Paris Saint-Germain suffered its third defeat of the still-young Ligue 1 season on Friday, a 2-1 disaster away to previously last-place Dijon, once again putting manager Thomas Tuchel under increased pressure.

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Now, if only there was a club in a position to pounce upon PSG’s early-season struggles, their monopoly on the Ligue 1 title might actually be in jeopardy. Alas, even with defeats in exactly one-fourth of the season’s first 12 games, they enjoy an eight-point lead at the top. Nantes, Lille and Reims are the only clubs with a single-point deficit.

While French giants like Marseille, Monaco and Lyon would typically be waiting in the wings should PSG falter, those three clubs currently sit seventh, 11th and 13th in the league table, respectively, all at least 11 points off the leaders’ pace.

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PSG went ahead after 19 minutes, courtesy of Kylian Mbappe’s fifth league goal (in just seven appearances) of the season. They didn’t make it to halftime with the lead intact, however, as Mounir Chouiar pulled the hosts level in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time. PSG hardly recovered during the break, as they conceded less than two minutes into the second half, with Jhonder Cadiz scoring what turned out to be the winner.

After scoring twice on Friday, their 12th game of the season, Dijon have now scored seven goals on the season. The victory moves them out of the cellar and into 18th place, where they now occupy the relegation playoff place instead of an automatic relegation spot.



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