Lyon 1-1 Paris St-Germain: Leaders fight back for point

PSG have lost just once in Ligue 1 this season

Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain fought back from a goal down to earn a hard-fought point at Lyon.

The hosts held their lead, courtesy of Lucas Paqueta’s seventh-minute strike, for 69 minutes until substitute Thilo Kehrer equalised.

Kylian Mbappe hit the post in each half with fine curling efforts, while Marquinhos drew a good save out of Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes.

PSG lead Nice by 11 points, while Lyon are 11th after a fourth straight draw.

Lionel Messi was one of four PSG players forced out of the game due to testing positive for Covid-19, the Argentine remaining in his homeland until he returns a negative test result.

Neymar was also absent as he continued to recover from an ankle injury that is likely to keep him out of action for at least the next three weeks.

Lyon opened the scoring when Bruno Guimaraes’ superb long pass was chested down and controlled by Paqueta, before the Brazilian shot low into the bottom corner.

Mbappe struck the post from open play before the break, while his effort in the second half came from a free-kick as PSG pressed.

But a trio of substitutions by boss Mauricio Pochettino on 69 minutes proved decisive with Edouard Michut’s cross finding fellow replacement Kehrer, who scored for the first time since February 2020 to secure a draw for the runaway leaders.

Line-ups

Lyon

Formation 3-4-2-1

1Lopes

21Da Silva27Boateng4Lukeba

14Dubois39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura25Caqueret3Emerson

10Tolentino Coelho de Lima8Aouar

9Dembele

1Lopes21Da Silva27BoatengBooked at 90mins4Lukeba14Dubois39Guimarães Rodriguez MouraSubstituted forGustoat 90+2’minutes25Caqueret3EmersonBooked at 84mins10Tolentino Coelho de LimaSubstituted forCherkiat 71’minutes8Aouar9DembeleSubstitutes12Silva Milagres17Gusto18Cherki19Keita29Shaqiri30Pollersbeck33Barcola

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

1Navas

17Dagba5Marquinhos3Kimpembe25Tavares Mendes

21Herrera8Paredes6Verratti

18Wijnaldum9Icardi7Mbappé

1Navas17DagbaBooked at 59minsSubstituted forKehrerat 69’minutes5Marquinhos3Kimpembe25Tavares Mendes21HerreraSubstituted forMichutat 69’minutes8ParedesSubstituted forSimonsat 69’minutes6VerrattiBooked at 43mins18WijnaldumSubstituted forEbimbeat…..

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