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October 27, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard — Saint-Ètienne
Referee:‬ R. Buquet‎
Attendance:‬ 32807‎
 
Top of the Match
Benjamin Corgnet
Benjamin Corgnet
AS Saint-Etienne
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Flop of the Match
Marquinhos
Marquinhos
Paris Saint-Germain
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain

Saint-Etienne 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Matuidi saves Parisiens from first defeat

Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma put the hosts into the lead but the Parisiens responded via Edinson Cavani and a stoppage-time goal from the midfielder

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Blaise Matuidi saved Paris Saint-Germain from the jaws of their first defeat of 2013-14 with a stoppage-time equaliser to make it 2-2 at Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

Having not suffered defeat in any competition since a 1-0 loss to Reims back in March - their only blight of any kind being a penalty shoot-out reverse in the Coupe de France against Evian - Laurent Blanc's men were expected to continue their Ligue 1 title assault with some ease.

But they were made to dig deep to extend their sequence, with Matuidi proving the last-gasp hero.

A lively start from the hosts was rewarded with a goal from Benjamin Corgnet after 18 minutes, before Romain Hamouma took advantage of some comical defending to strike just after the break.

Fabien Lemoine controversially saw red just before the hour mark, before PSG roared back.

Edinson Cavani gave them hope with 68th-minute strike, before Matuidi's injury-time leveller - which Cavani celebrated as though he had been the one with the last touch - saved Blanc's men from an embarrassing defeat.

Saint-Etienne were without experienced defender Jonathan Brison, while Mevlut Erding took his place on the bench after returning from injury.

Club captain Thiago Silva joined Christophe Jallet and Javier Pastore on the sidelines for PSG after failing to recover from a thigh injury, while midfield pair Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta returned from suspension.

Saint-Etienne took four points off PSG last season, and they created the first chance within the opening 10 minutes.

Faouzi Ghoulam broke free down the left-hand side before pulling back to Brandao on the edge of the area, but the Brazilian could not keep his shot down.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cavani came into the match with 19 goals between them this season, but they struggled to assert any sort of early authority.

The hosts began to press themselves, and they were rewarded for their lively start after 18 minutes when a mistake by Marquinhos allowed Hamouma to get in behind the defence and square to Corgnet, who lashed his shot past Salvatore Sirigu.

Matuidi nearly restored parity two minutes later, powering a deflected effort just wide of the post.

The home side almost doubled their advantage in spectacular circumstances just after the half-hour mark, when Lemoine's dipping long-range volley came back off the crossbar.

But they did grab a second after 51 minutes thanks to an embarrassing catalogue of errors in the PSG defence.

Francois Clerc's whipped cross was spilled by Sirigu, before ricocheting off Marquinhos and into the path of Hamouma, who guided the ball home.

PSG were given a boost soon after though, when Lemoine was controversially shown a second yellow card for a challenge with Ezequiel Lavezzi, despite replays suggesting that the PSG man may have caught him with an elbow.

The visitors made their numerical advantage count just three minutes later when Maxwell found Cavani in the six-yard box to tap home.

And just as it looked as though PSG were set for a rare loss, Matuidi's ball into the box eluded everyone and found its way into the net with Cavani and Ibrahimovic in close attendance.


AS Saint-Etienne

16
Stéphane Ruffier
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Kurt Zouma
Defender
4.00
13
Faouzi Ghoulam
Defender
3.00
24
Loïc Perrin
Midfielder
73′
4.00
29
François Clerc
Defender
3.00
6
Jérémy Clément
Midfielder
3.00
11
Benjamin Corgnet
Midfielder
18′ 63′
4.50
18
Fabien Lemoine
Midfielder
38′ 59′
2.50
21
Romain Hamouma
Midfielder
18′ 51′
4.00
9
Brandao
Striker
8′ 77′
3.00
26
Yohann Mollo
Striker
67′
3.50

Paris Saint-Germain

2.00
30
1.00
15
Marquinhos
Defender
2.00
33
Alex
Defender
29′ 63′
2.50
17
Maxwell
Defender
43′ 68′
2.50
23
2.50
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
3.00
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
93′
2.50
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
77′
3.00
9
3.00
10
2.00
21

Substitutes

30
Jessy Moulin
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
M. Bayal
Defender
2.50
10
Renaud Cohade
Midfielder
 - 
5
Franck Tabanou
Midfielder
77′
3.00
31
 - 
7
3.00
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
 - 
6
 - 
3
Lucas Digne
Defender
2.50
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
63′ 69′
2.50
31
Adrien Rabiot
Midfielder
77′
2.50
-
Lucas
Midfielder
63′ 93′
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1