Paris Saint-Germain’s 10 men slipped up at the Ligue 1 summit once again after they suffered a 3-1 loss against a worthy Lorient on Sunday.
Achraf Hakimi’s 20th-minute dismissal for a second yellow card followed Enzo Le Fee’s surprise opener for the visitors at Parc des Princes.
Although Kylian Mbappe brought Christophe Galtier’s side back on equal terms with a controversial finish, goals from Darlin Yongwa and Bamba Dieng handed the hosts another defeat.
It is their third in sixth league matches, although PSG retain a healthy gap to second-placed Marseille, eight points back with a single game in hand.
The signs of a potential PSG implosion were there inside the opening exchanges when Hakimi clattered through Romain Faivre with his studs.
It went from bad to worse for the home side when Le Fee smashed in from six yards following a cut-back, before Hakimi got his marching orders after he lunged in on Yongwa’s foot.
Mbappe restored parity with a moment of bizarre opportunity after goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo mistakenly thought he had a free-kick and dropped the ball in his box, allowing the striker to pounce on an open net.
But Lorient would not be kept level for long, and when a defensive block inside the PSG box went awry, Yongwa was there to pounce and claim back the lead.
Despite the man disadvantage, PSG pushed hard for another equaliser after the break, with Sergio Ramos inching a header over before the hour mark.
Lorient picked them off on the counter, however. After Dieng saw a tap-in chalked off for offside late on, he belatedly got his goal after seizing on a long ball for a breakaway goal.
PSG player ratings
GK – Gianluigi Donnarumma – 2/10 – Looks devoid of confidence and ability right now.
RB – Achraf Hakimi – 0/10 – Sent off for two utterly daft challenges.
CB – Sergio Ramos – 1/10 – Roughly a 10th of the player we saw at Real Madrid.
CB – Marquinhos – 2/10 – Aggy and not great.
LB – Juan Bernat – 2/10 – Not a coincidence that two of Lorient’s goals came from his flank.
CM – Danilo Pereira – 1/10 – He was on the pitch apparently.
CM – Marco Verratti – 1/10 – Has seemingly lost all ability to tackle.
AM – Carlos Soler – 1/10 – Did literally nothing and was subbed off at half-time.
AM – Vitinha – 2/10 – Ran around a bit. That’s all he did.
ST – Lionel Messi – 3/10 – Saw a lot of the ball but didn’t do a lot with it.
ST – Kylian Mbappe – 4/10 – His quick-thinking got PSG back into the game briefly. Not at his best thereafter.
Fabian Ruiz – 2/10 – Better than Soler, although an inanimate carbon rod would’ve been better too.
Nuno Mendes – 3/10.
Hugo Ekitike – 3/10.
Warren Zaire-Emery – N/A.
Christophe Galtier – 1/10 – PSG are currently a bad football team, and Galtier is a reason for that.