Point at Les Verts not enough for PSG
A Mathieu Bodmer penalty deep in second-half stoppage time earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne on Sunday as the club from the capital ended the season in fourth.
Antoine Kombouaré’s side knew they had to win at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and hope for good news from Lyon’s game at Monaco. However, as OL went in front on the principality, Joshua Guilavogui’s first Ligue 1 goal put Saint-Etienne ahead. Bodmer’s strike from the spot with seconds left after Jean-Eudes Maurice had been fouled by Carlos Bocanegra was purely academic as Lyon’s win at Monaco meant PSG had already missed out on Champions League football.
Playing in his 299th and final Ligue 1 game, Claude Makelele should have been beyond schoolboy errors, but the former French international almost gifted the hosts an early goal. However, after the alert Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had robbed the PSG midfielder, Dimitri Payet wastefully spurned the opportunity.
With Aubameyang particularly lively, Saint-Etienne made most of the early running before the visitors finally responded. Jessy Moulin had to turn away Mevlut Erding’s improvised effort on goal before Christophe Jallet’s free-kick found Ludovic Giuly, who brought a superb save from Les Verts’ second-choice 'keeper. There may even have been a maiden Ligue 1 goal for Neeskens Kebano but for a spectacular block from Moustapha Bayal just before the break.
Saint-Etienne re-emerged the sharpest from the dressing-room, and only Sylvain Armand’s timely challenge denied Loïc Perrin a shooting opportunity while Aubameyang shot wide after the ball had dropped kindly for him in the box.
A poor Mamadou Sakho clearance then saw Alejandro Alonso feed Payet, whose first-time shot flew just wide of Grégory Coupet’s goal. Coupet was making his 467th Ligue 1 appearance, appropriately enough in the stadium and against the team where his career had started 17 years ago, but the hosts were in no mood to give their former player a happy send-off. Payet’s intelligent play saw him slip away from the PSG back four before finding Guilavogui, who squeezed a shot between Coupet and his near post.
PSG had seen their hopes of dictating their own destiny with regard to third place disappear with a four-game winless streak prior to kick-off. They appeared destined for a final-day defeat until Maurice, who had come off the bench to replace Kebano at half-time, was strongarmed by Bocanegra in the box, and Bodmer swept home from the spot.