Hatem Ben Arfa and Yacine Adli teamed up on Saturday to deny the old Paris Saint-Germain club victory over Bordeaux.
For the second week running, Paris Saint-Germain lost points from a leading spot as Bordeaux reclaimed a 2-2 tie at the Parc des Princes.
PSG crashed from two goals to loss in their previous Ligue 1 match at Monaco and again struggled to make the best of an opportunity after Neymar had turned the game in their favor on Saturday.
The reigning champions trailed to the own 10th-minute goal of debutant Timothee Pembele, but Neymar matched a penalty he won himself in his 58th appearance for his 50th Ligue 1 shot – a landmark of the 21st century – and then had a hand in the quick second of Moise Kean.
The hand of Thomas Tuchel was secure before Yacine Adli, a 20-year-old PSG academy alum, took Bordeaux back level less than two minutes after his debut, delivering another early blow in their title defense to the capital club.
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With victory at Saint-Etienne on Sunday, second-placed Lille will now climb level on points at the summit, possibly sensing an opening as PSG stumbles from one blunder to the next.
The headed own goal of Pembele from the corner of Hatem Ben Arfa, unfairly conceded by Presnel Kimpembe, set the stage for the anarchy that was to come.
Following wonderful work by Rafinha, Benoit Costil saved well from Alessandro Florenzi, but Neymar outwitted the goalkeeper from 12 yards after the Brazilian powerhouse took possession of Ben Arfa, tempted a trip from Otavio and successfully applied for a VAR check.
Just 65 seconds later, PSG was in front as Costil spilled Neymar’s shot clumsily and Kean rifled in the rebound.
Before Sergio Rico got down to a Mehdi Zerkane attempt at the other end, Costil was more persuasive as he turned Kylian Mbappe’s finish over and created an even better save moments later to support an effort from the same man to the post.
Shortly after the restart, an elegant Mbappe backheel was called out for offside and PSG was forced to pay when Adli shaped a perfect finish from Ben Arfa’s square ball inside the right-hand post.
Ben Arfa looked determined to further shake his former side, sending replacement Nicolas de Preville clear to see a shot saved, but ultimately had to settle for a score that was a much better outcome for his new bosses.