Late Mollo winner floors PSG
Paris Saint-Germain suffered a first Ligue 1 defeat in 15 outings as Yohan Mollo's 89th-minute strike gave AS Nancy Lorraine a 2-1 win over the title pretenders on Saturday.
AS Nancy Lorraine 2 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain
Nancy's upturn in form of late has seen them raise hopes of remaining in the top flight, and they took the lead through Bakaye Traoré, who - like in striking the matchwinner against Stade Brestois 29 last weekend - gave his team a deserved 18th-minute lead. Having been dominated in the first half, PSG improved after the break, but only had Mohamed Sissoko's 50th-minute header to show for their efforts before the excellent Mollo struck in the closing stages to leave faltering PSG without a win in three L1 matches and four games in all competitions.
Having seen Montpellier go ahead of them in the table last weekend, albeit on goal difference, PSG were keen to re-assert themselves in top spot with the south-westerners not playing this weekend with their game with Olympique de Marseille rescheduled due to OM's Champions League commitments. However, Carlo Ancelotti's men have not been convincing of late, despite coming into the match boasting a 14-game unbeaten run, and they looked far from title contenders as they soon went behind. When Mollo's cross came into the box, a slip by Zoumana Camara allowed Traoré the time and space to stab home.
Two minutes later, PSG almost found themselves further behind after Salvatore Sirigu's punched clearance to another Mollo cross dropped invitingly for Andre Luiz - the Brazilian defender's dipping shot crashed off the frame of the goal though. Beaten by that strike, Sirigu was able to intercede when Daniel Niculae teed up Traoré again soon afterwards, but the former Palermo custodian looked like he might concede again when Salif Sané smashed a shot in from distance that only narrowly missed the target.
Mollo may have doubled his team's advantage in the opening minute after the re-start only for Camara to unwittingly block his goalbound header, and PSG quickly capitalised on their fortune to level. Sylvain Armand's cross picked out Sissoko, who rose above Andre Luiz to head home only his second L1 goal in PSG colours.
Guillaume Hoarau, whose late equaliser had salvaged a draw at home to Girondins de Bordeaux last Sunday, very nearly gave PSG the lead barely four minutes later, but the ex-Le Havre man's powerful header zipped just past the hosts' goal. Pastore then intercepted Joël Sami's pass and fed Jérémy Ménez, who was only thwarted by Guy Roland Ndy Assembé rushing smartly and effectively from his line.
The equaliser had clearly stimulated both PSG hearts and minds with Pastore in particular having a growing influence. The Argentine produced a wonderful pass that found Blaise Matuidi charging forward - the ex-AS Saint-Etienne man's shot from a tight angle was parried by Ndy Assembé before Andre Luiz cleared. The Brazilian centre-back then threw himself bravely to block Kévin Gameiro's shot before Mollo drilled home from substitute Benjamin Moukandjo's cross to inflict a first L1 defeat on Carlo Ancelotti and see Nancy complete an unlikely double this season over PSG.