1-1 draw against Valenciennes

Since 1994, Paris Saint-Germain has been waiting for a league title. From the result of yesterdays game PSG have to wait at least another week. The setback, 1-1, at home against Valenciennes makes the battle for the first postion in the league lives on.

The home meeting against Valenciennes was supposed to give PSG nine-point lead over Marseille with just three rounds remaining of the French league. Thanks to superior goal difference Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his teammates in principle were able to start celebrating league victory if they would have won in Sunday’s home game.

Instead, they only managed to rescue a draw in what was becoming a real splendor fiasco. The team was also heckled by the fans after the final whistle. PSG dominated the meeting in total but  Valenciennes Gael Danic scored already in the 17 minute, and a highly dubious red card for Thiago Silva just before half time meant that PSG was in trouble. Silva went to the judge in connection with a kick and touched the referee, which resulted in that the judge gave Thiago Silva the red card.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic


By then, PSG had a couple of sharp chances, Silva had nicely played the ball to Zlatan who lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper but then chose to kicking the ball to the Argentine Lavezzi. He did not manage to take control of the opportunity. Despite the red card PSG dominated the match in the second half. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a great chance in the 73rd minute but his shot from outside the goal area missed. In the 83rd minute Alex could score the equalizer. PSG went for a victory goal but had to settle for a draw.

The risk is now that a decision is delayed further. Next weekend PSG is playing in the league against third-place Lyon in a difficult away game while second placed Marseille face Toulouse and can keep the league alive further. Very little, however, suggests that league victory to go past the PSG. PSG has however in the second to last round left to face the jumbo team Brest..

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