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Rival Watch: Lyon hand PSG first league defeat of the season

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The French side play Barcelona in the Champions League

Olympique Lyonnais v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Group F Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Lyon handed Paris Saint-Germain a first Ligue 1 defeat of the season on Sunday night thanks to goals from Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir.

PSG took the lead in the match through Angel Di Maria, but the hosts hit back with goals from Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir.

Lyon certainly seem to enjoy playing PSG:

Barcelona will face Lyon later in February in the last 16 of the Champions League. They’ll play a team who is in a rich vein of form and have now gone 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas spoke after the game about how it was good preparation for his team’s clash with Barcelona.

“I really take my hat off to the team and to Bruno, who once again selected the right team. Playing with four attackers, as we did, it was ambitious to attack PSG and we made it difficult for them,” he said.

”It gives us great satisfaction to stay close to [second-placed] Lille and prepare for the Champions League match against Barcelona, which will be at a similar level.

”PSG looked a bit unnerved by the will and pressing of our players. We may have been thinking about getting closer to Barcelona. It’s all great. This is a moment of happiness.”

Source | FourFourTwo

The last team to beat Lyon were Rennes back at the start of December. Les Gones now have three matches before the first leg at home to Barcelona.

They play Guingamp in the Coupe de France on Thursday and then travel to Nice before hosting Guingamp again, this time in a league fixture.

Barcelona also have three more matches before the return of European competition. They take on Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey and then face Athletic Bilbao and Real Valladolid.