Paris Saint Germain 1 – 1 Olympique Lyon: Gomis Goal Steals Late Point in Paris

Gomiss A late strike from Bafétimbi Gomis earned Lyon a point against Paris Saint Germain in a tight encounter in the Parc des Princes.

The home side had taken a deserved lead on the half hour mark through Ludovic Giuly and it will be the Parisians who will be disappointed not to notch up three points after having the better of proceedings in the Ligue 1 glamour game.

From the kick off PSG looked sharper against a Lyon side missing several key players. With only seven minutes on the clock Christophe Jallet went close with a terrific strike which forced Lloris into a stop.

Lyon’s number one was the busier of the two keepers in a turgid first half and pulled off another fine stop from a trademark Ceara freekick in the 20th minute.

A cagey first half, which was more notable for the regular shots of Raymond Domenech in the crowd, was enlightened by Giuly who opened the scoring just shy of the half hour.

The former Barcelona man anticipated a long ball and trapped it before firing in a cross from the right and after some neat one touch passes he tapped past Lloris from five yards out.

Lyon made some changes for the second half hauling off Cesar Delgado, who failed to impress in the opening 45, with Bafetimbi Gomis who gave them a more physical presence up front.

PSG showed no signs of easing off the gas though and should have doubled their lead through Giuly who went one on one with the keeper in the 54th minute and had a shot from point blank range on the right hand side of the box palmed away by Lloris.

Giuly was given a warm reception by the home crowd when he was taken off in the 67th minute after an excellent performance.

The away side failed to produce any clear-cut chances even with the introduction of Miralem Pjanic who replaced Sidney Govou who was anonymous throughout.

PSG looked on course for the three points and could have scored once again through Hoaru who fired a bullet header straight at Lloris with twenty minutes left on the clock.

Lyon gradually came into the game as the clock wound down and it was Lisandro Lopez who rattled a few nerves with a powerful shot from 20 yards which forced Coupet into a finger tip save.

With only five minutes to go Bafetimbi Gomis scored an ill-deserved equaliser for the former champions.

The substitute anticipated Cissokho’s inswinging cross from the left and swung out his right leg on the edge of the box which crept past Coupet to earn Lyon a precious point.

Suspicions of offside for Gomis’ goal will dominate post match discussion but in truth the home side had many chances to kill Lyon off which left them with one point instead of three.


~ by footballdirecta on September 21, 2009.

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