It's added time, Paris have just seen Jouffre send a free-kick off the bar (90+1') and Matuidi comes to the fore. Matuidi the gladiator becomes Blaise the saviour. In a fraction of a second, the legs of the midfielder earned his team three points with the help of a Pastore pass (2-3, 90+3')! Paris, out of nowhere, remain in the title hunt with a finale that no-one could have predicted...

In the first half, Paris dominated play and laid siege to their opponents' goal. With 85% possession for Paris, Metz is rooted in their own final third and is threatened at every turn. They were opened up when Maxwell crossed and Cavani sent a powerful header into the net (0-1, 33')! El Matador, with 30 goals in Ligue 1, has now passed last season's total in the league. The Uruguayan had paved the way, and three minutes later, Maxwell provided another delightful ball, this time for Matuidi to give Paris breathing space (0-2, 36').

For his 50th match in charge of Paris, Unai Emery must have been loving it, but eventually Jouffre's curling free-kick brought Metz back into it (1-2, 78'). Diabaté then equalised to send Saint-Symphorien into raptures (2-2, 88'). In raptures, until Matuidi arrived eighth away win in a row in Ligue 1 — a club record — to take Paris level with Monaco and put four points between themselves and Nice.

The celebration matched the relief. By glancing in Pastore's cross, Matuidi gave the whole Paris squad reason to smile. The France international's third and fourth goals of the Ligue 1 season could be worth their weight in gold.

On Saturday, the reigning French champions will have the chance to go top of the table for the first time. The day before Nice and Monaco face away games in Toulouse and Lyon respectively, Paris will play host to Montpellier (17:00CEST). Should they win, Paris will go top of the table, perhaps temporarily, but it will up the pressure on the Côte d'Azur duo.