Nantes 3-1 PSG: Neymar misses penalty as Ligue 1 leaders stunned

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Nantes opened up a three-goal lead as PSG wasted first-half chances

Paris St-Germain lost in the league for just the second time this season as Nantes profited from a superb opening 45 minutes to upset the leaders.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side – unbeaten in Ligue 1 since October – fell behind to a smart Randal Kolo Muani finish.

Nantes keeper Alban Lafont was inspired all night and made key saves before Quentin Merlin fired in a superb second and Ludovic Blas slammed in a penalty.

Neymar struck just after half-time but had a tame penalty saved on the hour.

Brazilian Neymar’s woeful effort was weak and summed up a testing night for PSG, who were rocked by Nantes’ adventurous first-half approach.

Much credit must go to keeper Lafont, who denied Lionel Messi at 1-0, Kylian Mbappe at 2-0 and then stood tall to save and hold another Neymar effort when the frontman had an age to size up a chance before the interval.

That miss from Neymar was further punished when Georginio Wijnaldum handled in the area in stoppage time, allowing Blas to open up a three-goal lead at the break.

Messi – making an 800th club appearance of his career – fed Neymar in the build-up to PSG’s goal two minutes after the interval – and it looked like they would build momentum when Dennis Appiah brought down Mbappe in the box.

But Lafont stood up to the penalty and has now saved three of the last four spot-kicks he has faced in Ligue 1.

Mbappe missed another superb opportunity when a loose ball fell his way seven yards out and Lafont was again on hand to turn away a late strike from Julian Draxler.

Nantes jump from 10th to fifth in Ligue 1, while Marseille can cut the gap to PSG at the top to 10 points if they beat Clermont at home on Sunday.



Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Lafont
  • 26BukariSubstituted forCorchiaat 67′minutes
  • 21CastellettoBooked at 18mins
  • 12AppiahBooked at 45mins
  • 4Pallois
  • 29MerlinSubstituted forTraoréat 90′minutes
  • 10BlasSubstituted forPereira De Saat 90+1′minutes
  • 3Girotto
  • 5Chirivella
  • 23Kolo Muani
  • 27SimonSubstituted forCocoat 90+1′minutes


  • 6Pereira De Sa
  • 7Coulibaly
  • 8Cyprien
  • 11Coco
  • 14Traoré
  • 16Descamps
  • 19Geubbels
  • 20Augustin
  • 24Corchia


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 24KehrerSubstituted forHakimiat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 14BernatSubstituted forTavares Mendesat 74′minutes
  • 18WijnaldumBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDraxlerat 65′minutes
  • 27GueyeSubstituted forIcardiat 81′minutes
  • 6VerrattiBooked at 38mins
  • 30Messi
  • 7MbappéBooked at 83mins
  • 10NeymarBooked at 50minsSubstituted forDi Maríaat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Hakimi
  • 9Icardi
  • 11Di María
  • 15Danilo
  • 21Herrera
  • 22Diallo
  • 23Draxler
  • 25Tavares Mendes
  • 50G Donnarumma

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Nantes 3, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Nantes 3, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  3. Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain).

  4. Andrei Girotto (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Foul by Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain).

  7. Charles Traoré (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Substitution, Nantes. Roli Pereira De Sa replaces Ludovic Blas.

  10. Substitution, Nantes. Marcus Coco replaces Moses Simon.

  11. Substitution, Nantes. Charles Traoré replaces Quentin Merlin.

  12. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Foul by Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes).

  14. Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Alban Lafont.

  15. Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Quentin Merlin.

  16. Attempt saved. Ludovic Blas (Nantes) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Marquinhos with a headed pass.

  18. Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Alban Lafont.

  19. Attempt saved. Julian Draxler (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nuno Mendes.

  20. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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