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Paris Saint-Germain held again in Ligue 1 by Lyon

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Paris-Saint-Germain continue to lose ground from top spot in Ligue 1 after dropping points again in Ligue 1 last weekend, held to a 1-1 draw by Lyon in their fourth of the stalemate of the season.

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a powerful header that could not be saved by Lyon's keeper Anthony Lopes, but it was not enough for the French giant to take the three points as strong side as Samuel Umtiti restored parity six minutes from time.

PSG's defence got confused after a well taken corner ball from their opponent, they could not clear the ball out of their own box after Lyon won several challenges, which left Umtiti, unmarked, strike inside the box.

The Ligue 1 tittle-holders have stayed fifth for the second consecutive week but are now on the same amount of points as seventh-placed FC Nantes, with 10.

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Weakened

Looking at the statistics the home side seemed good for the win, as they won 64 per cent of the overall possession.

And with 12 attempts, trying to increase their lead, surely they left Lyon in troubles, but they only managed to fire two on target, which is very poor for a big-spending club who have consistently spent big money.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic should at least be on the scoresheet once a week. However, Lyon who made only nine shots were the more clinical team on the pitch, with five real threats on target.

And certainly it was the visitors could have taken the lead more than one time, especially with a 20 yards free-kick that bounced back on the surface after finding the bar on the left-top corner.

Improvement needed

Paris really need to get back their pace to finish off some great football upfront. Drawing 1-1 against Lyon last weekend left them taking only measly one point for the second time in the same week, as they also drew 1-1 to Ajax in Amsterdam last Wednesday in their Champions League Group F opening match.

PSG boss Lauren Blanc is locking to bring back a reputation for style as well as substance in the French capital, so it is imperative that his team start to impose their will once again and push for a better result in European stages.

Last season's drab effort against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final should serve as motivation to improve in Europe, but its also domestically that Blanc's troops clearly need to keep their eyes on the prize and produce a return to form very quickly.

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