Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge of Paris Saint-Germain ended at 1–1 at St. Etienne on Wednesday as Leander Leon scored three points to beat Lens 3–2 at home.
Lyon scored an unbeaten 15 matches with Memphis Depe scoring twice, but PSG still finished second on goal difference as Lille suffered a 2–1 defeat to Angers.
“I’m disappointed. We are PSG and we wanted to win,” Pochettino said, adding that Thomas Tuchel was removed after being fired late last month. “That’s not the result we wanted.”
Pochettino’s tenure turned into a poor start when veteran winger Romain Hamouma put Saint-Etienne ahead in the 19th minute, after PSG midfielder Idrissa Guey lost the ball near the penalty area.
It was the 100th league goal Hamauma has scored, including 57 goals and 43 assists.
Striker Moise Keane equalized immediately after being picked by midfielder Marco Veratti.
Keane then shot over the bar for 20 minutes, shortly after Saint-िनेtienne striker Denis Bunga led the woodwork.
Lyon fully dominated the first half against Lens and Depp was successful in the 39th when he captured a defense-splitting pass from midfielder Lucas Paqueta and was confident.
It took Lyon less than a minute to double his lead after the break, when a cross from Leo Dubois’s right scored a clumsy goal from defender Steven Fortes.
Maxwell Cornet was then fouled in the box when a sweep by the influential Pacqueta, and Depey converted his sixth penalty of the campaign in the 52nd.
Florian Sotoka pulled back a fine goal with a curler in the top right corner, and Cheik Dacoure ensured a nerve end with a second late goal for Lanes.
Lyon coach Rudy Garcia said, “Everyone thought it would be an easy win for us, but I worried that it would be a tough game.” “But our unbeaten run continues and I congratulate the players for this.”
In northern France, Lille were down 2–0 after 11 minutes against Angers, with midfielder Romain Thomas holding both before Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz pulled one back in the 41st.
Marseille can now think twice that winger Nemanja Radonczyk was sent on loan as planned.
He made a rare start when he surpassed nearly half of Florian Thuvin’s stature.
Montpellier is one of the league’s best away sides and midfielder Florent Mollett equaled it 1–1.
But Marseille’s substitute made the difference as playwright Dmitry Pate – surprisingly left on the bench – and Valer Germain netted the last 10 minutes.
Although Marseille sit fifth, he has played two games less than the top four sides.
Raymond Dominech’s first match in charge of the Nantes drew 0–0 to put Rens in fourth place.
Domenek is coaching again after a decade.
His French tenure ended with a full squad to go on a training ground strike at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in protest against teammates Nicolas Anelka being sent home.
Alexander Golovin came off the bench and finished sixth straight as Monaco struggled with Lorient, winning 5–2.
The skilled Russian midfielder who had been out since September with a thigh injury struck midway with a fine curling shot from outside the penalty area after a corner during the second half.
Striker Ludovic Ajorke scored twice in Strasbourg’s 5–0 win against the finalists at Nims.
Also, it was: Brest 2, Good 0; Metz 0, Bordeaux 0, and Rheims 0, Design 0.
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