Mauricio Pochettino’s first sport in cost of Paris Saint-Germain ended in a tame 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne on Wednesday as leader Lyon moved three factors clear by beating Lens 3-2 at house.
Lyon made it 15 video games unbeaten with Memphis Depay scoring twice, however PSG nonetheless jumped as much as second place on purpose distinction as a result of Lille misplaced 2-1 at house to Angers.
“I am disappointed. We are PSG and we wanted to win,” stated Pochettino, who changed Thomas Tuchel after he was fired late final month. “This is not the result that we wanted.”
Pochettino’s tenure received off to a nasty begin when veteran winger Romain Hamouma put Saint-Etienne forward in the nineteenth minute, after PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye misplaced the ball close to the penalty space.
It was the a hundredth league purpose Hamouma has been concerned in, with 57 targets and 43 assists.
Striker Moise Kean equalized quickly after when he was teed up by midfielder Marco Verratti.
Kean then shot over the bar with 20 minutes left, simply moments after Saint-Etienne striker Denis Bouanga headed towards the woodwork.
Lyon completely dominated the first half towards Lens and Depay made the breakthrough in the thirty ninth, when he latched onto a defense-splitting move from midfielder Lucas Paqueta and completed confidently.
It took Lyon lower than one minute to double its lead following the break, when a cross from proper again Leo Dubois led to a careless personal purpose from defender Steven Fortes.
Maxwell Cornet was then fouled in the field when put clear by by the spectacular Paqueta, and Depay transformed his sixth penalty of the marketing campaign from a brief run up in the 52nd.
Florian Sotoca pulled a advantageous purpose again with a roller into the highest proper nook, and Cheick Doucoure ensured a nervy end with a late second purpose for Lens.
“Everyone thought it was going to be an easy win for us, but I was worried this would be a difficult game,” Lyon coach Rudi Garcia stated. “But our unbeaten run continues and I congratulate the players for that.”
In northern France, Lille was 2-0 down after 11 minutes towards Angers, with midfielder Romain Thomas grabbing each, earlier than veteran Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz pulled one again in the forty first.
Marseille could now assume twice about sending winger Nemanja Radonjic out on mortgage as deliberate.
He made probably the most of a uncommon begin when he headed in Florian Thauvin’s cross near halftime.
Montpellier is without doubt one of the league’s finest away sides and midfielder Florent Mollet made it 1-1.
But Marseille’s substitutes made the distinction as playmaker Dimitri Payet — surprisingly left on the bench — and Valere Germain netted in the final 10 minutes.
Although Marseille is in fifth place, it has performed two video games fewer than the highest 4 sides.
Raymond Domenech’s first match in cost of Nantes ended in a 0-0 draw at house to fourth-place Rennes.
Domenech is teaching once more after a decade away.
His France tenure ended with the complete taking part in squad occurring a coaching floor strike on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in protest at teammate Nicolas Anelka being despatched house.
Aleksandr Golovin got here off the bench and scored immediately as sixth-place Monaco received 5-2 at struggling Lorient.
The skilful Russia midfielder, who has been out since September with a thigh damage, struck halfway by the second half with a advantageous curling shot from outdoors the penalty space following a nook.
Striker Ludovic Ajorque netted twice in Strasbourg’s 5-0 win towards last-place Nimes.
Also, it was: Brest 2, Nice 0; Metz 0, Bordeaux 0, and Reims 0, Dijon 0.