Third-placed Paris St. Germain lost ground in the Ligue 1 title race when he suffered a 2-0 home defeat for his main rivals against Monaco on Sunday after victories.
Five days after the 4-1 -Winning against Barcelona in the Champions League, the French champions lacked stamina and inspiration as they fell four points behind leaders Lille, who scored 58 points from 26 games after beating Lorient 4-1 on Sunday.
That fourth-placed Monaco, who have now won eight of their last nine league games, prevailed with goals from Sofiane Diop and Guillermo Maripan and were within two points of PSG.
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Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG were still without the injured Neymar and Angel Di Maria, while key midfielder Marco Verratti started on the bench.
Kylian Mbappe, who impressed with a hat-trick at Camp Nou on Tuesday, fought against a compact Monaco defense and the visitor took the lead after just six minutes when Diop went home.
PSG increased the pressure before the break but couldn’t get a single shot on target.
The team von Niko Kovac doubled their lead six minutes into the second half when center-back Maripan shot home from the penalty area after the PSG defense failed to clear a cross.
« It’s another missed opportunity in the title race. We have to understand that there are good teams in France too. It’s not just about the Champions League, « said Verratti.
Previously, Lille had ensured that the weekend ended with an all-out win at Lorient at Sp Itze ends.
It continued after 21 minutes when Andrew Gravillon deflected the goal from Zeki Clik into his own net, only two minutes later Lorient hit the back corner thanks to Jerome Hergault’s shot.
Jose Fonte took a bad clearance from Enzo Le Fee to double Lille’s record with a crossed shot seven minutes before break.
Jonathan Ikone increased Lille’s advantage with an excellent free kick just before the hour, and Domagoj Bradaric finished added time with a rocket from the edge of the penalty area.
Thanks to a 2-1 home win against the lowest club Dijon, the promoted RC Lens rose to fifth place with 40 points.