PARIS: Lyon stunned Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to end the defending champions’ hopes of becoming the first French team to avoid defeat for a whole league season.
Young forward Maxwell Cornet stroked Bruno Genesio’s men into a surprise early lead and Lyon deservedly made it two through Sergi Darder’s wonderfully taken goal on the stroke of half-time.
Lucas Moura pulled one back for the runaway league leaders, but Lyon held on for a famous victory that moves them into the top three.
For PSG this was a first league loss since a 3-2 defeat at Bordeaux in March 2015, although they remain 23 points clear of Monaco at the top of the table.
Lyon started stronger at Parc OL and they forged ahead in the 13th minute.
Alexandre Lacazette picked out 19-year-old Cornet, who displayed good footwork to cut inside Gregory van der Wiel, before curling confidently into the far corner to grab his third Ligue 1 goal.
The visitors are not used to being behind and their frustration boiled over when Thiago Motta appeared to strike Jordan Ferri in the face, with the Italian fortunate to escape with just a yellow card.
Despite Rafael’s cross being slightly behind Darder, the Spanish midfielder flicked the ball over the head of center-back Silva with his first touch, and coolly steered home past Kevin Trapp with his second.
With the unbeaten run close to coming to an end Blanc responded by sending on Javier Pastore for Benjamin Stambouli at the interval.
The substitute was instrumental in creating space in the Lyon penalty area as the away side pulled one back less than six minutes into the second period.
Pastore was crowded out by a group of home defenders, but the ball broke kindly for Brazilian Lucas, who bent his shot just inside the far post.
Lyon went straight up the other end and could have restored their two-goal cushion, only for Ferri to side-foot wide.
Trapp made an excellent point-blank save with his legs to keep out Rachid Ghezzal.
But last season’s runners-up closed out a fourth win in five games with ease to move into the third and final Champions League place and become the first team to beat PSG domestically in almost a year.