Paris Saint-Germain failed to win for the third time in their last four meetings at Evian Thonon Gaillard’s Parc des Sports in Annecy. The French champions allowed themselves to be held to a 0-0 draw in their third Ligue 1 fixture of the new season on Friday.
PSG’s Yohan Cabaye saw red as Laurent Blanc’s men were frustrated once again by their Savoyard hosts, who might have stolen a late win on another day.
It finished goalless, though, and, in truth, was not much of a spectacle. Les Parisiens’ striker Edinson Cavani missed a handful of chances, while Evian went close a number of times themselves, however, neither side created enough to warrant all three points.
0 - @PSG_inside hadn't played out a 0-0 in Ligue 1 since 11 January 2013 (v Ajaccio). Mute.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 22, 2014
"Evian TG were looking to steady themselves after a difficult start and defended very well," Blanc told PSG.fr. "We weren't able to cause them enough problems when we had 11 players and it was even more difficult when we were reduced to ten. Given the way the match went, I think it was a deserved point for Paris and a deserved point for Evian too."
"We didn't create enough dangerous situations to warrant the victory, so I have a mixed impression, but the performance was nothing to be worried about."
A draw is not fatal to PSG—although it might put coach Blanc under a bit of immediate pressure—while it helps Pascal Dupraz’s hosts finally stop the rot and get a point on the board in le Championnat.
Here are some winners and losers from PSG’s 0-0 draw at Evian.