Lyon own goal double maintains 100 per cent start for Emery's men

Paris Saint-Germain needed two big slices of fortune to see off a determined Lyon side and continue their perfect start.

PSG will hope to continue its seemingly unstoppable march when it visits Montpellier next weekend.   -  AP

Two late own goals helped Paris Saint-Germain maintain its 100 per cent record in Ligue 1 with a hard fought 2-0 win over Lyon at the Parc des Princes. 

The host was some way off its free-flowing best, with its vaunted attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani struggling to break down a stubborn Lyon backline for much of Sunday's encounter. 

Lyon's resistance was finally broken with 15 minutes remaining when Marcelo got the final touch to Cavani's flick to score an unfortunate own goal.

Cavani then saw a penalty brilliantly saved by Anthony Lopes before another own goal - this time from Jeremy Morel - added an undeserved gloss to the scoreline four minutes from time. 

Lyon was left to rue its luck at either end of the field, having seen Tanguy NDombele's thunderous second-half effort cannon against the crossbar at 0-0.

PSG will hope to continue its seemingly unstoppable march when it visits Montpellier next weekend, while Lyon will hope to bounce back from its first league defeat of the season when it hosts Dijon.

Lyon looked sharp in the early stages and had a penalty appeal rejected after five minutes when NDombele went down awkwardly under pressure from Layvin Kurzawa.

The visitor threatened again shortly afterwards when Memphis Depay cut inside from the left, but his powerful drive was well gathered by Alphonse Areola.

The attacking verve that PSG so effortlessly demonstrated in the 5-0 Champions League win over Celtic in midweek was absent in the early stages, but it nearly broke the deadlock when Thiago Silva met Neymar's low cross. The Brazilian defender could only skew his shot over the bar, though.

For much of the half, the Parisians struggled to penetrate Lyon's resolute backline. On one of the rare occasions that they did, Neymar's strike from the edge of the area was too close to Lopes, who comfortably parried it away.

The first opening of the second period went Lyon's way. Nabil Fekir won the ball on PSG's right touchline before bursting into the area, where his low shot was pushed out for a corner by Areola. 

Fekir was in the thick of the action soon after when he unceremoniously hauled down Neymar on the edge of the area after a surging run. From the resulting free-kick, Lopes did well to push away Neymar's shot, which looked destined for the top corner. 

Lyon came agonisingly close to taking the lead after 67 minutes, when NDombele's drive from 30 yards crashed back off the woodwork.

It then squandered a golden opportunity to score when Marcelo headed straight at Areola from Ferland Mendy's teasing free-kick.

It was made to pay for that miss in the 75th minute as PSG took the lead. Substitute Giovani Lo Celso did well to create space on the left and his cross was met by Cavani, whose backheel attempt was deflected in by the unfortunate Marcelo. 

Cavani, who seemingly won an argument with Neymar over who should take the spot-kick after Mendy had manhandled Mbappe in the area, missed the opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet as Lopes superbly tipped his penalty onto the bar.

But Lyon was dealt a cruel blow as Mbappe's shot bounced back off Lopes onto the onrushing Morel, who could do nothing to prevent the ball rolling into an empty net to cement PSG's win.

 

Key Opta stats:

- Paris Saint-Germain has lost only two of its last 15 Ligue 1 games against Lyon (W9 D4).
- PSG is unbeaten in its last 10 home games against Lyon in Ligue 1 (W8 D2).
- PSG has won its first six games of a Ligue 1 season for the first time ever. The last team to have done so in the French top flight was Marseille in 2012-13.
- Lyon has won only one of its last four Ligue 1 games (D2 L1) after winning five of its previous six (D1).
- PSG has benefited from three own goals in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.