Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance to match the Ligue 1 record of 14 consecutive league victories against the very holders of that feat themselves Bordeaux last Friday night.
Girondins with 10-men were able to salvage a 2-2 draw thanks to a monumental mistake by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. The German has come under scrutiny because of this over the weekend where he apologised post-match. His failure to stop Whabi Khazri from dispossessing him allowed the Algerian to equalise with just over 10 minutes remaining. After the game Trapp said in the mixed zone; “It’s a shame, I’m sorry for the team and I want to apologise. I’ll think about this all evening and how it happened, but it’s over. From now on, I have to refocus”.
Angel di Maria made his full debut in Parisian blow, showing signs of what he is going to bring to the party. And Layvin Kurzawa came on to make his bow with a quarter of the game remaining after Maxwell picked up a knock. The Brazilian should be OK though for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Malmo.
In the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani stole the show. His brace looked to be enough to give us that record equalling victory up until Trapp’s error. He showed great instinct to capitalise on goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso’s dropping of the ball before controlling superbly and finishing with aplomb. His second came seven minutes later in the 34th minute direct from a freekick.
That was a crazy period in the game as FCGB equalised to make it 1-1 just before that. Trapp was beaten at his near post by Henri Saivet’s header. The new number one was also criticised for not keeping this out which I felt was harsh. Perhaps he could have done better but had someone been marking the near post, it could have been cleared.
Saivet was dismissed for a second bookable offence minutes before Khazri netted the equaliser in the 79th minute. Paris were unable to retrieve the lead and the game ended 2-2.
It would have been nice to set another record but who can complain after the start we’ve had? Coach Laurent Blanc said post-match; “It wasn’t the most spectacular match, even if there were plenty of chances – don’t forget there were four goals. But as a supporter and coach of Paris Saint-Germain, I found my side a little approximate – that’s the word – across the park, in attack and in defence, with a goal conceded from a set piece. Then there was an individual error which cost us the victory. But I think even if we had won, my analysis would be the same. We could have won this match and we didn’t do it. Bordeaux’s courage was rewarded. Now we have to move on, after we analyse the reasons for this draw. The next game will arrive very quickly with the Champions League on Tuesday; another competition, with another opponent. And we will need to be a lot of focused and rigorous against Malmo”.