Girondins Bordeaux 1-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Paris Saint-Germain dropped their first points in six Ligue 1 games as they drew 1-1 away to Bordeaux at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
The Parisians had the opportunity to go five points clear at the top but were pegged back by Yoan Gouffran’s equaliser after Mohamed Sissoko had put them in front.
The game started with a tentative approach by both teams. There was no real penetration from either side to force the issue and were happy to allow each other to have the ball.
Sissoko of all people opened the scoring in the ninth minute, four minutes after being booked for a lunging tackle. Nene’s corner bounced in the penalty area causing confusion to the FCGB defence allowing the Malian international to use his awareness and steer it into the net via his head.
However, PSG’s joy was to be short-lived as minutes later the hosts got their equaliser. Benoit Tremoulinas provided a delicious ball from the left into the box which was met by Gouffran to power home with his head into the bottom right-hand corner. Siaka Tiene simply got outmuscled in the air by Bordeaux’s top goalscorer.
Proceedings after that settled immensely. Both goalkeepers were left as mere spectators for large quantities of the half, although Salvatore Sirigu produced a picturesque save to deny Jaroslav Plasil from distance with his left hand. Cedric Carrasso also needed to be on his toes to parry away Nene’s swerving effort after Javier Pastore orchestrated a near clinical counter-attack thanks to one of his vintage runs through the middle.
It was more of the same after the interval. Two minutes in, Nene was denied in the penalty area by a superbly timed last ditch sliding tackle from Marc Planus to the frustration of the Brazilian.
Chances were very few and far between but Mamadou Sakho almost guided the ball into his own net via Nicolas Maurice-Belay’s driven cross with 20 minutes to go.
A few half chances followed as Sakho, again involved, was unable to generate the necessary power to head home a Nene cross, nor could substitute Anthony Modeste find the accuracy to steer Ben Khalfallah’s teasing cross goalwards with his head.
The game petered out and subsequently ended in a stalemate. It was pretty evident that Antoine Kombouare’s side were content to settle for a point. It would have been interesting to see had title rivals Lille beat Evian last night, would there have been more urgency for the win?
Nevertheless, this is still a good point away from home and the Coach will be delighted with the discipline his players shown. The hoodoo at the Stade Chaban Delmas continues with just one win in 23 but the sight of being three points clear at the top – still – will compensate for that.