Mauricio Pochettino’s first sport accountable for Paris Saint-Germain resulted in a tame 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne on Wednesday as chief 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 objective distinction as a result of Lille misplaced 2-1 at house to Angers.
“I’m dissatisfied. We’re PSG and we needed to win,” mentioned Pochettino, who changed Thomas Tuchel after he was fired late final month. “This isn’t the consequence that we needed.”
Pochettino’s tenure received off to a nasty begin when veteran winger Romain Hamouma put Saint-Etienne forward within the 19th minute, after PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye misplaced the ball close to the penalty space.
It was the 100th league objective Hamouma has been concerned in, with 57 objectives 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 in opposition to the woodwork.
Lyon completely dominated the primary half in opposition to Lens and Depay made the breakthrough within the 39th, when he latched onto a defense-splitting cross 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 slipshod personal objective from defender Steven Fortes.
Maxwell Cornet was then fouled within the field when put clear by means of by the spectacular Paqueta, and Depay transformed his sixth penalty of the marketing campaign from a brief run up within the 52nd.
Florian Sotoca pulled a advantageous objective again with a roller into the highest proper nook, and Cheick Doucoure ensured a nervy end with a late second objective for Lens.
“Everybody thought it was going to be a simple win for us, however I used to be nervous this may be a tough sport,” Lyon coach Rudi Garcia mentioned. “However our unbeaten run continues and I congratulate the gamers for that.”
In northern France, Lille was 2-Zero down after 11 minutes in opposition to Angers, with midfielder Romain Thomas grabbing each, earlier than veteran Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz pulled one again within the 41st.
Marseille might now assume twice about sending winger Nemanja Radonjic out on mortgage as deliberate.
He made essentially the most of a uncommon begin when he headed in Florian Thauvin’s cross near halftime.
Montpellier is among the league’s greatest away sides and midfielder Florent Mollet made it 1-1.
However Marseille’s substitutes made the distinction as playmaker Dimitri Payet — surprisingly left on the bench — and Valere Germain netted within the final 10 minutes.
Though Marseille is in fifth place, it has performed two video games fewer than the highest 4 sides.
Raymond Domenech’s first match accountable for Nantes resulted in a 0-Zero draw at house to fourth-place Rennes.
Domenech is teaching once more after a decade away.
His France tenure ended with your complete taking part in squad happening 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 means of 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-Zero win in opposition to last-place Nimes.
Additionally, it was: Brest 2, Good 0; Metz 0, Bordeaux 0, and Reims 0, Dijon 0.