All square between Paris and Lens
Lens came away from the French capital with a valuable point after holding Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in a frenetic four-minute spell in the second-half.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / RC Lens : 1 - 1
The result leaves Lens still in the wrong half of the table while PSG will feel frustrated at their failure to convert their dominance into goals. The hosts had 65 percent of possession in the first-half and their five shots were four more than Lens managed.
Huff and puff
Yet despite all their huff and puff, Paris struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the first 45 minutes. Perhaps the nearest they came was on 30 minutes when a free-kick from Christophe Jallet was met by PSG’s Turkish striker Mevlut Erding but he couldn’t get any purchase to direct the ball goal-bound.
PSG’s Stéphane Sessegnon started the second period looking like a man on a mission as he tried to galvanise his teammates. Then, on 54 minutes, Péguy Luyindula, went down in the box under a heavy Lens tackle and claimed a penalty but referee Vileo waved away Luyindula’s protestations.
Finally the goal did come for PSG, and from a most unlikely source. On 69 minutes PSG skipper Claude Makelele exchanged a neat one-two with Erding before pushing the ball beyond Runje in the Lens goal for the opening score. Astonishingly, it was Makelele’s first league in France since scoring for Marseille in the 1997-98 season.
Unfortunately for Makelele he didn’t have long to celebrate as back came Lens immediately with a goal four minutes later. Roudet crossed from the left and Toifilou Maoulida had time to control the ball with his chest before beating Edel for the equaliser.
The result leaves PSG in ninth spot on 26 points with an awkward trip to Rennes awaiting them on Saturday.