Pied header, timely Ibrahimovic save sink PSG to first loss in French league


By Samuel Petrequin ,AP

PARIS — Jeremy Pied headed home the winner and goalkeeper Jonas Lossl denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a decisive save in the closing stages as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain slumped to its first defeat in the French league with a 1-0 loss at Guingamp on Sunday.

Leader Marseille did not take advantage of its rival’s stumble as Marcelo Bielsa’s team also lost 1-0 at Monaco. Bernardo Silva scored the winner, preventing Marseille from extending its lead atop the standings to four points.

After losing 3-1 midweek to Barcelona in Europe’s top-tier competition, PSG could not recover from its first major setback of the season and looked bereft of ideas against an entertaining Guingamp side.

Although PSG almost opened the scoring when Edinson Cavani’s volley brushed the woodwork, Guingamp was the better team and deservedly moved ahead after David Luiz fouled Pied. PSG defenders were caught napping on the resulting free kick as Younousse Sankhare was left unmarked in the box and headed the ball for Pied, who beat goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu with a diving header in the 11th minute.

��I’m not satisfied with my team’s showing. I was really disappointed by our first half especially after we warned the players about Guingamp’s quality on set pieces,�� PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. ��This loss embodies our struggles since the start of the league season. We were made to pay for the lack of aggressiveness I have been ruing for a while.��

PSG remained second in the standings one point behind Marseille. Guingamp, which has one of the smallest budgets in the league, climbed to 13th overall, four points away from the relegation zone.

Guingamp, which reached the Europa League round-of-32 for the first time this week, had a good chance to double its lead soon after the interval when Claudio Beauvue forced Sirigu to parry the ball into the corner with a fine shot from the edge of the box after being picked out by Sankhare.