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Paris Saint-Germain coach Ancelotti satisfied with a point against Montpellier

The Ligue 1 leaders appeared to be heading for defeat when John Utaka struck with eight minutes to go, but Guillaume Hoarau salvaged a share of the spoils for the hosts late on.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side's character after Sunday's 2-2 draw with title rivals Montpellier at Parc des Princes.

Former Chelsea defender Alex put the Ligue 1 leaders ahead with a thumping free kick, but Younes Belhanda leveled matters before John Utaka looked to have nicked all three points for the visitors when he netted with eight minutes remaining. Guillaume Hoarau popped up with a late equalizer for PSG, much to the delight of Ancelotti.

"It was a difficult match against a good team; very well organized," the Italian told reporters after the game in the French capital. "We encountered difficulties in building the play and in the recovery of the ball but, in the end, the hard work paid off.

PSG midfielder Nene also argued that the players deserved praise for salvaging a point from the top-of-the-table clash.

"We showed character," the Brazilian declared. "We refused to let go right until the end. Fortunately, we were able to score the second goal and I think it's a fair result."

The draw means that PSG remains one point ahead of Montpellier in the standings.

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