The defending Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), suffered their first defeat of the season in a thrilling match against OGC Nice at Parc des Princes. Nice surprised football fans worldwide with a dramatic 3-2 victory.
The Sunday match became a global football spectacle, mainly because PSG had been dominant at the start of the season, recording three consecutive wins. However, Nice proved to be a formidable opponent.
Nice opened the scoring just eight minutes into the game through Antoine Griezmann. This early goal shook the home team, unaccustomed to trailing on the scoreboard. PSG, however, responded quickly, with two goals from their star, Kylian Mbappé, within 20 minutes, giving them a 2-1 lead before the end of the first half.
As the second half began, Nice showed no signs of letting up. They continued to attack with determination and managed to equalize through Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in the 63rd minute. Nice kept up the pressure, and three minutes later, Vincent Koziello scored the winning goal with a spectacular long-range shot.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged that the match provided a valuable lesson for his team. He stated, “This is an important experience for us. We need to learn from this defeat and work hard to return to our best form. The season is still long, and we must stay focused.”
Meanwhile, Nice coach Patrick Vieira was immensely proud of his team’s performance. “This is a big win for us. The players worked hard and played with high spirits. We know PSG is a great team, but we were not afraid. We will continue to work hard and give our best,” he said with a happy smile.
While this defeat may be a setback for PSG, it also highlights that the competition in Ligue 1 this season will be highly competitive. Nice has proven that they are a serious threat to the defending champions, promising an exciting battle among the top teams for the remainder of the season.