Kylian Mbappe & Lionel Messi unable to prevent PSG hitting historic low in Qatari-backed era after conceding three times against Lorient
- Ligue 1 champions stunned on home soil
- Never recovered from slow start
- Superstars unable to turn the tide
WHAT HAPPENED? The reigning Ligue 1 champions opened their latest fixture with a star-studded starting XI, but things started to unravel quickly at Parc des Princes. Lorient opened the scoring in the 15th minute, before Achraf Hakimi collected a second yellow card in the 20th. Mbappe pulled a bizarre goal back for PSG, but Bamba Dieng had the last word as he wrapped up the points for the visitors two minutes from time. With the game ending 3-1, PSG conceded three goals in a defeat on home soil for the first time since their Qatari owners arrived in 2011.
3 - For the first time ever under the Qatar era (since 2011-12), Paris have lost a home game in Ligue 1 conceding at least three goals. Absent. #PSGFCL pic.twitter.com/WlNkgJH5dz— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 30, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: PSG remain eight points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table for now, with Marseille boasting a game in hand, and will believe that they still have more than enough to successfully defend their domestic crown.
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WHAT NEXT? It remains to be seen how many superstars will still be at PSG next season, with questions continuing to be asked of how long Messi – as his contract runs down – and Neymar – with transfer talk being ramped up – will be sticking around in the French capital.