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PSG 2 Strasbourg 2: Tuchel's side forced to wait to clinch title

Sun 07 April 2019 | 23:37

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting produced an astonishing miss as PSG fluffed their lines on Sunday, drawing 2-2 at home to Strasbourg.

Paris Saint-Germain were made to wait to clinch the Ligue 1 title after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Strasbourg in a game that included an astonishing miss by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Substitute Thilo Kehrer headed in an 82nd-minute equaliser but Strasbourg spoiled the party plans in the French capital, picking up an unexpected point to keep the champions-elect waiting.

After nearest rivals Lille were only able to draw 1-1 at Reims earlier on Sunday, PSG knew three points at the Parc des Princes would see them crowned league winners for a sixth time in seven seasons.

Thomas Tuchel's side appeared on course to get the job done when Choupo-Moting tapped in Colin Dagba's low cross to open the scoring in the 13th minute, though Strasbourg had clearly not read the script.

A well-worked move down their left allowed Lionel Carole to square for Nuno da Costa to steer a first-time effort beyond Gianluigi Buffon and make it 1-1.

There was nothing the returning PSG goalkeeper could do to stop the visitors taking the lead before the break either, Anthony Goncalves latching onto a weak clearance to flash a thunderous right-footed drive in from distance.

Sandwiched in between Strasbourg's two goals was a scarcely believable blooper from Choupo-Moting, the forward inexplicably stopping team-mate Christopher Nkunku's chip over goalkeeper Matz Sels on the line with his left foot just as the ball was about to roll into the net.

Kylian Mbappe was summoned from the bench early in the second half by Tuchel but it was another replacement in Kehrer who spared PSG from defeat, turning in Julian Draxler's corner.

What does it mean? PSG lack strength in depth

In his pre-match press conference on Saturday, Tuchel suggested he would like to add three or four players to his squad for next season, when the club will no doubt once again hold lofty expectations of Champions League success.

There could be big-name departures in the next transfer window, yet this result once again highlighted the need for a better supporting cast to go alongside the superstar names.

The shopping list should include an upgrade on Choupo-Moting, who will surely forever be remembered at PSG – and perhaps for his entire career – for that first-half error. The watching Edinson Cavani - who has recently returned to training - cannot come back soon enough.

Verratti the pass master again

With so many leading names absent – as well as Cavani, Neymar and Angel Di Maria were also in the crowd watching on – Marco Verratti provided a much-needed touch of class for the home team.

The Italian midfielder actually had 146 total touches in the contest, while it was his superb throughball that set Dagba clear in behind Strasbourg's defence to tee up Choupo-Moting's opener.

Choupo-Moting’s moment to forget

The former Stoke City frontman turned from hero to villain when his unnecessary intervention stopped Nkunku making it 2-1 to PSG.

Choupo-Moting had just 22 touches and it was hardly surprising to see Tuchel replace him with Mbappe – who made a difference during his cameo appearance - on the hour.

Key facts

- PSG are still unbeaten in their 28 home games against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 (W21 D7). Only against Bastia (29) have they posted a better record.

- Strasbourg are winless in their last five away games in Ligue 1 (D3 L2) after winning three of their previous four (L1).

- PSG have picked up 81 points after 30 games in Ligue 1 this season, the highest tally for a team at this stage of the competition.

- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has scored twice in their last three Ligue 1 games - he had managed just one goal in his first 15 appearances in the competition.

- Only Angel Di Maria (10) has delivered more assists than Julian Draxler (6) among PSG players in Ligue 1 this season.

- Anthony Goncalves has been involved in five goals in his last five Ligue 1 games (4 goals, 1 assist). He was involved in just one goal in his first 35 outings.

What's next?

PSG will have another opportunity to cross the line when they travel to second-placed Lille, while Strasbourg host Guingamp in a repeat of the recent Coupe de la Ligue final.


source: SportMob

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