Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot woeful as Paris Saint-Germain streak ends
Paris Saint-Germain's unbeaten run stretching 36 Ligue 1 games is no more after Laurent Blanc's men went down 2-1 to a brilliant Olympique Lyonnais side at Parc OL on Sunday.
The French champions were second best from the first minute until the last and Bruno Genesio's hosts were thoroughly deserving of their victory.
Maxwell Cornet and Sergi Darder scored two beautiful goals for Les Gones in the first half, but the truth is that OL could -- and perhaps should -- have scored more against a hideously off-colour PSG.
Javier Pastore's introduction at the start of the second half sparked some improvement, resulting in Lucas Moura quickly halving the deficit, but that boost was short-lived and too many of Les Parisiens' star names failed to turn up.
Lyon deserve great credit though. The home side wanted it more than the men from the capital and they produced some sublime football at times -- despite missing a whole host of regular starting players.
For PSG, their unbeaten run in Le Championnat may be over -- just shy of a full year since their last league defeat away at Bordeaux -- but they are still just a few games away from securing a fourth consecutive title.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Kevin Trapp, 6 -- Had it not been for the German goalkeeper, PSG may well have conceded four or five in Lyon. The 25-year-old made a few superb saves -- notably one to deny Rachid Ghezzal in the second half -- and was left little chance on either goal by his defence.
DF Gregory van der Wiel, 3 -- Like many of his teammates, it was a match to forget for the Netherlands international. The 28-year-old should have done better on Cornet's opener and he struggled for the rest of the match after that, picking up a second half booking.
DF Thiago Silva, 3 -- It was an uncharacteristically poor performance from the captain. The Brazilian struggled to control his defence as thoroughly as he usually does and his own individual display was far below his usual high standards. Although Thiago Motta could have helped him avoid it, the 31-year-old was made to look foolish for Darder's superb goal.
DF David Luiz, 3 -- Sunday was a night to forget for the entire PSG back line. With Silva struggling, Luiz failed to step up and, consequently, the Ligue 1 leaders were torn apart time and again in defence by a hungry Lyon side.
DF Maxwell, 4 -- The best of a bad bunch from the rearguard, but the veteran Brazilian's showing was still far below his usual standards. However, he did make some important interventions that helped to avoid further embarrassment.
MF Thiago Motta, 3 -- A disappointing display from the Italian, who was lucky not to be sent off after just 22 minutes for a barely disguised punch on Jordan Ferri. A shadow of his usual self without Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi alongside him, the 33-year-old was devoid of any positive influence.
MF Benjamin Stambouli, 3 -- Withdrawn after just 45 minutes, the Frenchman had another game to forget. The combination of the 25-year-old, Motta and Adrien Rabiot does not work and should not be repeated if at all possible.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 2 -- Although he remained on the pitch for 77 minutes, the France Under-21 international could have made way for Javier Pastore at half-time instead of Stambouli. The 20-year-old helped to snuff out one Lyon chance in the second half, but other than that was not good enough and also got booked.
FW Lucas Moura, 4 -- The Brazil international was one of the brighter performers on the night for PSG. However, it was still not the finest of displays from the 23-year-old. Lucas took his goal well early in the second half and made some good runs, but was unable to really influence the game and picked up a needless yellow card.
FW Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 4 -- It was a rare off night for the super Swede, yet he still could have finished with a goal. The 34-year-old drew a good low save out of Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes in the first half, while he had a goal ruled out in the second for a debatable offside.
FW Edinson Cavani, 2 -- After appearing to have turned the corner against Chelsea and Stade de Reims, the Uruguay international was back to familiarly disappointing form. In a match of few chances for PSG, El Matador was responsible for a number of potential opportunities failing to come to fruition. The 29-year-old also picked up a second half booking.
MF Javier Pastore, 6 -- Introduced at half-time in place of the underwhelming Stambouli, it took the Argentina international six minutes to do more than the Frenchman had managed in 45. El Flaco played a key role in the build-up to Lucas' goal and gave PSG the injection of creativity they needed. It was a shame that was as good as it got for the South American and his teammates.
MF Blaise Matuidi, N/R -- Introduced in place of Rabiot after 77 minutes, it was already too late for the France international to do much about the result. The 28-year-old's inability to start after sustaining a minor knock during the week hampered a midfield already lacking Verratti further.
Jonathan Johnson is based in Paris and the voice of PSG TV. He also writes for French Football Weekly. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.