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Ligue 1

  • September 21, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: R. Buquet
  • • Attendance: 45428

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Lyon: Umtiti adds to pressure on Blanc

The visitor snagged a draw on a late goal to put more pressure on the PSG manager.

Samuel Umtiti's late strike rescued a 1-1 draw for Lyon at Ligue 1 champion PSG, adding to the pressure on Laurent Blanc.

Umtiti was on hand seven minutes from time to score with a deflected shot, restoring parity after Edinson Cavani's first-half header to add to the home side's indifferent form.

Despite its unbeaten opening to the campaign, a run of three consecutive draws in all competitions is likely to lead to further speculation surrounding Blanc's position at the club, with fans growing increasingly frustrated at a perceived sluggish start to the club's title defense and European competition.

Blanc's men were given a good contest by visiting Lyon, which threatened to make a breakthrough before Umtiti's strike before halftime when Arnold Mvuemba's free kick cannoned back off the woodwork.

The host thought it had earned a win at the death when Marco Verratti headed home, but the Italian's effort was ruled out for an earlier foul. 

Despite Blanc facing criticism in the build-up to this match, he would have been pleased with his side's early efforts at the Parc des Princes. The host had an appeal for a penalty turned down after 12 minutes, when Blaise Matuidi's cross appeared to come off the arm of Bakary Kone, before Yohan Cabaye latched onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic's flick-on inside the box and fired wide.

Lyon, which made just one change from its surprise win against Monaco last week, struggled to get out of its own half and found itself behind after 21 minutes.

A teasing cross from Lucas Digne on the left found Cavani at the far post, who diverted an expert header beyond the reach of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Alexandre Lacazette nearly responded for the visitor on 25 minutes, but drilled harmlessly wide, before Mvuemba rattled the crossbar five minutes later with a curling free kick from just outside the box.

Cavani spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to double his tally eight minutes before the break, firing high and wide after an onrushing Lopes fluffed his punch during an aerial collision with Ibrahimovic.

Matuidi diverted an angled volley wide nine minutes into the second half, but the hosts seemed happy to simply keep possession as the period progressed, although the home faithful will have been pleased to see the return of midfielder Thiago Motta, who came off the bench on 65 minutes to a predictably warm ovation.

And he nearly helped to add a second within five minutes of his return, dinking in a lovely ball for Cavani, whose header across goal was nodded towards his own net by Umtiti, forcing an impressive save from Lopes.

Umtiti recovered from the uncertainty to strike the crucial blow with six minutes left. PSG totally failed to clear a corner and the France Under-21 defender's scuffed effort deflected off Serge Aurier and past a helpless Salvatore Sirigu.

Corentin Tolisso wasted a golden opportunity to snatch a win for Lyon and Verratti found the net, but Lucas Moura had blatantly impeded Lopes. The final whistle was greeted by jeers from the crowd and Blanc now requires a strong response from his side when it visits Caen in midweek.