PARIS (AFP) – Star-studded Paris Saint Germain slumped to a second defeat in a week as they lost their unbeaten French Ligue 1 record when lowly Guingamp beat them 1-0 on Sunday.
But the shock reverse was softened when league leaders Marseille, on 38 points, also lost 1-0 at Monaco in Sunday’s late game, leaving the champions second just a point adrift of the top and Lyon third on 36 points.
Victory would have made Marseille ‘Champions of Autumn’, league leaders going into the winter break, but Bernardo Silva’s precise shot from the edge of the area on 68 minutes handed Monaco a deserved win.
Fresh from securing their passage into the last-16 of the Champions League as group winners on Tuesday, Monaco’s disciplined display left the usually swashbuckling Marseille frustrated.
Rod Fanni missed a simple chance for the visitors with an open goal begging just before half-time, and Marseille’s star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac was kept quiet.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had been furious as his side lost 3-1 in Barcelona on Wednesday.
But Sunday’s performance was far worse.
Jeremy Pied got Guingamp’s goal with a flying header on the edge of the six-yard box in the 11th minute with the Paris central defence of Thiago Silva and David Luiz nowhere to be seen.
“It was poor marking all round, even me I got it wrong,” said PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
“We’re really upset. We’re just not used to losing and now that’s two in a week.”
Edinson Cavani had hit the crossbar in the second minute and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the ball in the net in the 35th minute only to see an offside flag go up.
PSG had 10 wins and seven draws going into the game and, despite dominating, Guingamp’s bloody-minded resistance was eventually more than a match for the Qatari-backed PSG side.
“This is not just a bad week, it’s a dreadful one,” said PSG coach Laurent Blanc.