Frau saves PSG
A Pierre-Alain Frau goal three minutes from time hands PSG a precious point at the Parc des Princes as the capital club come back from a goal down to record yet another draw.
Sunday 26, 2007
Parc des Princes
A Pierre-Alain Frau goal three minutes from time handed PSG a precious draw at home to Lille on Sunday afternoon, the former Sochaux and Lyon forward cancelling out Jean II Makoun's first-half header.
PSG started strongly and could have had the ball in the back of the net after just sixty seconds with an effort from Pauleta, the Portuguese forward forcing LOSC 'keeper Tony Sylva to tip round for a corner. Of all the players looking for a goal, the capital side's veteran forward was most keen being four strikes behind the club record of 100 held by Dominique Rocheteau.
However, as the first-half dragged on, neither side managed to carve out a real chance in front of goal with Landreau and Sylva rarely troubled. Lille's captain Grégory Tafforeau was carried off after 31 minutes following a nasty collision with Bernard Mendy but PSG failed to take advantage of the visitors' loss.
Indeed the departure of their captain galvanised Lille who, after a smart strike from Ludovic Obraniak, took the lead three minutes before the break. Jumping highest at an Obraniak free-kick Jean II Makoun nodded the ball past Landreau for the opening goal.
Jean II Makoun celebrates his goal
Soon after the restart, les Dogues missed the chance of the game and the opportunity to kill the match off with Stéphane Dumont heading past an open goal from five metres. It was a ghastly miss and twenty minutes later Lille nearly paid a heavy price.
Brought down in the area, PSG's Amara Diané was awarded what seemed a generous penalty and Pauleta stepped up to take to spot-kick only to see his effort saved spectacularly by Sylva who tipped the ball wide for a corner.
It was a night of misses and Mendy came close to gifting Lille a second as his attempted header back to Landreau fell short and into the path of Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian though saved Mendy's blushes by blasting over.
With the match entering its last quarter it looked as though PSG had run out of ideas but a last-gasp effort from substitute Frau changed everything. With most of the possession and guilty of two misses Lille, despite their continued unbeaten run, will feel aggrieved at the way they threw away two precious points. For PSG, the draw signals their fourth stalemate of the season, a campaign which has still to see them win.