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Stade de la Mosson (ATT 27,717) 9th August 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: L Jaffredo

Montpellier Montpellier vs Paris St Germain PSG

Montpellier 1

R Cabella (10)
A El Kaoutari (S/O 72)

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PSG 1

Maxwell (60)

Ligue 1: Paris St Germain began their title defence with a 1-1 draw at Montpellier

Last Updated: 09/08/13 11:03pm

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Maxwell: Drives home PSG's equaliser against Montpellier

Maxwell: Drives home PSG's equaliser against Montpellier

Paris St Germain began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a 1-1 draw against Montpellier - the team who they replaced as champions.

PSG claimed the title from Montpellier last season to become French champions for the first time in 19 years but, despite a big spending summer, they could not claim victory in their opener at the Stade de la Mosson.

Remy Cabella had given the home side the lead after just 10 minutes but a second-half goal from Maxwell and the dismissal of Abdelhamid El Kaoutari ensured Laurent Blanc's men did not head back to the capital empty handed.

PSG had the first chance after seven minutes as Lucas Moura free-kick found Ezequiel Lavezzi but his header was blocked by La Paillade goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren.

And three minutes later Montpellier had the lead, Zlatan Ibrahimovic lost the ball in midfield and Emmanuel Herrera played an incisive pass to Cabella who broke into the box and fired low past Salvatore Sirigu.

Some good work from Christophe Jallet and Lucas nearly had the champions level but when the former found space he could only fire over the bar.

Lucas was having a lot of influence in the game and just before the half-hour mark he released Ibrahimovic and the Sweden international brought an impressive save from Jourdren from long range.

Two minutes into the second half and Ibrahimovic had another chance as he fired a free-kick wide of the post but it was Maxwell who was to grab the equaliser.

Javier Pastore's cross found Ibrahimovic at the back post and the tall striker's header across goal was tapped in by the Brazilian.

El Kaoutari was then given his marching orders as he received a second booking for a challenge on Pastore.

Victor Montano had a chance to grab a winner for Montpellier with 10 minutes as he was set up by Cabella but his deft lob drifted over the bar.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26

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