PSG failed to overcome the relegation strugglers in an exciting match that saw four goals and two red cards
The prospect of Paris Saint-Germain finishing in the top three places in Ligue 1 and therefore claiming a place in next season’s Champions League has suffered a setback after they failed to overcome Nancy in a 2-2 draw.
In a rollercoaster of a fixture, Mevlut Erding gave the hosts the lead in the early stages, but Nancy appeared to have the upper hand when Christophe Jallet was dismissed and Landry N’Guemo scored from the spot. Nevertheless, PSG deservedly led at half-time thanks to a Zoumana Camara strike, but they’d be pegged back by Youssouf Hadji after the interval. Both sides finished with 10 when Reynald Lemaitre was dismissed in the latter stages, but there would be no further scoring.
After a bright performance at the weekend, Erding continued his improved run of form after only four minutes at the Parc des Princes. Play was shifted out to the right hand side of the field, where Ludovic Giuly aimed an unerring cross for the Turkey international to send a header into the net.
Nancy had given a good account of themselves against title hopefuls Lille at the weekend and were unflustered by this negative start, drawing level after a period of territorial domination and going a man up as Jallet was dismissed for his foul on Julien Feret in the box. N’Guemo ensured full punishment was exacted on the hosts.
Though Gregory Coupet would be quickly required to make a very sharp save from Bakaye Traore, it would in fact be the home side who finished the opening period the stronger of the two teams.
A shot off the post from Nene was the warning shot, but on the stroke of the interval Antoine Kombouare’s men took an unlikely lead when centre-back Camara found himself clear on goal, converting in the manner of a cold-blooded striker.
The struggling visitors failed to make much of an impression in the minutes following the break, and again it was PSG who were the more threatening outfit. Indeed, just after the hour mark, Hoarau came within the width of the post of doubling the home side’s lead, but the framework of the goal kept Pablo Correa’s side in the game.
Already the fiery Uruguayan coach had made a change, introducing Hadji, and it would prove to be a successful gamble as the Moroccan got his head to a Pascal Berenguer cross, deviating the ball by Coupet.
From that position, Nancy looked favourites to win the match, but only three minutes later Lemaitre would be shown a second yellow card.
Nene thought he had snatched all three points for the Coupe de France finalists, but with little over 10 minutes remaining, his effort was wrongly disallowed for offside. The Brazilian would then smash a shot just over, while Coupet’s glove denied Hadji finding the net with a late lob.
A point certainly suited the visitors more than the hosts, who will appreciate that they are odd-against of overhauling Lyon into third after this tie. Nancy, however, still have much work to do to avoid relegation.