PARIS (AFP) - The future of Paris St Germain coach Paul Le Guen could become a big talking point in the French first division this week after Nice added to the club's growing list of defeats.
Nice won the match 2-1, as PSG - who have been on form away from home this campaign but, bizarrely, been unable to win at the Parc des Princes - slipped one place further down to third from bottom.
Fellow strugglers Auxerre moved one place in the other direction after they turned on the home form to down Le Mans 3-0.
As Lyon warmed up for a key Champions League clash against Barcelona, PSG's first away defeat of the season means they are wondering whether they will make it out of the relegation zone in time for Christmas.
Nice took a deserved 1-0 lead inside the quarter hour as veteran striker Lilian Laslandes took advantage of a slack PSG defence to meet a probing cross from the left with a diving header.
Le Guen has a new policy of giving some of the younger members of his squad a chance, and he must have been smiling when the efforts of David Ngog, 18, provided a well-deserved equaliser in the 32nd minute.
But PSG were playing catch-up after Baky Kone finished off a fine individual run through the PSG defence to beat Mickael Landreau on 37 minutes.
After the interval PSG battled hard and were unlucky to have a goal disallowed, although replays would suggest that Zoumana Camara's touch on Ceara's freekick was not offside as was ruled by the referee.
On Saturday six-time champions Lyon bounced back from their humbling defeat to Marseille last time out with a commanding 2-0 win away to Rennes.
But four days ahead of a crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona, Lyon are sweating over the fitness of influential striker Karim Benzema who limped off injured shortly after the restart.
After their defeat to Marseille a fortnight ago Lyon got back to winning ways through Brazilian Juninho and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Juninho's skills as a dead ball specialist were put to use after just five minutes, but it was from the penalty spot, and not from one of his trademark 30-yard free kicks, that he opened his account.
Ben Arfa added a goal in the 24th minute after a fine individual display in which he dribbled his way past Rod Fanni and Guillaume Borne before blasting the ball past Simon Pouplin.
Lyon's 11th win in 15 matches means they have a three-point lead over Nancy, who put some space between themselves and third placed Bordeaux by beating Lille 2-0 and seeing Bordeaux demolished.
Bordeaux are still in third, but woke up Sunday with a vintage hangover after their 5-0 humbling at league new boys Caen.
Caen will be buoyed by this performance, which was inevitably helped by the double sending off of Bordeaux pair Mathieu Chalme and Marc Planus.
Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud admitted it was a night to forget.
"We want to forget that as soon as possible. Let's just say we won't be reflecting on it over the New Year festivities," he said.
Former European champions Marseille meanwhile continued their bid for domestic respectability with a 3-1 win over basement side Metz.
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