Last-gasp Montpellier thwart PSG
An injury-time goal from Emir Spahic earned 10-man new boys Montpellier a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain on the opening day of the season.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Montpellier HSC / Paris Saint-Germain : - 1-1
The Stade de la Mosson was sold out for Montpellier's first top-flight game after five years in Ligue 2 and notable attendees included UEFA president Michel Platini, his LFP counterpart Frédéric Thiriez and former Montpellier star and Cameroon World Cup hero Roger Milla.
Montpellier quickly found their feet in the game, with Joris Marveaux shooting inches wide in the 18th minute, but they were dealt a hammer blow shortly after the half-hour mark when left-back Cyril Jeunechamp was sent off after picking up two bookings.
The sides exchanged chances early in the second period, with Souleymane Camara narrowly off-target with a header for the hosts before Stéphane Sessegnon shot wide from distance.
Late, late equaliser
Montpellier almost went ahead when Younes Belhanda curled a free-kick just wide, but in the 71st minute the PSG pressure finally told. Claude Makelele took aim from 35 yards and when Geoffrey Jourdren spilled his shot, Ludovic Giuly (pictured) was on hand to tuck the ball home.
A goal-line clearance from Sylvain Armand prevented Victor Hugo Montaño from equalising shortly afterwards but in the third minute of added time Bosnian defender Spahic rose to head home from a Karim Aït-Fana corner and send the home fans into raptures.