Ligue 1 leader PSG stunned by Dijon

Paris Saint-Germain led Dijon through a Kylian Mbappe strike, yet goals either side of half-time earned the Ligue 1 strugglers a 2-1 win.

Published : Nov 02, 2019 09:49 IST

Jhonder Cadiz celebrates his goal during Dijon's stunning 2-1 win over PSG in the Ligue 1 on Friday.
Jhonder Cadiz celebrates his goal during Dijon's stunning 2-1 win over PSG in the Ligue 1 on Friday.

Jhonder Cadiz celebrates his goal during Dijon's stunning 2-1 win over PSG in the Ligue 1 on Friday.

Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Dijon in Friday's clash at Stade Gaston Gerard.

The home side had never previously beaten PSG in eight top-flight attempts and it appeared the game would run true to form when it found itself a goal down through Kylian Mbappe's clinical strike.

But Thomas Tuchel's side was guilty of coasting when in front and was made to pay by strikes from Mounir Chouiar and Jhonder Cadiz either side of half-time. PSG twice hit the frame of the goal and missed a glut of late chances as it went in search of a leveller that did not arrive, meaning just a third loss of the season in all competitions.

Despite an 18-point deficit between the teams prior to kick-off, bottom club Dijon started the match brightly and tested Keylor Navas through efforts from Julio Tavares and Cadiz.

However, Mbappe gave the visitor the lead against the run of play, delicately lifting the ball over Alfred Gomis after being put in the clear by Angel Di Maria.


But PSG struggled to get going and was pegged back on the brink of half-time, Navas spilling Didier Ndong's low cross into the path of Chouiar for a close-range finish.

Picking up from where it left off, Dijon scored a second 103 seconds into the second half, Cadiz turning Marquinhos before firing the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Navas.

Di Maria squandered two good opportunities to draw PSG level and Mauro Icardi guided a header against the crossbar from six yards. Leandro Paredes also hit a post with a drive through a sea of bodies but, despite the introduction of Edinson Cavani, there was no way through a resolute Dijon defence.

What does it mean? PSG believes its own hype

PSG had won four league games in a row prior to this match, scoring exactly four times in each of the last three. However, the side simply did not turn up today, albeit it is still eight points clear of Nantes, which travels to Bordeaux on Sunday.

Cadiz causes chaos

Tuchel will be furious with the manner of both Dijon goals, with the second particularly preventable.

Cadiz was allowed to get a shot away inside the box unchallenged for what proved to be the winner - one of three attempts on target he managed across the game.

A game to forget for Navas

PSG was looking comfortable as half-time approached, only for Navas to spill a routine cross to gift Chouiar a goal and Dijon a route back into the match. The former Real Madrid keeper was then let down by his defenders for the second, though he hardly covered himself in glory with his attempt to keep out Cadiz's low shot.

Key Opta facts

- As well as its first top-flight win, Dijon also scored two goals against PSG for the first time in a Ligue 1 game.
- PSG lost its first game against a team ranked last in the table prior to kick-off since April 2010 (0-4 against Grenoble).
- Thomas Tuchel's squad has scored in each of their last 25 away league games, only Sedan (32 between 1957 and 1959) and Rennes (26 between 2017 and 2019) have gone on longer such runs.
- Jhonder Cadiz became the fifth player from Venezuela to score in Ligue 1 over the past 50 seasons, though the first since Oswaldo Vizcarrondo in January 2015.
- Kylian Mbappe has scored 25 goals in Ligue 1 in 2019, no other player has done better in the top 5 European leagues (level with Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski). 

What's next?

PSG hosts Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday and returns to Ligue 1 action with a trip to Brest on Saturday, the same day Dijon - which has moved off the foot of the table - travels to Monaco.

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