Lille OSC 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Lucas Moura
Paris Saint-Germain missed the opportunity to go top of the table last night after a 1-1 draw away to Lille. Edinson Cavani’s first-half goal was cancelled out by – of all people – a fellow teammate. Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was credited an own goal after failing to deal with David Rozehnal’s header. The former PSG defender would have savoured that one along with all those affiliated with Les Dogues as they earned a valuable point.
In the process, they ended ours. That magnificent run of nine consecutive victories came to an end but the unbeaten run continues. It is disappointing not to leapfrog our bitter rivals Marseille but a point against a resolute LOSC side is a good one.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic rested, Cavani undertook the duty through the middle as Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi provided support from out wide. Marco Verratti started from the bench but the full-backs Maxwell and Gregory Van der Wiel were reintroduced after sitting out last weekend’s victory at home to Nice.
The game started off incredibly with the hosts very nearly taking the lead within 30-seconds. On-loan Liverpool front man Divock Origi sidestepped both David Luiz and Thiago Silva before scuffing a shot towards goal which Sirigu did well to save. He then got straight back up to palm out Marvin Martin’s effort and was then beaten by Florent Balmont who rattled the woodwork. The Italian stopper was superb with his reactions and we got the rub of the green as the veteran Balmont failed to find the net.
After that we controlled the first-half. Many of the chances that were created came via white Parisien shirts. Our interplay was excellent and there were a couple of instances that back that up. Firstly the two Argentines Lavezzi and Javier Pastore linked up beautifully to tee up Lucas but the number 7’s shot towards the bottom left-hand corner was denied by Vincent Enyeama’s palms. Secondly, a lovely give and go from Lavezzi to Maxwell allowed the Brazilian to cut the ball back for Cavani but the Uruguayan fluffed his lines and fired ball wide. To not at least hit the target was extremely poor by Edi’s standards.
He made no mistake a few moments later though. Lucas – who was man of the match in my opinion from a PSG perspective – showed real tenacity to win the ball. He jinked his way forward, laid the ball out to the right for Lavezzi whose ball across goal was met by his former Napoli teammate. Really good play from the champions but Lucas was fundamental in the build-up.
We were comfortable then. Maybe our foot was taken off the gas too soon and that ultimately cost us as we were undone by a corner. Rozehnal’s header was too much for SS and he inadvertently turned the ball into his own net via the post.
Straight after the interval, the home side went close as they did from the first kick-off but this time Sirigu’s legs came to the rescue to prevent Jonathan Delaplace’s effort.
Minutes later Lucas nearly scored one of the goals of the season, only to be denied by the crossbar. Pace, power, quick feet. The little Brazilian beat four red shirts and the imposing Enyeama. Unfortunately the woodwork came to Lille’s aid.
They were the better side in truth as the game wore on. More chances were created than us as we struggled to conjure up an anything clear cut. Van der Wiel did whip a teasing ball into the far post for Cavani. Unfortunately the striker was unable to get enough contact to beat the impressive Enyeama.
So in the end it finished 1-1. It’s a decent point. Of course the disappointment is there at not going top but it is not the end of the world.
Nantes are up next at the weekend before that MASSIVE clash in Catalonia.