Ligue 1: Edinson Cavani preserves Paris Saint-Germain’s unbeaten run with late strike against Strasbourg
Edinson Cavani scored late as Paris Saint-Germain dropped points for a second-consecutive time following the 1-1 draw against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.
The Uruguayan striker fired home a 71st-minute penalty to preserve PSG’s unbeaten record after 16 league games following Kenny Lala’s first-half goal from the spot. But after a record win of 14 games, this was the French champions’ second consecutive draw.
They remained on top with 44 points from 16 games, 14 ahead of the second-placed Lille who beat Montpellier 1-0 and with help from Rennes’ 2-0 victory over Lyon, moved to second in the table.
Back from their lacklustre 2-2 draw at Bordeaux, PSG, playing without the attacking trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Anger Di Maria, failed to test a side that has won just once in five games.
The visitors fell behind four minutes before half-time when Strasbourg were awarded a penalty for a Thilo Kehrer handball from a Lionel Carole cross. Referee Antony Gautier initially refuted the claims but signalled for the spot-kick after watching the incident on video review.
Right-back Kenny Lala then sent Alphonse Areola the wrong way to open the scoring for Strasbourg with his fourth goal of the season.
Down by a goal, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel was forced to bring on Mbappe and it was teenage World Cup winner, who earned the penalty in the 71st minute after he was brought down in the box by Lala. Cavani stepped up and blasted the net to level the scores for his side.
Kehrer then thought he had made amends for giving away the penalty earlier only to see his header saved at point-blank range by Metz Sels.
Substitute Adrien Thomasson then forced Areola into making a terrific save before nearly scoring the winner deep into injury-time when he headed home a Youssouf Fofana cross only to see the off-side raised that cancelled the goal.