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PSG drop points on opening day

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Laurent Blanc and his men may have been hoping for three points to start the Ligue 1 season, but they shouldn't be too worried about drawing 1-1 with Montpellier, the champions of two years ago.

The southerners may have lost many of those title winning players, but they are still a difficult team to face, especially at the Stade de la Mosson. 

The home fans were singing their hearts out before the match, fully expecting to take something from the team that stole their Ligue 1 crown last season.

And that they did. In the tenth minute, Remy Cabella gave the home side the lead with a fantastic goal.

That shocked PSG into action, but it wasn't until the second half that they really looked like threatening the Montpellier goal.

Despite the draw, there were plenty of positives for Laurent Blanc to take away from the game and he won't even be too upset over the first goal. 

Ibrahimovic lost the ball and looked for a free-kick. Meanwhile, Montpellier, the PSG defence and - most importantly - the referee played on and after the ball fell to Cabella with bit of fortune and he scored a simply sublime goal from a tight angle over the keeper and past Thiago Silva on the line.

There was no stopping that finish and that was the only time when the capital side really looked like conceding a goal. The home team pressed during the rest of the first half, but without creating many chances.

The sides then came out after half time with PSG looking much stronger. Blanc's side made good use of the space on the wings, playing good crosses into Ibrahimovic who always looked dangerous.

The Swede also came close with a free-kick, as did his Brazilian teammate Lucas, but it was from much closer distance that the goal would come in the 60th minute.

Another cross was played into Ibrahimovic and the Swede headed down to Maxwell, who smashed the ball into the net over the diving keeper.

From then on, only PSG looked like scoring another and that looked even more likely when, in the 71st minute, the summer's most expensive player Edinson Cavani came on just moments before Montpellier's El Kaoutari was sent off for a second yellow. 

The Parisians then attacked in numbers and created a few goalscoring chances, but failed to find that winning goal. Cavani came close to a goal on his league debut, but his header was blocked on the line by Tiene.

Another header was blocked in injury time, this time by the home keeper Jourdren from Adrien Rabiot's header at point-blank range. 

So it was not to be for PSG in the opening game of the campaign, despite a very good second half performance. 

The capital side also drew against Lorient in their first match last season before going on to win the title, so Laurent Blanc and PSG fans will be reminding themselves of that. 

 

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