PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain failed to equal the record for their longest unbeaten run in France's top flight as they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away to Evian yesterday.
Youngster Clarck Nsikulu put Evian in front at the end of a counterattack with 15 minutes remaining in freezing Annecy, and on-loan Marseille winger Modou Sougou made sure of the win for the home side when he added another in the 87th minute.
That goal came just seconds after Javier Pastore had missed a glorious chance to bring the defending champions level, and the result ends PSG's unbeaten record under Laurent Blanc.
Indeed, the capital club's sequence of Ligue 1 matches without defeat ends at 26, one short of the club record set in their title-winning 1993-94 campaign.
And their overall run without losing in all competitions ends at 36 matches, also one short of the club record.
However, that sequence does not include a defeat to Evian on penalties in the quarter-finals of the French Cup last season, and now the club from the shadow of the Alps can claim to be PSG's bogey side.
"This win is marvellous for all our fans, the whole region. I have to congratulate my players," said Evian coach Pascal Dupraz, who nevertheless admitted his frustration that his side were unable to produce such performances on a regular basis.
Blanc's side are now just a single point clear of Lille at the top of the table, with the northern side having beaten Marseille 1-0 on Tuesday, with Nolan Roux scoring a stoppage-time winner as Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama kept his 11th consecutive clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Monaco are just one point further behind in third after they won 3-0 away to Nice in Cote d'Azur on Tuesday.