PSG loses 3-1 to Lens in their first loss of the season

French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain succumbed to public pressure and lost 3-1 away to Lens on Sunday for their first defeat of the season.

With the victory, Lens reduced the difference to four points in the table and maintains the perfect record at home.

Lens exposed PSG’s weakness to counterattacks. The northern team scored at the start of each half, dominated the midfield and the fans harassed the visitors.

Lens has nine consecutive victories under coach Franck Haise. The club has the best defense in the league, having allowed just 11 touchdowns in 17 games compared to PSG’s 13.

PSG coach Christophe Galtier, alarmed and frustrated by his team’s performance, said the players did not stick to the game plan.

“It was difficult for me to recognize my team. We lacked solidarity and they outplayed us more and more as the match progressed, we left them too much space,” he added.

“In fact, we did the opposite of what we were supposed to do. We had difficulties against Lens’ siege, we should have played more with long passes to force them to defend further inside. Sportingly, they dominated us”.

Haise, for his part, celebrating his 100th game as manager, grabbed a microphone and sang a club anthem to the jubilant fans.

For Lens, Przemyslaw Frankowski scored after five minutes, Loïs Openda at 28 and Alexis Claude Mauirice at 47. For PSG, Hugo Ekitiké scored after 8 minutes.

PSG played without Brazil’s Neymar, who is suspended, and World Cup champion Lionel Messi, who will return to training after his visit to his native Argentina ends.

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“Both are great players who make the difference, but that’s not an excuse,” PSG captain Marquinhos said. “We lack cohesion, efficiency and intensity.”

Elsewhere, Monaco moved up to fourth in the French league by beating Brest 1-0 on Sunday with Russian midfielder Alexandr Golovin’s goal in the 54th minute in a dumbbell with Malian midfielder Mohamed Camara.

Monaco coach Philippe Clement made the bold decision to send 17-year-old Moroccan Eliesse Ben Seghir onto the pitch in the place of proven French striker Wissam Ben Yedder, the club’s leading scorer in the last three campaigns.

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