PSG slip up against Nancy
PSG's Champions League hopes took a blow as they let their lead slip to draw 2-2 with Nancy in a vibrantly attacking match - in which both sides had a player sent off - at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
Despite the fact that the match saw two players - Christophe Jallet (20) for PSG and Reynald Lemaître (71') for Nancy, it was far from an ill-tempered affair. Attacking football was the order of the day, 34 shots at goal, 11 of which were on target, making for a dramatic see-sawing affair.
Fourth-placed PSG were favourites to get the win over a Nancy side threatened with relegation after going six matches without a win, and the home side looked set to put the pressure on third-placed Lyon - who play a resurgent Auxerre side on Wednesday night - when they opened the scoring in the fourth minute.
Erding back on song
After going seven games without a goal, striker Mevlut Erding has rediscovered his touch in front of goal, a fact he made clear when he lost his man at the near post to head Ludovic Giuly's cross past Damien Grégorini (4').
Nancy, desperate to get back to winning ways to have a hope of staying in the top flight, were soon back on level terms when Landry N'Guemo blasted home from the spot after Jallet - who will miss the Coupe de France final against Lille on Saturday - saw red for a push on Julien Féret (21').
Whereas such a blow would have seen last season's PSG crumble, Antoine Kombouaré's men showed considerable courage and determination to stay in the match, Grégory Coupet saving from Bakaye Traoré (25') before club top scorer Nene hit the post with a fierce shot 11 minutes later.
And their hard work paid off in first-half stoppage time when centre-back Zoumana Camara, who had already tested Grégorini in the eighth minute, lingered in a forward position and duly hammered home Guillaume Hoarau's knock-down (45'+1) from a Nene cross to take a shock lead into the break.
The Brazilian was in fine form and almost put his side another goal to the good when Grégorini just got a finger-tip to his scud missile of a 35-metre free kick two minutes into the second term, but Pascal Bérenguer let the Parisians know that two could play at that game as he replied in kind minutes later (54').
Despite Hoarau's smashing a shot into the post (65'), it was Nancy who got the last goal of the game, Bérenguer turning in an inch-perfect cross for visiting captain Youssouf Hadji to blast past Coupet with a superb diving header (69').
The game took another turn when Lemaître received a second yellow card minutes later. With both sides down to ten men, the contest opened up and Nene came agonisingly close to nabbing a crucial winner - first when his superb lob over Grégorini was ruled out for off-side (79') and then when he hit the corner of the woodwork from a free kick with Grégorini beaten hands-down (84').
Hadji also had a shout for a late winner, pouncing on Camara's ill-advised header back to Coupet, but the Morocco international could only watch as his attempted lob bounce just wide (88').
Two points dropped
In the end, the draw was the logical result for such a thrilling and well-balanced contest, but it does little for either side. PSG could fall four points off third place should Lyon win on Wednesday, while Nancy missed a chance to climb out of the drop zone to provisional 15th place for a night at least.