PSG fail to earn Braga-ing rights

UEFA Europa League


Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Cup campaign is in the balance after they failed to break down a stubborn Braga side at the Parc des Princes on Thursday.

Perhaps with Sunday's 'classico' encounter with Marseille in mind, Paul Le Guen resisted the temptation to name a full-strength side as Guillaume Hoarau, Ludovic Giuly and Mickaël Landreau all started on the bench.

Landreau's replacement, Apoula Edima Edel, was called upon to prevent Braga's Renteria giving the visitors a vital away goal as PSG, who had won six of their last seven league games, failed to spark in front of their home fans.

Jérôme Rothen came closest when he struck an upright in the second-half, which saw Mateja Kezman jeered onto the pitch by the PSG fans as he made his first appearance at the Parc since his infamous shirt-throwing incident during his side's League Cup semi-final defeat to Bordeaux last month.

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