Rodelin masterminds Caen escape
Ronny Rodelin scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for SM Caen at the Parc des Princes as a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain secured the Normandy club's survival.
Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 1 SM Caen
Certain to finish second behind champions AS Monaco, there was nothing concrete at stake for PSG in their final game of the campaign at the Parc des Princes. However, they did have a Coupe de France final against Angers SCO next weekend to prepare for, while Maxwell was making his final home appearance for the club and Edinson Cavani was looking for the goal that would take him to 50 for the season. Meanwhile Giovani Lo Celso was finally given his first start since his arrival from Rosario Central in January.
Things were rather more serious for Caen, who started the day only a point above the bottom three and needed a win to be sure of avoiding relegation. Jonathan Delaplace was not far away from giving them an early lead but his effort was saved by Kevin Trapp and PSG opened the scoring in the 13th minute as Cavani cut the ball back for Adrien Rabiot, who swept in a low first-time effort that took Rémy Vercoutre in the away goal completely by surprise.
Rodelin penalty saved
Cavani almost reached his half-century early in the second half but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Syam Ben Youssef, meaning Caen were still in the game. They were gifted a chance to draw level with 16 minutes left when Presnel Kimpembe was deemed to have fouled Delaplace in the area, but Rodelin saw his spot-kick saved by Trapp.
Nevertheless, Rodelin more than made up for that when he equalised a minute into added time, stealing in front of Maxwell to convert a left-wing cross from close range. Javier Pastore headed onto the roof of the net as Caen held on - the draw allowed them to finish a point above FC Lorient, who go into the play-off after drawing 1-1 at home to Girondins de Bordeaux, and two points clear of the automatic relegation places.
THE PLAYER: Ronny Rodelin
What a night it was for the leggy former LOSC player, who missed a penalty before delivering Caen with his ninth league goal of an excellent season.
THE STAT: 35
Edinson Cavani was unable to add to his 35 goals for the season, although he ends comfortably as the division's leading marksman. He has 49 in all competitions, with one game still to come, next weekend's Coupe de France final against Angers.