PSG miss chance to wrap up French title

Afp, Paris

9 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

PSG miss chance to wrap up French title

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer, left, celebrates with teammate after scoring a goal during their French L1 match against Strasbourg at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on Sunday. – AFP Photo

Paris Saint-Germain squandered the chance to clinch the Ligue 1 title in record-equalling time on Sunday after a 2-2 draw at home to Strasbourg, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s incredible miss from on the goal-line costing his team dear.

PSG were handed the opportunity to win their sixth French crown in seven seasons after second-placed Lille drew 1-1 at Reims earlier.

Choupo-Moting gave them an early lead with his third Ligue 1 goal, but later in the first half he somehow succeeded in turning a net-bound Christopher Nkunku shot onto the post while standing on the line.

Fresh from winning the League Cup last weekend, Strasbourg had equalised prior to Choupo-Moting’s howler when Nuno Da Costa turned in a Lionel Carole cross, and they found themselves 2-1 up in the 38th minute when Anthony Goncalves lashed home from 22 yards.

Kylian Mbappe came off the bench on the hour mark but it was another PSG substitute who made it 2-2 with eight minutes remaining. Julian Draxler sent in a corner from the right and Germany defender Thilo Kehrer headed home.

Cameroon international Choupo-Moting started with Mbappe rested and Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani all unfit — the latter watched from the stands sporting a beret.

Still a huge 20 points clear at the summit and with a game in hand, PSG will now hope to secure the eighth league title in their history when they go to Lille next weekend.

A point will be enough in that game, but PSG should have finished the job here — Choupo-Moting’s miss was one of the worst you are ever likely to see, while Dani Alves hit the bar after the break.

Earlier, Jose Fonte’s 56th-minute header had Lille on course to take all three points away to Reims, but substitute Remi Oudin’s 78th-minute leveller — initially ruled out for offside but then given after a VAR review — denied the visitors.

Lille are more concerned with holding off the teams below them as they look to secure second place, which provides automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage.

The draw at the Stade Auguste-Delaune moved them five points clear of third-placed Lyon, who slumped to a shock 3-1 loss at home to relegation-threatened Dijon on Saturday.

Fourth-placed Saint-Etienne drew 2-2 at Amiens on Saturday, while Marseille, in fifth, were beaten 2-0 at Bordeaux on Friday.

 


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