PSG loses 2-0 at Evian in French league

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm •  Published: December 4, 2013
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PARIS (AP) — Struggling Evian ended Paris Saint-Germain's 36-game unbeaten run in all competitions by defeating the leader 2-0 in the French League on Wednesday.

Clarck Nsikulu capitalized on a counterattack to fire home a low strike in the 75th minute before Pape Amodou Sougou cut inside Thiago Silva to beat goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu in the 87th.

The defending champion saw its lead over Lille atop the league cut to one point while Evian moved into 15th place.

"We were too average to win tonight," PSG coach Laurent Blanc told Canal Plus television. "We were not good in the first half but we created chances and should have taken the lead. I think it's a different story if we open the scoring."

PSG paid the price for rotating its lineup as Blanc rested Lucas Moura, Maxwell and Gregory Van der Wiel — who were on the bench — and Alex and Ezequiel Lavezzi, who were not even in the squad.

The visitors could have opened the scoring in the first half but Jeremy Menez wasted two good chances with some poor finishing in the 35th and 40th minutes.

PSG showed more accuracy in the second half, but Evian keeper Jesper Hansen saved a lob from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 65th and a close-range header from Javier Pastore in the 87th.

"We're fighting to avoid relegation," Evian coach Pascal Dupraz said. "I'd like so much to see my players show the same desire and focus in every game. Unfortunately, that's not the case as you can see in the standings."

Evian was the runner-up in the French Cup last season.

Also Wednesday, it was: Rennes 3, Saint-Etienne 1; Guingamp 0, Bordeaux 1; Ajaccio 1, Bastia 1; Sochaux 0, Reims 2; and Montpellier 0, Lorient 2.

On Tuesday, Lille and Monaco both won to put pressure on PSG, while Nantes beat Valenciennes 2-1. Lille edged Marseille 1-0 and Monaco routed Nice 3-0.

Silvio Romero scored his first league goal by finishing off a counterattack with a header in the 33rd minute. Romain Alessandrini doubled the lead for mid-table Rennes by converting a rebound in the 55th before setting up Romero in the 68th for a 3-0 lead.

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