Ligue 1: PSG suffer their first season-opening defeat without Lionel Messi or Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain lost 3-1 at Lens on Sunday, their first loss in any competition since March 20, 2013. When they were without Lionel Messi and Neymar. Paris Saint-Germain lost 3-1 at Lens on Sunday, their first loss in any competition since March 20, 2013. When they were without Lionel Messi and Neymar. Lens deserved to win,” stated Christophe Galtier, coach of PSG.

Lens, who have only lost once in Ligue 1 this season, closed the gap on PSG. At the top to four points after 17 rounds thanks to goals and assists from Lois Openda. “We’re pleased to be four points behind,” Lens coach Franck Haise stated. Our victory demonstrates our ability to win this championship. PSG’s most recent defeat came more than nine months ago. When they lost 3-0 to Monaco in Ligue 1, they were still 12 points ahead of Monaco in the table.

PSG was without Messi and suspended Brazilian Neymar at Lens on Sunday. But as Kylian Mbappe warmed up, the Lens fans gave him a rousing welcome. Mbappe won the Golden Boot in Qatar. Galtier stated that he hoped Messi would receive a similar reception from French fans. Galtier stated, “He’s going to join us on January 3, in 48 hours.” I hope everyone will like Leo. By being very good, he won the trophy for the most beautiful. We hope he will be well received because we know he is a great and decisive player.”

Galtier stated, “Kylian worked hard.” He displayed a very positive attitude. “The fact that Leo and Ney were not present is not an excuse.” After five minutes, PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma stopped a Massadio Haidara shot from Przemyslaw Frankowski, who scored. Lens took the lead. Three minutes later, Hugo Ekitike scored by swinging hard as Brice Samba dived to collect a cross and put the ball past Lens’ goalkeeper.

After 28 minutes, Lens took control. Seko Fofana won possession on the edge of his own box. Openda passed a measured pass between PSG’s central defenders, and then drove through a few challenges. Belgium shot past Donnarumma after sprinting clear. Lens exerted pressure from the beginning of the second half and gained possession deep inside the PSG half in the 48th minute.

Openda received the ball in the box, and Alexis Claude Maurice was able to take a touch and score from close range with a back heel that caught the defense off guard. “Celebration Week” Normally, the French league doesn’t play during the holidays, but because it had to make up games after the World Cup, it played one round right after Christmas and two more on Sunday and Monday.

As a nod to the English tradition of Boxing Day games, they have dubbed the games “Celebration Week,” but many fans are suspicious or hostile. One of the protest banners that were waved by fans in a stand that was almost empty at Nantes. When the home team beat Auxerre 1-0, he said that the league and broadcasters were “killing” them. Aleksandr Golovin scored the only goal in Monaco from outside the penalty box, helping the home team defeat Brest 1-0 and secure fourth place.

After dropping their ninth game in a row, Anger fell 2-1 to visiting Lorient. Snapping their own streak of six games without a victory. Sofiane Boufal and Azzedine Ounahi, Moroccan World Cup stars for the home team. Those who recently returned from vacation and received lucrative transfer offers were honored prior to the match but did not appear. Abdel Bouhazama, the head coach of fits of anger, said, “I was happy to see Sofiane and Azzedine.” They are currently present. I delegate that to the club directors for the rest. I am in charge of what transpires on the field.”

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