Lille OSC managed to hold Paris Saint-Germain to a well-contested 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes on Sunday to round off 2013 with great entertainment.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free-kick gave the hosts the lead in the first half, but Rio Mavuba provided one of the game’s main talking points.
Minutes before half-time, he scored the equaliser for LOSC shortly after he could and should have been sent off.
Salomon Kalou’s penalty early in the second half gave Rene Girard’s side the lead, but the defending champions fought back and equalised through captain Thiago Silva with the aid of Lille defender Marko Basa.
In a game that finished with eight yellow cards, four on each side, miraculously nobody was sent off (match report via BBC.co.uk).
The victory moves PSG three points clear of second-placed AS Monaco, and Lille remain four points behind Laurent Blanc’s side.
Le President told PSG.fr (translated from French as a bilingual) that he was satisfied with the result:
"There was a bit of everything this evening" he said. "Our biggest regret is that we did not go in at half-time ahead. I do have much to criticise the team for and I enjoyed the game. I am satisfied."
"We have 44 points at this stage, which is not bad, and people enjoy watching us play."
Following Les Monegasques' surprise 2-1 home defeat to Valenciennes, the side from the capital had already been crowned autumn champions (Ligue 1 leaders at the halfway stage of the season).
Here are six things we learned from PSG 2-2 Lille.