Paris - Paris Saint-Germain's end-of-season meltdown continued on Tuesday as
the Ligue 1 champions twice threw away the lead in a 3-2 defeat at
Montpellier, three days after dramatically losing the French Cup final.
Souleymane Camara netted Montpellier's winner five minutes from time
after Leandro Paredes was caught in possession on the edge of his own
Before that, Presnel Kimpembe's own goal had cancelled out an
Ambroise Oyongo own goal that had given PSG the lead. Angel Di Maria put
the visitors back in front, but Andy Delort made it 2-2 before Camara
sealed the points.
PSG wrapped up their sixth league title in seven seasons a week ago,
but this result means they have managed just one win in five league
games in April.
This latest defeat will increase the pressure on coach Thomas Tuchel,
whose future has been called into question in recent days with his
team's domestic slump following their humiliating Champions League exit
against Manchester United.
PSG threw away a two-goal lead in Saturday's French Cup final before
losing on penalties to Rennes. Kylian Mbappe was sent off in that game,
while Neymar later apologised after hitting a fan who taunted the
Brazilian as he went up to collect his runners-up medal.
Neymar started in Montpellier, but Mbappe was absent due to suspension.
When Cameroon defender Oyongo turned in Juan Bernat's low cross early on, it looked like PSG might get back to winning ways.
However, Montpellier equalised midway through the first half as
Damien Le Tallec's header from a Florent Mollet free-kick was turned
into his own net by Kimpembe, who had also scored an own goal in the Cup
The home side tested Gianluigi Buffon in the PSG goal on several
other occasions but it was the visitors who scored again just after the
A clearance by Montpellier's 41-year-old captain Vitorino Hilton came
back off Marquinhos and the ball fell to Di Maria, who cleverly dragged
the ball away from the diving Benjamin Lecomte and finished into an
Nevertheless, Montpellier drew level again 10 minutes from the end as
Mollet helped on a long throw-out by Lecomte, releasing Delort to run
through and beat Buffon.
Worse was to come for PSG, though.
Buffon rolled the ball out to Paredes on the edge of his own area,
but the Argentine dithered and was robbed, allowing substitute Camara to
gleefully fire into the net.
Despite this victory, Montpellier's chances of qualifying for the
Europa League remain slim as they sit five points adrift of
fourth-placed Saint-Etienne with four games left.