PSG clawed back by Racing

UEFA Europa League


Paris Saint-Germain blew a two-goal lead in Thursday night's UEFA Cup clash as Spanish side Racing Santander held the capital club to a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.

Paris coach Paul Le Guen made seven changes from the side that defeated Lyon in Week 15 of Ligue 1 last Saturday, replacing in-form strike pair Guillaume Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly with Mateja Kežman and Peguy Luyindula.

It was a move that was to pay dividends immediately with the Serbian striker inheriting a Luyindula pass in the area, before turning and firing a left-footed shot beyond Tono Rodriguez in the visitors goal after just six minutes.

PSG, looking to get their campaign back on track after their opening 3-1 defeat away to Schalke 04 extended their lead in the 32nd minute. The roles were reversed as Kežman slid an inch-perfect ball into the path of Luyindula whose angled left-foot shot gave Tono no chance.

However just minutes before half-time, Racing were offered a way back into the game when Sammy Traoré glanced a Pedro Munitis free-kick into his own net and ten minutes into the second-half the visitors were level when Gonzalo Colsa unleashed a stunning 30m drive that flew into the top corner of Mickaël Landreau's goal.

The introduction of Stéphane Sessegnon and Hoarau late on was unable to turn the tide of the match and the visitors almost returned to Spain with all three points thanks to Ezequiel Garay's stoppage time chance.

The result means PSG are now bottom of Group A with one point from two matches ahead of next week's match against table toppers Manchester City.

Paris Saint-Germain: Landreau; Ceará, Traoré, Sakho, Armand (c); Pancrate (Sessegnon 71), Bourillon, Sankharé (Makelele 65), Rothen (Hoarau 76); Luyindula, Kežman

Racing Santander: Tono; Valera, Garay, Cesar Navas, Marcano; Munitis (c), Colsa, Lacen (Luccin 66), Serrano; Pereira, Tchité (Goncalves 79)

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