Made an excellent double-save in the first quarter of an hour, denying first Utaka and then Giroud. Looked confident when fielding crosses into the box, and is now being widely touted as PSG’s best signing of the QSI era to date. Left helpless as Belhanda levelled the game and was again exposed as Utaka struck.
Had a tough time dealing with the aerial threat of Giroud, but after a difficult start to the match he lifted the Parc des Princes with a free kick of fearsome power the deceive Jourdren with its movement. Never looked completely comfortable after the break and was taken off after receiving an accidental kick to the head.
Has looked at home in an unusual right-back role, but when forced to defend tonight he was given a torrid time by Montpellier, who seemed to pick him out as the weak link in the defence. After this settling in period, he coped better, but was taken from the field on a stretcher at the death.
Undoubtedly the left-back looked the most solid of PSG’s back line, not only appearing defensively sound, but offering an offensive threat at times too. Distributed the ball smartly and might even have snatched a late winner.
Positioned on the left side of Alex, the young Frenchman played more confidently than his new colleague, but a first-half yellow card for a thumping tackle on Camara left him walking a tightrope for the remainder of the game.
Initially given the most defensive role of the three central midfielders, the former Inter man would have hoped to have coped with the threat of Belhanda more effectively. Did make a handful of fine challenges, but looked more effective when he got forward more towards the end of the game.
The main relay runner between the midfield and the attack for PSG, this was his chance to impress with Bodmer injured. Needed to impose himself more on this fixture, though some of his defensive work was excellent.
Worked immensely hard in the centre of the park, getting forward at times to support the forwards, but more characteristically shutting space down for the visitors. Ineffective at the start of the game, and it was in the periods he was at his best that PSG also thrived. Booked for a foul on Utaka.
Wandered all over the field trying to find chinks in the Montpellier defence, but was inevitably shut down by the visiting defence. Didn’t have options to pass to, but was too ready to run down blind alleys instead of checking back. Showed why he is in the team by showing brilliant feet in the box late on to set up Hoarau’s levelling goal.
Finds his position under threat by the return of Pastore from injury, but continues to work hard at the summit of PSG’s team. Had their best first-half chances, but shot straight at Jourdren before hammering an effort narrowly over. Taken off after an hour.
Left completely flummoxed by Alex’s first-half free kick, which move viciously as it found its way into the net. Before then, the shot-stopper had only had a limited about of work to do, and he had little chance with Hoarau’s winner.
Showed strength when required, and generally went untroubled down his channel, with PSG tending to play rather narrowly. This suited the full-back, who was nevertheless careful not to push too far forward and leave gaps that could be exploited. Did lose position in a costly position once, but Bedimo swept up.
Stepped into the team to replace Benjamin Stambouli, the Brazilian used all his experience throughout, looking calm and composed. Happy to bring the ball forward out of the rearguard when required and defended strongly and confidently.
The left-back made an early mark on the game by whipping a trademark cross into the box after little only a minute. A constant thorn in PSG’s side, and his willingness to push forward wasn’t really exposed by the hosts, who didn’t have the players forward in attack to exploit his frequent absences.
Sucked in too tight on Nene as he conceded the free kick that led to Alex’s goal, which was a shame given that he had otherwise made a very positive start to the game. This typified his occasional naivety, but generally he gave a good account of himself.
Making his first start after returning from the Afcon, the destructive midfielder gave a mature performance, enhancing his status as a rising star. Controlled the game for long periods, dictating the tempo it was played at. Booked for a full-blooded challenge on Menez and was replaced late on.
The main creative presence in the Montpellier side, the young playmaker, who has been tipped to become better than Eden Hazard by president Louis Nicollin, was the man to provide the cutting edge in the final third. Released Utaka early on with a sumptuous pass, setting the tone for his evening, which produced a levelling goal with an unlikely header.
Deployed as the deep-lying playmaker, the Chilean’s set pieces were not at the standard that has become expected of him. After a positive start to the game, he found it increasingly difficult to have a positive influence as PSG’s midfield pressed more effectively and was ultimately replaced.
The first man on the field to offer a serious threat on goal, the Nigerian was stationed out on the left wing and linked well with Bedimo, though it was the defender that provided much of the real thrust down that flank. Nearly won a penalty at the outset of the second half and then scored the header that Montpellier thought had given them the points.
Preferred in attack to Remi Cabella, the Senegalese attacker struggled to justify his inclusion in the side as he was constantly stopped by Maxwell and made several simple technical errors.
Not just a goalscorer, the focal point of Montpellier’s attacking efforts won more than his share of ball in the air, particularly in the early stages, and brought those around him into the game well. Created Utaka’s goal to make it 2-1. It didn’t quite happen for him in front of goal, though, with Sirigu saving his best effort.
- 1 N. Douchez
- 22 S. Armand
Replaced the injured Alex with little over 15 minutes to play.
Given the last quarter of an hour and was lively.
- 20 C. Chantôme
Replaced Gameiro just after the hour mark and made his mark with the equalising goal, prodding home from close range.