Paris Saint-Germain and Stade de Reims got Ligue 1 back underway on Friday, and the French champions were held to a 2-2 draw in miserable conditions at Stade Auguste Delaune. Despite taking a 1-0 lead inside of 10 minutes, PSG were pegged back and trailed, 2-1, at half-time before levelling the score in the second half.
It was an eventful night for les Parisiens’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scoring twice—the second was given to him although it looked like a possible own goal—but also missing a penalty and the easiest of first-half chances. But goals from Prince Oniangue and Antoine Devaux had Reims in front by half-time, sandwiched by both of the Swede’s strikes.
Per OptaJean on Twitter: "4 - Paris SG have failed to win their opening league game for the 4th consecutive season. Snail."
The draw is the fourth time PSG have failed to win the opening match of a season since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) took over in 2011, with their record now reading: drawn three, lost one. Despite that, though, French coach Laurent Blanc was relatively satisfied, considering he was still without a raft of FIFA World Cup representatives. After the final whistle, the 48-year-old revealed to PSG.fr:
We're not ready yet, and we could see it tonight. Despite the result, I think my team played some very good football. We had so many chances to score, too many to count, including a penalty. We didn't kill the game off. We could have after just 20 minutes. We were expecting to struggle in certain areas. We didn't get the result we wanted, but it's still encouraging for the future.
Overall, the point will be a disappointing one for the capital club—especially considering how well PSG played for the first 25 minutes or so—but as last season showed, the opening day result matters little in the grand scheme of things.
Here are the winners and losers from Reims 2-2 PSG.