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PSG's record unbeaten run ended by Lyon
Published :Tuesday, 1 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 9

Paris, Feb 29: Lyon stunned Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Sunday to end the defending champions' hopes of becoming the first French team to avoid defeat for a whole league season.
Young forward Maxwell Cornet stroked Bruno Genesio's men into a surprise early lead and Lyon deservedly made it two through Sergi Darder's wonderfully-taken goal on the stroke of half-time.
Lucas Moura pulled one back for the runaway league leaders, but Lyon held on for a famous victory that moves them into the top three.
For PSG this was a first league loss since a 3-2 defeat at Bordeaux in March 2015, although they remain 23 points clear of Monaco at the top of the table.
Manager Laurent Blanc admitted that his side were off the pace and did not deserve to take anything from the game.
"We were too average, myself included," he told Canal+. "Lyon were in a better state of mind. Were we not at our best? I don't know, we must regroup."
"We expected a difficult game, but not as hard. I took off a player at half-time (Benjamin Stambouli), I could have made more changes," he admitted.
Lyon manager Genesio wants his team's display to help them kick on for the rest of the campaign.
"The game counts for three points, but of course beating PSG makes it more satisfying," he said.
"What pleased me? The way we implented the plan, with the will to press them high. Certainly, we were up against one of the best teams in Europe, but we need to repeat this performance until the end of the season."
PSG were looking to extend their record unbeaten league streak to 37 matches, but Lyon started the stronger at Parc OL and they forged ahead in the 13th minute.
Alexandre Lacazette picked out 19-year-old Cornet, who displayed good footwork to cut inside Gregory van der Wiel, before curling confidently into the far corner to grab his third Ligue 1 goal.
The visitors are not used to being behind and their frustration boiled over when Thiago Motta appeared to strike Jordan Ferri in the face, with the Italian fortunate to escape with just a yellow card.    ?AFP








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