Edinson Cavani saved a point for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday as the French League leaders slipped for the second time in a week with a hugely entertaining 1-1 draw at Strasbourg.
The Uruguayan striker fired home a 71st-minute penalty to maintain PSG’s unbeaten record after 16 games despite a disjointed performance without injured star attacker Neymar, equalizing Kenny Lala’s own spot-kick for the spirited hosts four minutes before the break.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s side, who also drew at Bordeaux at the weekend and started with-out Kylian Mbappe and Thiago of the rest after a night in France full of late goals, incident, and VAR.
Champions PSG is 14 points ahead of Lille, who moved second on Tuesday after beating Montpellier 1-0 and stayed there thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa and Jordan Siebatcheu leading Rennes to a 2-0 win at Lyon on Wednesday.
Bruno Genesio’s Lyon are fourth, 15 points behind PSG, while inconsistent Marseille are further two points back after a 3-2 defeat at Nantes.
Night of drama
The video assistant referees were involved in a series of key decisions on Wednesday, and it was VAR that helped Strasbourg take the lead over PSG, with referee Antony Gautier awarding Lala’s spot-kick a full four minutes after Thilo Kehrer handled Lionel Carole’s fizzing cross.
The half-time deficit led Tuchel to bring Mbappe off the bench, and it was France’s World Cup star who won the penalty that Cavani blasted past Matz Seals, Lala hacking the 19-year-old superstar down in the box.
PSG looked a different proposition to the sluggish team that slogged through the opening period, and Kehrer thought he had made amends after the break, only to see his header saved at point-blank range by Sels.
However, as the half wore on the away side ran out of ideas.
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