Kylian Mbappe & Lionel Messi unable to prevent PSG hitting historic low in Qatari-backed era after conceding three times against Lorient

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Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi were unable to prevent Paris Saint-Germain from hitting a historic low in their shock 3-1 defeat to 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.

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.