Shoved by Guingamp, PSG escaped with a draw thanks to Edinson Cavani
It was almost a surprise to finish this 35th day of Ligue 1: a superb goal from Blas and a Briand achievement have long led Guingamp to lead. But a double of Cavani has put the PSG on the right path. For a draw in the end (2-2).
Guingamp walked on PSG in the first half
The Paris Saint-Germain had never been so hustled in his garden this season. Guingamp had come to the Parc des Princes with fangs against a Parisian team that seemed completely demobilized. In the first fifteen minutes, the Costarmoricains created the first chances but Jimmy Briand (6th, 14th) and Étienne Didot (7th) did not fit. Antoine Kombouaré’s team had a fire in their legs and gave almost no respite to the defense of PSG. The latter managed to resist the Breton offensives. Thiago Silva pushed back the deadline by saving Nicolas Bénézet’s shot (22 ‘) and Giovani Lo Celso blocked Briand’s attempt (27’). In the wake, Didot’s shot was slightly deflected by Marcus Thuram on the post of an Alphonse Areola who seemed beaten (29th). An outrageous domination that was finally rewarded before the break. On a final corner, Edinson Cavani sent back the ball badly, Ludovic Blas came out and sent a splendid shot in the skylight of the eighteen meters (0-1, 45th). A jewel to conclude a first Breton period of beauty. PSG had conceded eighteen shots in just forty-five minutes, a first for twelve years! Guingamp even allowed himself to dream by scoring the second goal in the second act. If they were less sharp, the visitors threw a counter lightning: Clément Grenier tore to recover the ball and launched Bénézet right side, the latter shifted to Briand who slipped the leather between the legs of Areola (2-0, 68th). The Parisians were sounded, the Guingampais euphoric.
Paris has long been off-topic
It is rare to see Paris offer so little spectacle to its audience. But this Sunday night, Paris players were next to the plate. It’s simple, they did not frame any of their five attempts in the first act, including those of Giovani Lo Celso (15th) and Layvin Kurzawa (39th, 42nd). After a first insipid period, the champions of France were led to scoring and returned to the locker room under the whistles of their supporters. After the break, the reaction was slow. Javier Pastore’s entry in the place of Julian Draxler (51st) seemed to give a new breath to a team lacking inspiration. The accelerations of Kylian Mbappé were not decisive and Angel Di Maria performed a very disappointing performance. The first one was missing his recovery while he was alone at the penalty spot (65 ‘). Paris then seemed to be heading for a defeat at Parc des Princes, a first since the arrival of Unai Emery – who announced his departure late this week – on the bench of the club of the capital …Shoved by Guingamp, PSG escaped with a draw thanks to Edinson Cavani
Cavani rang the revolt, the Guingampese regrets
Paris then went to Edinson Cavani, his scorer, to reverse the situation. The referee sanctioned a tackle from Briand on Lo Celso – who was off the surface – a penalty. Ideal for a PSG who could not find the solution in the defense guingampaise. The Uruguayan international was not asked to change it (1-2, 76th). The last quarter of an hour was hellish for the Bretons who gave in the last ten minutes. Entered under the branch of the Park in the place of Di Maria, Thomas Meunier delivered a perfect center on the head of Cavani, still him, which allowed the PSG to equalize (2-2, 83e). A doubled for the striker who scored his 115th goal in the Championship in the Parisian jersey and exceeded Zlatan Ibrahimovic (113) in the ranking of the best Paris scorers in L1. Paris could have snatched the victory in the last moments but the defense costarmoricaine repelled their attempts. A paradox for a Breton team who had made a very good match (21 shots) but finally conceded the draw. The European dream is moving away for Guingamp (11th, 46 points). Very disappointing, the PSG loses its first points of the season at home and will not perform a faultless at the Park. The European dream is moving away for Guingamp (11th, 46 points). Very disappointing, the PSG loses its first points of the season at home and will not perform a faultless at the Park. The European dream is moving away for Guingamp (11th, 46 points). Very disappointing, the PSG loses its first points of the season at home and will not perform a faultless at the Park. Shoved by Guingamp, PSG escaped with a draw thanks to Edinson Cavani