- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

PARIS (AP) - Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain wasted chances in the first half and fell apart in the second as it lost 2-0 away to Toulouse on Friday.

The early signs are worrying for Spanish coach Unai Emery, who has lost twice in seven league games since replacing Laurent Blanc this summer.

Despite leading PSG to back-to-back domestic trebles, Blanc was fired after PSG again failed to get past the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.

Emery was hired after guiding Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles with a team focused on hard work and catching teams out on the break.

But his methods are taking time to gel and he has grabbed more headlines for dropping winger Hatem Ben Arfa - a player he signed - for the past four games.

The scenes of joy were unbridled in the Toulouse dressing room as television images showed coach Pascal Dupraz hugging club president Olivier Sadran while the players sang loudly nearby.

“We just beat PSG,” Dupraz said. “We need to continue playing like this. It’s great.”

It has been some turnaround for Toulouse, which was anchored to the bottom of the table last season before Dupraz came in and saved the club.

Toulouse stayed up after winning 3-2 on the final day of last season, whereas PSG coasted to a fourth straight title by 31 points.

Midfielder Yann Bodiger, who scored the winner that kept Toulouse up, netted from the penalty spot in the 48th minute after PSG right back Serge Aurier was sent off for hauling back Sweden forward Ola Toivonen.

Aurier had been shown a yellow card for an earlier infringement on 17-year-old goalkeeper Alban Lafont, who made two brilliant saves from striker Edinson Cavani in the first half and denied winger Angel Di Maria after the break.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, PSG midfielder Thiago Motta - lucky not to be sent off after shoving an opponent to the ground moments earlier - made a terrible mistake as his back pass landed straight to Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz, who advanced to goal and slotted into the bottom corner.

PSG’s defeat was more significant due to the large number of young players in the Toulouse side.

Not least Lafont, whose remarkable point-blank save from Cavani in the first left the Uruguay striker shaking his head in disbelief.

“This season might be more difficult,” said PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who made it clear he wanted to leave the club during the summer transfer window. “But it’s a long season and we will see what happens in the future.”

PSG dropped to third place ahead of this weekend’s matches, one point behind Toulouse and leader Nice, which has played a game less.

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