Nene rescues PSG in Lorient
Brazilian maestro Nene pounced in the 90th to salvage a 1-1 draw for PSG despite their having dominated the match after Lynel Kitambala had put Lorient ahead in the 31st minute.
PSG had their top-scorer Nene to thank for the goal that it seemed would never come as Fabien Audard took everything that a dominant Parisian side threw at him after Kitambala’s opener just after the half-hour mark.
The Brazilian’s seventh of the campaign came just in time as Mathieu Bodmer laid off Siaka Tiéné’s long free kick in the 90th minute, Nene calmly controlling the ball before beating the excellent Audard with an angled shot (90’).
Now with just one loss in their last 15 matches in all competitions, PSG are on a high but it could have turned out differently against a Lorient side who themselves have found form of late just two losses in their last seven outings.
Lorient strike first
PSG’s confidence was evident right from the kick-off, but it was Lorient, literally at home on the synthetic surface of the Stade du Moustoir, who made the break against the run of play when Alaixys Romao dummied a corner that flew through for an unmarked Kitambala to finish calmly at the far post (31’).
Going behind only caused the visitors to redouble their efforts, Nene, Clément Chantôme, Bodmer and Guillaume Horau all seeming set to notch the equaliser but all meeting with the vigilance of a scintillating Audard.
After hitting the bar with a delightful lob in the opening stages, Lorient’s top scorer Kévin Gameiro continued to threaten to widen the gap but bad luck - and excellent Grégory Coupet, in the PSG goals in the place of Apoula Edel - denied him.
Doubtless Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff will be ruing the missed chances that allowed Nene’s last-gasp strike to count for so much, but after a superb game of fluid attacking football such as this, neither coach will have too many complaints for their players.
The draw sees Paris slip one place to fourth while Lorient descend one rung to tenth place.