Sessegnon steals point for Paris
Stéphane Sessegnon popped up four minutes into injury time to snatch a draw for troubled Paris Saint-Germain at Lens, after Sébastien Roudet's strike had looked set to hand the hosts all three points.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
RC Lens / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 1
Record home defeats to their bitter rivals and supporter in-fighting have left Paris Saint-Germain in crisis, and they faced Lens at a hostile Stade Bollaert looking for a positive result after a week of negative headlines.
With visiting supporters unable to officially obtain tickets for the match, a partisan crowd of over 35,000 provided a superb atmosphere for a game between two clubs currently languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Lens lost their last Ligue 1 outing at Toulouse, but they had won their last four home games, and fired an early warning shot when Apoula Edel had to be alert to deny Issam Jemaa.
Sessegnon was Paris' biggest threat in the opening period, and after having a deflected shot saved by Vedran Runje, the Benin international winger crossed for Mevlut Erding only for the Turk's header to rebound to safety off the bar.
Roudet rouses home fans
The visitors' defence was looking fragile, and Lens took advantage of indecision in the PSG penalty box to open the scoring midway through the second period. PSG had several opportunities to clear before a Yohan Demont cross ended up at the feet of Roudet, and the 28-year-old midfielder fired a low left-footed shot through a crowd and into the net.
Many observers may have expected the PSG players' heads to drop, but to their credit, they pushed forward in search of an equaliser.
Zoumana Camara was unlucky to see an acrobatic effort disallowed for offside with five minutes remaining, but the visitors finally got a reward for their perseverance four minutes into injury time.
Sessegnon to the rescue
Younousse Sankharé, on for Ludovic Giuly, saw his free-kick kept out by a combination of Runje and the crossbar, but Sessegnon pounced to stab in the rebound with practically the last kick of the game to stun the home fans and give under-fire PSG coach Antoine Kombouaré a much-needed tonic.