PSG had to dig deep to avoid a second consecutive defeat away at Evian, managing to repel a late spell of pressure to draw 0-0 last night.
The current champions had to see out the final 30 minutes with only 10 men after Yohan Cabaye was sent off for two bookable offences.
Evian had three chances deep in added time to inflict PSG’s first defeat, but an outstanding save from Salvatore Sirigu, a David Luiz block and overhead kick that ended up being off target meant that PSG managed to go back to Paris with a point.
Evian started the game bottom of the table, after two defeats from the first two games of the season. With an unfavourable goal difference too, thanks to their 6-2 defeat last weekend at Rennes, Pascal Dupraz’s side were looking to kick start their season.
PSG were without their star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to a muscle strain meaning that Edison Cavani had the opportunity to play in his favoured role of central striker.
With Evian firmly in a defensive set up to try and restrict PSG’s play, Cavani had few chances of note, one in each half that were dealt with comfortable by Evian goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.
Lucas Moura had the only other notable chance for PSG, with his shot fizzing past the post just after the start of the second half. The inability to open up the Evian defence should be a worry for manager Laurent Blanc, especially with next week’s fixture against St Etienne who have had a very strong start to the season.
Lacking their creative edge, the reigning champions pushed further up the pitch to try and get the breakthrough. After Cabaye had been sent off in the 63 minute, Evian changed from their defensive set up to try and catch PSG on the counter attack.
PSG stay in third place in the table after the result, but could finish the weekend in the bottom half of the table depending on how other results pan out. Evian move off the bottom of the table, ahead of pointless Rens and Monaco.
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