PSG third in Ligue 1 after Monaco defeat

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Days after routing Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain lost 2-0 at home to Monaco to fall back down to earth and into third place in the French Ligue 1.

Fourth-place Monaco were hardly troubled as they won for the ninth time in 10 games to move just two points behind defending champions PSG, who now trail Lyon by one point and league leaders Lille by four with 12 games left.

Monaco did the "double" on PSG following their 3-2 league win at home in late November.

Earlier on Sunday, Lille routed Lorient 4-1 to put the pressure firmly on PSG at Parc des Princes, where coach Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly left key midfielder Marco Verratti on the bench.

Verratti was outstanding in Tuesday night's 4-1 win at the Nou Camp, but PSG were already 2-0 down when he came on after 55 minutes.

Monaco's goals were scored early in each half as poor defending led to PSG's sixth defeat of the campaign - compared to three for Lyon and just two for Lille. PSG would be further behind if Lille and Lyon hadn't both drawn seven games each so far.

Midfielder Sofiane Diop was totally unmarked to head home from close range in the fifth minute. Five minutes after the break, defender Guillermo Maripan slotted the ball into the bottom right corner after Ander Herrera lost possession trying to pass from inside the penalty area.

"You have to congratulate Monaco, but we have to look at ourselves," Verratti told broadcaster Canal Plus.

"It's not just the Champions League where you have to give everything, you have to do it here as well.

"There are very good teams in France ... It's up to us to rise to the challenge."

Lille still have to play away at Lyon, PSG and Monaco but are looking strong.

Elsewhere, Lens jumped to fifth with a 2-1 home win against last-place Dijon.

Metz coach Frederic Antonetti celebrated his new three-year contract with a 2-1 win at Nice as his side moved into sixth place.

Montpellier beat Rennes 2-1, Nimes beat Bordeaux 2-0, and Strasbourg drew 0-0 with Angers.