Mauricio Pochettino suffers first defeat as PSG manager

Mauricio Pochettino suffers first defeat as PSG manager as they’re left STUNNED by two late Lorient goals and remain behind leaders Lyon despite two Neymar penalties

  • PSG suffered a shock 3-2 loss at Lorient as they failed to reclaim top spot
  • It was the first loss suffered by manager Mauricio Pochettino in the job
  • They looked on to leapfrog Lyon and return top after two Neymar penalties
  • The spot-kicks had turned the game after Laurent Abergel’s opener for Lorient
  • But Yoane Wissa equalised and then Terem Moffi scored stoppage time winner

Mauricio Pochettino suffered his first defeat as Paris Saint-Germain manager as two late Lorient goals left them stunned in a shock defeat.

PSG led with just 10 minutes remaining and looked set to reclaim top spot in Ligue 1 from Lyon, who’d moved there by beating Bordeaux on Friday night.

Neymar had converted two penalties after PSG fell behind to Laurent Abergel’s opener in the first-half but there was to be a sting in the tail. 

PSG were left stunned by Terem Moffi’s late winner as Lorient beat them 3-2 on Sunday

Moffi broke clear of the PSG offside trap to slot home a 91st-minute winner for Lorient 

Lorient’s players celebrate Yoane Wissa’s late equaliser but there was even better to come

Wissa finished from a tight angle after a mazy dribble through the PSG defence on 80 minutes

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was left stunned as he suffered his first loss as manager

Neymar (right) looks stunned as PSG threw away their winning position to lose at Lorient 

Yoane Wissa fired home from a tight angle to equalise for relegation-threatened Lorient before Terem Moffi beat the offside trap to grab a dramatic 91st-minute winner.

It meant a first defeat for Pochettino in his sixth game in charge since taking over the job in early January.

The reigning champions have now lost five league matches already this season, the same number as in the entire 2018-19 campaign, with Lyon and Lille potentially stealing the initiative in the title race.

PSG were without Marco Verratti and Abdou Diallo entering the game, both isolating after testing position for Covid-19 and they missed the influence of the Italian midfielder in particular. 

Neymar sticks his tongue out to celebrate converting the second of his penalties at Lorient

The Brazilian was spot-on twice but PSG passed up the opportunity to return top of the table

PSG were 2-1 ahead and on course for victory with 10 minutes left but conceded two goals

Neymar is fouled by Houboulang Mendes to concede the first of PSG’s two penalties

The hosts went ahead against the run of play when Abergel dispossessed Danilo Pereira, who was standing in for Verratti, and fired the ball just under the bar with a cross-shot in the 36th minute.

But PSG were level by half-time, with Neymar spot-on from 12 yards after Houboulang Mendes had hauled him down in the box.

Mendes’ afternoon to forget continued when he brought down Mauro Icardi to concede a second penalty early in the second-half and Neymar scored his 13th goal of the campaign. 

Laurent Abergel celebrates scoring Lorient’s opening goal in the first-half of Sunday’s game

Abergel was mobbed by his team-mates after firing the struggling side into a shock lead

Wissa came off the bench with half-an-hour remaining and he made an impact in the 80th minute after playing a one-two with Moffi and slotting past Sergio Rico from a tricky angle.

And lowly Lorient were sent into dreamland when Moffi won it in stoppage time with his fifth goal in five matches. It was their first win over PSG since 2011 and the Parisians’ first league loss in eight games.

PSG return to action at home to Nimes on Wednesday night and then take on bitter rivals Marseille away from home next Sunday.

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