Is Lionel Messi's head already in Barcelona? Winners & losers as PSG suffer shock Lorient loss after Achraf Hakimi red card

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The Argentine turned in a poor showing, though he wasn't the only one as Christophe Galtier's side made it three defeats in their last four home games

For 90 minutes, a lost figure strolled around the Parc des Princes. He occasionally touched the ball, but spent most of the game as an observer, watching as his side around him toiled against a team they should have comfortably beat.

That man, the near-invisible Lionel Messi, didn't seem to care as PSG slumped to a 3-1 loss against Lorient.

The visitors took the lead inside 15 minutes, with Enzo Le Fee ghosting into the box to finish a well-worked counter-attack. Things got worse for the Parisians shortly after, when Achraf Hakimi was given his marching orders after being shown a second yellow card.

PSG did equalise before half-time, as Kylian Mbappe nicked the ball off Yvon Mvogo when the Lorient goalkeeper thought play had been stopped.

Lorient's protests, though, soon turned to celebrations, as Darlone Yongwa snuck in at the back post unmarked to find net during what was a terrific performance.

PSG pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but with Messi turning in a languid showing, they didn't create much to speak of in the final 45 minutes. And they left themselves exposed on the counter, allowing Bamba Dieng to saunter through after a PSG corner and snag a third with five minutes to go.

Lorient became the first visiting team to ever win while scoring three goals at Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 since Qatar Sports Investment took over in the French capital in 2011, and PSG have now lost three of their last four home matches.

Ligue 1 could, then, get a bit interesting from here. If Marseille beat Auxerre on Sunday, the Parisians will only have a five-point lead atop the table with five games to play. And with their star man seemingly in cruise control, their stroll to the Ligue 1 title might yet be made more difficult.

GOAL breaks down the winners & losers from Parc des Princes...

  1. LOSER: Lionel Messi
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    LOSER: Lionel Messi

    Is Messi already thinking about a certain Spanish city?

    The Argentine turned in the kind of performance familiar to PSG fans in recent weeks. He offered little going forward, and was nonexistent off the ball. There were some nice moments, including occasional nutmegs and turns of pace, but his overall impact was nowhere near enough to affect the game.

    It is likely to be a lazy few weeks for Messi. PSG are still favourites to win the title, regardless of how much he impacts each contest in isolation. And with it becoming increasingly likely that he departs for Barcelona this summer — assuming the Catalan club can get their finances together — each performance is becoming something of a formality.

    Onto bigger things soon, perhaps.

  2. WINNER: Darline Yongwa

    It takes a quality showing to be the best player on a pitch full of stars such as Messi and Mbappe, but Yongwa managed it with a near-perfect performance as a left-wing-back on Sunday.

    He tucked inside out of possession to help cover Messi when the Argentine dropped in space, and put in tackles on Carlos Soler and Hakimi.

    Going forward he was clinical, sneaking in at the far post to score his side's second, and his first goal of the season.

    There were further impressive moments too: neat passes and marauding runs into the final third to cap off an impressive showing.

    Yongwa is a natural left midfielder, and got up and down with aplomb, right when his team needed it the most.

  3. LOSER: Achraf Hakimi
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    LOSER: Achraf Hakimi

    Hakimi can have very little to complain about. He was booked for a silly slide tackle within the first few minutes, and shown a second yellow for an equally foolish foul shortly after.

    In truth, his second caution could have warranted a straight red card in isolation.

    The sending-off quashed PSG's chances on the day before they had really properly begun. Although the Parisians conceded early, they were still very much in the game — and looked dangerous on the break.

    But without one of their paciest, most impactful players, they were almost void of ideas. His absence doesn't bode well for PSG's next fixture, either.

  4. WINNER: The title race

    There's no way PSG can blow this, is there? The Parisians have an eight-point lead that could shrink to just five if Marseille win later on Sunday.

    And with five games to play, it's entirely possible that things could change.

    PSG do indeed have a fairly simple run of fixtures to come, with Troyes, Ajaccio and Clermont Foot likely to be relatively easy work.

    But they've made the simple ones look hard this calendar year. If they continue to drop points and Marseille find a late groove, something crazy could happen.

    It would be a welcome turn of events, especially after PSG appeared to be running away with it just three weeks ago. Watch this space.

  5. LOSER: Christophe Galtier
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    LOSER: Christophe Galtier

    How does this keep happening? It's tough to tell what exactly Galtier is doing at this point. His side were all over the place here, and while individual showings weren't up to scratch, the manager's tactics surely have to be questioned, too.

    After relying so heavily on a back three for the past few months, Galtier switched to a four. And it looked as if his group of seasoned veterans and world-class players had never worked in such a system before. The centre-backs were in a state of shock all game, while PSG had no control of the midfield.

    The pseudo-4-4-2 was presumably set up to give Messi and Mbappe more freedom to operate. Instead, PSG invited pressure, lost positional discipline, and lost the ball relentlessly.

    Galtier is fighting for his job at the moment, and needs to show that he can draw something out of this team. Indeed, at this point, tactical set ups matter as much as results. And Galtier's lack of nous is hurting his side big time.