Paris Saint Germain’s inexorable march towards Ligue 1 supremacy was handled an extra blow Sunday as they succumbed to a slim 1-0 defeat on house soil by the hands of Olympique Lyonnais.
The capital facet, who solely have the league to salvage a disappointing season after being knocked out of the French Cup and the Champions League, fell sufferer to Bradley Barcola’s second-half purpose and had been left on 66 factors from 29 video games.
They lead second-placed RC Lens, who beat Stade Rennais 1-0 away on Saturday, by six factors, with third-placed Olympique de Marseille additionally on 60 factors after a 1-1 draw with Montpellier on Friday.
Earlier on Sunday, fourth-placed Monaco moved inside three factors of Marseille after a spectacular 4-3 house victory towards Racing Strasbourg.
Lyon is ninth on 44 factors.
“It is rather a lot. There may be disappointment and anger as a result of we concede to any alternatives. We lacked character and pleasure,” mentioned PSG coach Christophe Galtier.
“We do not comply with the plan; we’re not giving every thing. Nonetheless, the title is much from being within the pocket,” mentioned PSG defender Danilo Pereira.
The conflict between PSG and Lyon began 10 minutes late after Laurent Blanc’s facet confronted transportation points.
“We couldn’t go below a bridge, so we drove throughout Paris,” OL assistant coach Ludovic Giuly mentioned.
The delay didn’t disturb Lyon.
They had been awarded a penalty when Gianluigi Donnarumma made contact with Alexandre Lacazette within the space after a pointy counterattack from the guests.
Lacazette hit the Italian keeper’s right-hand submit for the French striker’s first miss from the spot this season.
PSG, who had their finest probability within the opening half by way of Renato Sanches, had been denied a penalty themselves on the stroke of the interval regardless of Dejan Lovren’s handball and fell behind at 56 minutes.
Barcola related with Sael Kumbedi’s cross to complete it with a comfortable crossed shot to present Lyon the benefit.
PSG did not react as they might not handle a shot on course earlier than Hugo Ekitike’s try was shortly blocked by Anthony Lopes, whereas Kylian Mbappe did not make a lot of an influence.
France ahead had his finest probability within the first minute of stoppage time with a deflected shot that Lopes tipped away.
OL held agency till the ultimate whistle and can head into Wednesday’s French Cup semifinal stuffed with confidence. On the identical time, PSG, who had been handed their fifth league defeat of the season, might want to regain their composure with a top-of-the-table conflict towards Lens in two weeks.