PSG vs. Bordeaux: Winners and Losers from Ligue 1 Game
Bordeaux ended Paris Saint-Germain’s 100 per cent record on Friday night, coming from behind twice to draw 2-2 at the Parc des Princes.
A mistake from Cedric Carrasso helped Edinson Cavani give the home side the lead after he failed to catch a routine ball over the top.
Bordeaux equalised after Kevin Trapp made a similar error, but Cavani’s fantastic first-half free-kick gave PSG a deserved lead at half-time.
All the pace and drive PSG showed in the opening 45 minutes disappeared in the second period, and Bordeaux took full advantage.
Trapp’s second error of the game cost PSG dearly, with Wahbi Khazri stealing the ball off the German to level the score with 11 minutes to go.
PSG were trying to equal Bordeaux’s record of 14 consecutive Ligue 1 wins, a run that started after Les Girondins beat the Parisians 3-2 last season.
It’s somewhat apt that Willy Sagnol’s team, with a wonderfully inspired performance, put an end to PSG’s winning run, preserving their record from the 2008/09 season.
Here are the winners and losers from PSG’s 2-2 draw with Bordeaux.
Winner: Edinson Cavani
After his two goals against Monaco helped PSG to a 3-0 win at the Stade Louis II, the Uruguayan found the net twice again on Friday.
His first goal took advantage of a huge error by Cedric Carrasso. After the goalkeeper failed to make a clean catch, the striker’s first touch took the ball away from his marker before his second fired a volley into the empty net.
After Bordeaux equalised, it was Cavani’s stunning free-kick that gave PSG a 2-1 half-time lead.
Despite the two goals, there are still question marks over his overall performances. Quiet in the second half, his off-the-ball movement leaves a lot to be desired. Too often he fails to give the player with the ball an option to pass too.
It has been a bright start to the season, but he could still give so much more.
Loser: Henri Saivet
Henri Saivet made sure his impact was felt during Bordeaux’s visit to Paris on Friday. It was the captain who guided his header toward Trapp in the first half that created the equaliser, but his night would get much worse.
Booked for a reckless lunge on Lucas Moura, Saivet was then given a warning by Antony Gautier in the second half after he again rushed into a late challenge.
When the 24-year-old went heavily into a challenge with Marco Verratti, the referee had no choice but to show the Bordeaux man a second yellow and a consequent red card.
At the time, the score was 2-1 to PSG, and it could have ended Bordeaux's challenge if not for Trapp’s huge error. Saivet will be counting his lucky stars his departure didn’t ruin their great night.
Winner: Wahbi Khazri
It has been a good start to the campaign from Wahbi Khazri, and Bordeaux’s attacking midfield was the catalyst for their excellent performance at the Parc des Princes.
His endeavour and determination to push forward helped pile the pressure on the PSG defence. Khazri’s set pieces were a constant menace throughout the game—helping Bordeaux draw level after 31 minutes.
Then, after Trapp took too much time on the ball, it was Khazri who stole the ball off the ‘keeper to score the equaliser.
Loser: Lucas Moura
Angel Di Maria’s arrival has already put the Brazilian’s place under threat, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing on Friday, it was a chance for Lucas Moura to impress.
He started brightly, but the 23-year-old faded as the game went on, and he failed to make any sort of impact on the match.
With Ibrahimovic and Javier Pastore set to return, it was another opportunity missed for the winger.
Winner: Nicolas Pallois
Playing at the heart of the Bordeaux defence, Nicolas Pallois was just one of a number of Willy Sagnol’s players who put in an inspired performance on Friday night.
With Cedric Yambere and Lamine Sane missing, Pallois took up the role of leader at the back and did a fantastic job.
His excellent display was summed up in the second half when he made two excellent blocks to thwart PSG and keep the score at 2-1. The Bordelais Wall was magnificent and a huge reason behind his team's deserved away point.
Loser: Kevin Trapp
He has been installed as PSG’s No. 1 since his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt, but until Week 5, Kevin Trapp had yet to be tested in Ligue 1.
That all changed on Friday against Bordeaux. The away side equalised when Trapp was caught out at his near post when Henri Saivet’s header came off the German, who could only palm the ball into his own net.
He did show what he is capable of when he turned a goal-bound Enzo Crivelli header away, but his night would get considerably worse.
Marquinhos played the ball back to the 'keeper, and Trapp obviously thought he had all the time in the world. Khazri raced in, stole the ball and scored the equaliser for Bordeaux.