PSG loses 1-0 at Lyon in French league

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain failed to get over the disappointment of its Champions League exit as it lost 1-0 at Lyon in the French league on Sunday.

A wasteful PSG suffered a second straight loss for the first time this season but still tops the league with a 10-point lead over Monaco with just five rounds left.

Lyon midfielder Jordan Ferri scored the winner with a low curling shot in the 31st minute.

"The heart of this team is fantastic right now," Lyon coach Remi Garde said. "The players are 100 percent focused on the team. Everybody is shooting in the same direction."

PSG coach Laurent Blanc reiterated his support to Edinson Cavani, who has struggled in the lone striker role since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hamstring injury.

"We must help him," Blanc said. "Great players think about the World Cup. They always have it at the back of their minds. He just returned from a serious injury. Obviously, he doesn't want to miss the World Cup. He must be more relaxed in his mind. You can see a player who's not relaxed and that's unforgiving in front of goal."

Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne lost ground in the race for a Champions League spot by drawing 2-2 at Reims to trail third-place Lille by seven points.

In the Brittany derby, Serge Gakpe fired Nantes to a 1-0 win over Guingamp, helping his team inch closer to safety. Guingamp lost its fourth straight league match to drop to 17th place, just five points above the relegation zone.

Blanc made four changes from the side that lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Cavani, who missed some good chances against Chelsea, could have given PSG the lead in the second minute but his header was deflected onto the post by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. PSG left back Lucas Digne then had a goal disallowed for offside in the eighth after Cavani fell inside the box.

The defending champion dominated possession but Bafetimbi Gomis troubled the PSG defense with his power. The Lyon striker skipped past Digne and outmuscled Thiago Silva to drag a shot wide from eight yards in the 11th minute. He then fired a spinning shot straight at goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu from the edge of the box in the 13th.