Depleted PSG begin title defense with defeat against newly promoted Lens

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A makeshift Paris St-Germain side began their Ligue 1 title defense with a surprise defeat against newly promoted Lens.

The match was in doubt after Champions League finalists PSG’s seven players, including super stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, were tested positive for coronavirus.

Neymar’s compatriot Marquinhos and Argentina internationals Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi were also absent for the visitors.

Lens took full advantage of the depleted champions as Ignatius Ganago punished goalkeeper Marcin Bulka’s error to net the only goal of the match which was played in front of 5,000 fans at Lens’ Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

PSG have won seven of the past eight top-flight titles including last season when the campaign was ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thomas Tuchel’s side finished 12 points clear at the top of the table.

They will host Marseille in the league on Sunday (20:00 BST) and must wait to see if any of the missing players will be available for selection