Nantes 3-1 PSG: Neymar misses penalty as Ligue 1 leaders stunned


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Nantes opened up a three-goal lead as PSG wasted first-half chances

Paris St-Germain lost in the league for just the second time this season as Nantes benefited from a superb opening 45 minutes to upset the leaders.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side – unbeaten in Ligue 1 since October – fell behind to a smart Randal Kolo Muani finish.

Nantes keeper Alban Lafont was inspired all night and made key saves before Quentin Merlin fired in a superb second and Ludovic Blas slammed in a penalty.

Neymar struck just after half-time but had a tame penalty saved on the hour.

Brazilian Neymar’s woeful effort was weak and summed up a testing night for PSG, who were rocked by Nantes’ adventurous first-half approach.

Much credit must go to keeper Lafont, who denied Lionel Messi at 1-0, Kylian Mbappe at 2-0 and then stood tall to save and hold another Neymar effort when the frontman had an age to size up a chance before the interval.

That miss from Neymar was further punished when Georginio Wijnaldum handled in the area at stoppage time, allowing Blas to open up a three-goal lead at the break.

Messi – making an 800th club appearance of his career – fed Neymar in the build-up to PSG’s goal two minutes after the interval – and it looked like they would build momentum when Dennis Appiah brought down Mbappe in the box.

But Lafont stood up to the penalty and has now saved three of the last four spot-kicks he has faced in Ligue 1.

Mbappe missed another superb opportunity when a loose ball fell his way seven yards out and Lafont was again on hand to turn away a late strike from Julian Draxler.

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Nantes jump from 10th to fifth in Ligue 1, while Marseille can cut the gap to PSG at the top to 10 points if they beat Clermont at home on Sunday.

Line-ups

Nantes

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1lafont
  • 26BukariSubstituted forCorchiaat 67′minutes
  • twenty-oneCastellettoBooked at 18mins
  • 12appiahBooked at 45mins
  • 4pallois
  • 29MarlineSubstituted forI broughtat 90′minutes
  • 10blahSubstituted forPereira De Saat 90+1′minutes
  • 3Girotto
  • 5Chirivella
  • 23Kolo Muani
  • 27SimonSubstituted forCoconutat 90+1′minutes

substitutes

  • 6Pereira De Sa
  • 7Coulibaly
  • 8Cyprien
  • elevenCoconut
  • 14I brought
  • 16Descamps
  • 19Geubbels
  • twentyaugustine
  • 24Corchia

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 24KehrerSubstituted forHakimiat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 14BernatSubstituted forTavares Mendesat 74′minutes
  • 18WijnaldumBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDraxlerat 65′minutes
  • 27GueyeSubstituted forIcardiat 81′minutes
  • 6VerrattiBooked at 38mins
  • 30Messi
  • 7MbappeBooked at 83mins
  • 10NeymarBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSay Mariaat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins

substitutes

  • twoHakimi
  • 9Icardi
  • elevenSay Maria
  • fifteenDaniel
  • twenty-oneblacksmith
  • 22Diallo
  • 23Draxler
  • 25Tavares Mendes
  • fiftyG Donnarumma

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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