 (Kone 77)
Nantes 0 Reims 3 (Flips 38, 39, Munetsi 58)
Angers 1 (Niane 15) Nice 1 (Moffi 4)
Clermont 2 (Kyei 60-P, 90+3-P) Ajaccio 1 (El Idrissy 25)
Brest 3 (Mounie 33, Le Douaron 62, Camara 84) Toulouse 1 (Dallinga 10)
Monaco 4 (Campos 18, Seghir 54, Diop 58, Fofana 65) Strasbourg 3 (Mothiba 32, Maripan 41-og, Diallo 90+3)
PSG 0 Lyon 1 (Barcola 56)
Auxerre 1 (Niang 72) Troyes 0
Rennes 0 Lens 1 (Openda 31)
Paris Saint-Germain's march towards another Ligue 1 title was slowed Sunday as they went down 2-0 at home to Rennes, the second time Christophe Galtier's side have lost to the Brittany club in 2023. Kylian Mbappe had an effort disallowed for offside before Karl Toko-Ekambi put Rennes in front with a magnificent strike in the final minute of the first half.
Arnaud Kalimuendo then made it 2-0 three minutes after the restart against the club he left in the last close season, as PSG slumped to a first home league defeat of the campaign.
It is the Parisians' fourth Ligue 1 loss this season, all of them coming in 2023.
They also lost away to Rennes when the teams last met in January.
Marseille cut PSG's lead at the top of the table to seven points after beating Reims 2-1 in Sunday's late game.
Rennes, meanwhile, reclaim fifth place from Lille in the fight for European qualification.
The team finishing fifth will qualify for the Europa Conference League, with the top three going into the Champions League and fourth into the Europa League.

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