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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 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20

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