They say that the refereeing mistakes tend to even themselves out over the course of a season... But that’s little consolation for the Parisians who produced an excellent match and had to settle for a solitary point. Of course, PSG could, and perhaps should, have made the game safe earlier to avoid such a finish, but Hugo Lloris in the visitors’ goal decided otherwise.

The evening began in fine style under the auspices of the new Passion PSG membership and a kick off given by Pauleta, PSG’s longest serving season ticket holder and a player from the PSG junior ranks. It was a great way to start the game and the PSG players reciprocated with a stunning start to the match.


In a Parc des Princes full to cracking, PSG was straight onto the front foot. Lloris turned Cearà’s free-kick onto his crossbar and Ali Cissokho cleared Guillaume Hoarau’s header off the line (22’). It was an early warning for Lyon. PSG’s second clear-cut chance was to provide the opener. Having started the move, Giuly turned home Hoarau’s shot after some quick-fire passing in the OL box (1-1, 29’). The Parc was rocking as the goal capped off an inspired start from the home side.

After the half-time break, PSG continued to stamp their authority on the match. It took a series of unbelievable Lloris saves to deny wave after wave of PSG attack. The France shotstopper first turned away a powerful Giuly shot (53’), before producing a truly incredible save to deny Hoarau a first goal of the season with a near range header (68’).


Inspired by their ‘keeper, Les Lyonnais finally equalised five minutes from the end (1-1, 85’), but the goal came after, arguably, a foul on Clément Chantôme and Gomis was in an off side position when Ali Cissokho’s cross from the left was helped on by Lisandro Lopez…

Les Parisiens must now recover physically and mentally ahead of their League Cup clash against Boulogne-sur-Mer on Wednesday. It’s a chance to get straight back in the action and forget about another painful final five minutes... the first 85 minutes can be used as a blue print for the matches come!