Paris Saint-Germain 4-2 Lyon: Fernando Marcal scores bizarre own goal as PSG restore 12 point lead at top of Ligue 1 despite scare
- Paris Saint-Germain survived a scare to secure a 4-2 victory at home to Lyon
- Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe scored before a Fernando Marcal own goal
- Marcal turned the ball into his own net after his team-mate’s failed clearance
- Lyon threatened a comeback as Martin Terrier and Moussa Dembele scored
- However, substitute Edinson Cavani scored to ensure victory for the hosts
- PSG were without Neymar, who missed the game because of a rib injury
Lyon defender Fernando Marcal scored a bizarre own goal as Paris Saint-Germain survived a scare to win 4-2 and restore their 12 point lead at the top of Ligue 1.
PSG had established a two-goal lead courtesy of efforts from Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe prior to Marcal’s own goal.
Marcal turned the ball into his own net after his team-mate attempted to clear the ball from a Julian Draxler cross but the ball ended up going back to Draxler and subsequently went in off Marcal.
Lyon defender Fernando Marcal scored a bizarre own goal in the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain
Lyon looked to have cleared the danger but the ball went back into the path of Julian Draxler
The ball ended up striking Marcal, who could only watch as he scored a comical own goal
Marcal’s own goal saw PSG extend their lead to 3-0 during the clash at the Parc des Princes
Angel Di Maria celebrates after his goal, scored in the 22nd minute, put PSG in the lead
Di Maria scored his eighth Ligue 1 goal of the season to put PSG in the ascendancy
And Marcal would have been wise to have stayed off social media in the aftermath of the defeat.
‘The worst own goal of the century,’ said on Twitter user, while another labelled it ‘one of the highlights of the game.’
Angel Di Maria cut back inside the area and beat Anthony Lopes with a low shot at the near post to put the hosts ahead in the 22nd minute.
Kylian Mbappe made it 2-0 seven minutes before halftime by flicking the ball past Lopes from Thomas Meunier’s cross.
It was a harsh reality check for Lyon, who had started the match with 16-year-old Rayan Cherki livening up proceedings on the right flank.
Marcal would have been wise to have stayed off social media in the aftermath of Lyon’s defeat
The prolific Kylian Mbappe doubled PSG’s lead as he scored in the 38th minute of the game
Mbappe was delighted after his goal made it 2-0 to PSG in their clash at home to Lyon
Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi and Di Maria celebrate after Fernando Marcal scored an own goal
Moussa Dembele (left) celebrates scoring Lyon’s second goal as they threatened a comeback
Lyon fell 3-0 behind two minutes into the second half in farcical fashion as Marcal sent the ball under the bar trying to clear Julian Draxler’s back pass in the area.
But the visitors did not give up and Terrier reduced the arrears with a low shot from just inside the box after being set up by Cherki.
Dembele pulled another one back by tapping home from Karl Toko Ekambi’s pass after the second-half substitute had outpaced Presnel Kimpembe.
But Cavani found the back of the net from Di Maria’s pass 11 minutes from time to wrap it up.
MATCH FACTS & LIGUE 1 TABLE
PSG: Navas; Meunier, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Verratti, Gueye; Di Maria (Paredes 85), Draxler (Sarabia 65); Icardi (Cavani 76), Mbappe
Subs: Bakker, Herrera, Rico, Kouassi
Goals: Di Maria 22, Mbappe 38, Marcal (o.g.) 47, Cavani 79
Lyon: Lopes; Rafael, Marcelo, Denayer, Marcal (Tete 56); Mendes, Tousart; Cherki (Ekambi 56), Aouar, Terrier (Traore 77); Dembele
Subs: Tatarusanu, Lucas, Caqueret, Andersen
Goals: Terrier 52, Dembele 59
Booked: Ekambi, Marcelo
Dembele further reduced the deficit just seven minutes after Martin Terrier had scored
However, substitute Edinson Cavani scored in the 79th minute to make sure of PSG’s victory