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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 32,807) 27th October 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: S Lannoy

St Etienne St Etienne vs Paris St Germain PSG

St Etienne 2

B Corgnet (18)
R Hamouma (51)
F Lemoine (S/O 59)

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PSG 2

E Cavani (68)
B Matuidi (90+3)

PSG snatch late point

Last Updated: 27/10/13 10:59pm

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The hosts celebrate a goal

The hosts celebrate a goal

Blaise Matuidi's stoppage-time strike brought Paris St Germain back from the brink of defeat as they salvaged a 2-2 draw at 10-man St Etienne on Sunday.

The defending champions looked to be heading for their first loss of the Ligue 1 season after conceding goals to Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma.

But the dismissal of Fabien Lemoine allowed PSG a route back into the match and they responded with a volley from Edinson Cavani, before Matuidi's late heroics claimed a point which lifts Laurent Blanc's team back to the top of the table.

The crowd at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard were treated to an enthralling match in which an upset looked on the cards from as early as the 11th minute when Brandao volleyed Hamouma's cross inches past the left post.

ASSE then took the lead after 18 minutes with Corgnet's effort, sparked by Marquinhos' flick-on to the midfielder who then hit a first-time shot into the top left corner.

The home side continued to dominate and Lemoine should have made it 2-0 on the half-hour but for the intervention of the crossbar to keep out his 30-yard lob.

PSG showed signs of coming to life after the interval with a free-kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic beating the wall but falling narrowly wide.

But St Etienne were able to extend their lead six minutes into the half. Yohann Mollo's cross into the area was dropped by Salvatore Sirigu amd the ball fell for Hamouma, who planted a neat chip over goalkeeper .

PSG's luck began to turn eight minutes later, however, when Lemoine was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

And nine minutes later PSG were on the scoresheet thanks to Cavani, who combined with Maxwell before unleashing a volley into the net from close range.

However, it still looked as if St Etienne would hang on for the points until four minutes into stoppage time, when Matuidi got the better of home goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier with a long-range cross-cum-shot which had a helpful nudge from Cavani on its way in.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 34 82
2 Monaco 34 72
3 Lille 34 64
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 34 55
6 Marseille 34 52
7 Bordeaux 34 48
8 Toulouse 34 45
9 Reims 34 45
10 Bastia 34 44
11 Nantes 34 43
12 Lorient 34 42
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Montpellier 34 39
15 Nice 34 39
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 38
17 Guingamp 34 35
18 Sochaux 34 33
19 Valenciennes 34 29
20 AC Ajaccio 34 20