Lens 1-1 PSG: Injury-time Wijnaldum header levels as Messi misfires
Lens 1-1 PSG: Injury-time Georginio Wijnaldum header levels after Seko Fofana long-ranger gave Ligue 1 leaders scare as Lionel Messi starts but misfires again
- Paris-Saint Germain travelled to face high-flying Lens on Saturday in Ligue 1
- Seko Fofana scored the opener with a driving long-range effort on 62 minutes
- Georginio Wijnaldum’s header finally levelled from Kylian Mbappe’s cross
- PSG now have one one victory in their last four matches in all competitions
Georginio Wijnaldum came to the rescue with a last-gasp goal as Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain salvaged a fortunate 1-1 draw at RC Lens on Saturday.
The Dutch midfielder headed home two minutes into stoppage time to cancel out Seko Fofana’s second-half opener and put PSG on 42 points from 17 games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who once again looked severely short of ideas, lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille by 13 points after OM slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home against Stade Brestois earlier on Saturday.
Gini Wijnaldum headed the winner to save PSG from embarrassment against Lens on Saturday
The former Liverpool midfielder rose above the defenders to meet Kylian Mbappe’s late cross
Lionel Messi had a tough night again as his stuttering adaptation to life in Paris continues
Lens, who missed several chances to wrap it up before Wijnaldum’s equaliser, stayed fifth on 27 points.
With Kylian Mbappe on the bench as Pochettino sought to rest the France forward, PSG had the first clear chance when Lionel Messi’s curled shot struck the post in the 19th minute.
But it was Lens who dominated, with opportunities through Jonathan Clauss and Arnaud Kalimiuendo before the interval.
The hosts were rewarded in the 62nd minute when Keylor Navas’s blunder allowed Fofana to score with a floating strike from just outside the box.
Seko Fofana’s driving strike in the second-half put Paris Saint-Germain under pressure
The Parisian’s star-packed squad in on a patch run of form under Mauricio Pochettino
Seven minutes later, Pereira Da Costa’s shot hit Navas’s post before landing in the PSG keeper’s arms as Lens continued to push.
Przemyslaw Frankowski tested Navas again at the end of a sharp counter-attack but PSG held out.
Florian Sotoca’s attempt went just wide nine minutes from time and it proved to be Lens’s last clear chance before Mbappe, who came on as a 70th-minute substitute, found Wijnaldum with a fine cross.
The Dutchman timed his jump to perfection to beat Jean-Louis Leca with a header that went into the top corner to give PSG their only satisfaction of the night.
On Sunday, Stade Rennais could move into second place, 11 points off the pace, if they beat bottom side St Etienne at Geoffroy Cuichard.
Fourth-placed Nice host Racing Strasbourg and could themselves go into second place if they win and Rennes do not.
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