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PSG Suffer First Loss Under Poch In Thriller

Ligue 1

Result: Lorient 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain

Date: 31 January 2021

Venue: Toulouse Arena

Paris Saint-Germain missed an opportunity to move back to the top of Ligue 1 standings after falling to a 3-2 defeat away at Lorient on Sunday.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino made several changes, with Keylor Navas, Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo and Marco Verratti dropping out.

Adrian Grbic capitalised on space left by Layvin Kurzawa and tried to get the better of Rico from long range. It took a deflection and looped just over.

Lorient’s compact shape was making it extremely difficult for PSG to play through the lines into their front four, who were all struggling to find space.

Grbic went for another audacious attempt in the 22nd minute and it very nearly paid off. From 25 yards out, the Lorient forward let rip and Rico had to be alert to dive to his right and keep out the dipping effort, with Lauriente then slicing well off target on the rebound.

Lorient took the lead in the 36th minute. Presnel Kimpembe and Danilo Pereira put themselves in all sorts of trouble on the edge of PSG’s box and Laurent Abergel was on hand to steal the ball and, on the slide, screw a finish beyond Rico and into the top-left corner.

In the 43rd minute, Neymar was scythed down in the box by Houboulang Mendes in the box. The Brazilian dusted himself off and converted the spot-kick to level matters.

Lorient conceded another penalty when Trevoh Chalobah hesitated when going for a loose ball and Mendes swung out a leg, unaware that Icardi was nipping in ahead of him before bringing down the Italian striker. And Neymar did the rest, once again sending the goalie the wrong way.

But the hosts were back in it in the 80th minute. Yoane Wissa exchanges passes with Igoboras Moffi and, after getting lucky with a heavy touch, slammed in from point-blank range.

In the first minute of stoppage time, PSG got caught high upfield and a long ball from the brilliant Abergel set Moffi away. He raced clear from a desperate defender and kept his cool to slot beyond Rico and seal a stunning victory for Lorient.

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