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Parc des Sports 22nd August 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Paris St Germain PSG

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Y Cabaye (S/O 63)

French Ligue 1: Cabaye off as PSG are held

Last Updated: 22/08/14 10:37pm

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Yohan Cabaye is shown the red card

Yohan Cabaye is shown the red card

Paris St Germain survived the second-half dismissal of Yohan Cabaye to hold Evian to a goalless draw at the Parc des Sports.

Missing injured star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the defending Ligue 1 champions lacked sharpness up front and a 64th-minute red card for France midfielder Cabaye could have proved costly.

However, Evian were unable to make the most of their advantage to ensure PSG remain unbeaten after three matches this season.

The absence of Ibrahimovic to a back injury seemed to unsettle Laurent Blanc's side, who needed 23 minutes to produce their first meaningful attempt on goal, with Edinson Cavani curling a 20-yard free-kick inches over the crossbar.

Daniel Wass replied with a free-kick for Evian which tested the skills of visiting goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, but it was PSG who should have gone ahead minutes later when Lucas freed Cavani for a first-time shot which had Jesper Hansen scrambling to clear the ball.

Lucas came even closer to breaking the deadlock for the champions early in the second half, controlling a long ball from Javier Pastore before firing a low right-footed shot which brushed the post on its way past the net.

Cabaye then paid the price for a clumsy challenge on Fabien Camus which earned him a second yellow card, although PSG pushed forward eight minutes later with David Luiz deflecting a ball into the path of team-mate Cavani for a volley which had to be punched clear by Hansen.

Tiredness then kicked into Blanc's squad allowing Evian the chance to snatch the points.

It was a chance they failed to grasp, however, as Wass saw another free-kick headed off the line by Pastore after 79 minutes, while Cedric Barbosa's magnificent stoppage-time ball to Nicolas Benezet laid the foundations for a stunning volley which was bettered only by a diving save from Sirigu to leave Evian still searching for their first win.

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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