Metz 2 Paris Saint-Germain three: Matuidi header seals critical win in exceptional ending
Paris Saint-Germain moved level on points with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco but Unai Emery’s side required a dramatic injury-time winner to triumph 3-2 at Metz in spite of having led 2-0 with 12 minutes to play.
Edinson Cavani and Blaise Matuidi gave PSG a comfy lead because the guests controlled the opening half on Tuesday, and with time ticking down there was tiny sign from the dramatic denouement to come.
But substitute Yann Jouffre bent inside a delightful free-kick to obtain the house side back into the game and an additional replacement, Cheick Diabate, turned household a low cross to finish what appeared to be a brilliant comeback for the relegation-threatened hosts.
Jouffre then hit the crossbar with an injury-time set-piece from equivalent range within a sensational finale in the Stade Saint-Symphorien, but the drama was not over there as Javier Pastore’s cross was superbly headed residence by Matuidi.
Leaders Monaco possess a game in hand over PSG, but collecting an eighth successive away league win in such amazing fashion could prove to be a decisive moment within the title race.
Matuidi and Cavani had early efforts blocked as Emery’s guys produced a bright start out, however the very first clear opportunity was missed by PSG right after 23 minutes.
Maxwell’s low left-wing cross looked to have offered Lucas Moura using a simple finish at the back post, but the Brazilian got his effort badly wrong and sidefooted back across goal.
The dominant guests did take the lead after 33 minutes, even so, from an additional left-wing centre.
Maxwell supplied the delivery once more after Metz were cut open too very easily as well as the floated cross was powered residence from close range by Cavani for the striker’s 30th league objective on the season.
And Maxwell continued to become the key inventive spark for PSG as he soon fashioned a second.
Matuidi timed his forward run perfectly to burst on towards the left-back’s throughball and also the France international’s low finish beat goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima at his close to post.