Late goals leave honours even in the capital
Mateja Kezman's late strike (90'+2) looked to have secured all three points for PSG against Valenciennes, but Fahid Ben Khalfallah's reply a minute later rescued the 2-2 draw that keeps Philippe Montanier's side in tenth place.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / Valenciennes FC : 2 - 2
After claiming the French Cup on Saturday, PSG coach Antoine Kombouaré’s next mission was to get a win against Valenciennes, one spot and three points above 11th-placed PSG on the Ligue 1 table, with a view to converting the capital club’s late-season comeback by finishing in the top ten.
VA weren’t about to make it easy for their former boss however, and Philippe Montanier’s side twice levelled the scores against PSG, to prove that they too refuse to prove that they won’t let up despite having little more than pride left to play for as the season draws to a close.
Paris looked every bit the side that will be taking on some of the best teams on the continent in the Europa League next season as they completely dominated the first half, taking a deserved lead through top-scorer Mevlut Erding just before the half-hour mark.
A 14th for Erding
Just as in the French Cup final, it was captain Claude Makelele who created the goal, playing Erding through the VA defence with a sublime long pass. The Turkey international made no mistake one-on-one with Nicolas Penneteau, cleanly slotting home his 14th of the season (29’).
Valenciennes made amends early in the second half however, Gaël Danic creating two chances before left-back Gaëtan Bong made the most of Zoumana Camara’s failed attempt to clear David Ducourtioux’s cross by slotting the equaliser home between the legs of Edel (58’).
Injury-time goal rush
Spurred on by the goal, Montanier’s side showed the kind of form that saw them beat Bordeaux 2-0 last Wednesday night as they dominated proceedings but it was substitute Mateja Kezman who popped up deep into injury time to score what seemed to be a certain match-winner (90’+2).
Not to be outdone by their direct rivals for a top-ten finish, Valenciennes struck back with a dramatic equaliser a minute later to maintain their three-point lead over the men from the capital.
The excellent Grégory Pujol, scorer against Bordeaux, produced an impressive burst of pace down the left to leave the Parisian defence in the dust before crossing for Tunisian international Fahid Ben Khalfallah, who fired into the empty net (90’+3).