Battling Bordeaux deny PSG top spot
Paris Saint-Germain missed the opportunity to go back to the top of the Ligue 1 table when they were held 1-1 at home by Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti's men had seen Montpellier Hérault SC ease ahead of them in the table with victory on Saturday, and PSG proved unable to get the win which would have restored their two-point cushion at the top. It could have been worse but for Guillaume Hoarau levelling four minutes after Cheick Tidiane Diabaté had given Bordeaux a 77th-minute lead at the Parc des Princes, leaving PSG in second place on goal difference.
Bordeaux had scored at least once in their last seven competitive meetings with PSG, and they should have extended that run as early as the third minute. The hosts' defence failed to clear Benoît Trémoulinas' cross, and the ball dropped invitingly for Jaroslav Plasil - the left-footed Czech international had to hit it with his right, however, and did not connect cleanly.
For all their attacking talent, PSG struggled to make much impact on the visiting defence, for whom Henrique was particularly solid. The Brazilian centre-back dealt with a testing Nene free-kick before Guillaume Hoarau could pounce, and then beat Nene to a promising Christophe Jallet cross.
When Henrique and his team-mates were caught out at a set-piece, Alex's poor finishing ensured parity was maintained. The burly defender should have scored when a Nene free-kick found him unmarked in the box, but he inexplicably headed across the face of Cédric Carrasso's goal.
Bordeaux's best moments came with the raiding Trémoulinas down the left. The highly-rated defender has had his problems this season, but looks to be recapturing his best form, and he created his team's first clear-cut opportunity, dragging the ball back from the by-line for Plasil, whose low sidefooted effort brought a good stop from Salvatore Sirigu.
No doubt stirred into action by Ancelotti at the break, PSG's expensively-assembled side began to show just why so much money had been spent on bringing them to the Parc des Princes after the restart. Javier Pastore fizzed a shot just over before Momo Sissoko brought an excellent flying stop from Carrasso. The Bordeaux 'keeper's anticipation then allowed him to deal comfortably with what had initially looked a promising Nene free-kick.
Bordeaux, though, were unruffled. Plasil struck the bar with a shot after being teed up by Nicolas Maurice-Belay, and the former Sochaux man also started the move that led to Diabaté putting the visitors ahead. Latching onto Ludovic Obraniak's pass, Maurice-Belay squared for Diabaté to slip the ball into the net with the PSG defence pulled out of position.
The prospect of a first defeat in 14 league matches spurred PSG on, and they did not allow Bordeaux the chance to enjoy their advantage for long. Brought on in place of Sissoko, Mathieu Bodmer added extra invention to the side, and his backheel allowed Hoarau to crash a shot beyond Carrasso. Diabaté might have snatched it for the visitors in the closing minutes, but Sirigu again stood firm to maintain his team's unbeaten run.