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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 37 80
2 Lyon 37 72
3 Monaco 37 68
4 Marseille 37 66
5 St Etienne 37 66
6 Bordeaux 37 60
7 Montpellier 37 56
8 Lille 37 53
9 Rennes 37 50
10 Guingamp 37 49
11 Bastia 37 47
12 Nice 37 45
13 Nantes 37 45
14 Reims 37 44
15 Caen 37 43
16 Lorient 37 43
17 Toulouse 37 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 37 37
19 Metz 37 30
20 RC Lens 37 26

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