Rene Girard applauds Lille's commitment after 2-2 draw with Paris St Germain
Rene Girard applauded Lille's commitment after they held Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain to a 2-2 draw.
Last Updated: 23/12/13 11:42am
The visitors fell behind to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike before goals from Rio Mavuba and Salomon Kalou turned the match around at the start of the second half.
An own goal from Marko Basa eventually gave PSG a share of the points, although the Montenegro international could have snatched a winner for Lille with a late header which skimmed the bar.
The draw leaves third-placed Lille four points from the summit heading into the winter break, yet Girard had no complaints about the result or the performance.
"If you look at what we did, we managed to upset Paris St Germain," he told L'Equipe. "We even had a chance to win it 3-2 at the end.
"I am very proud of the boys, they played an outstanding match in a very heated atmosphere.
"It is difficult to come here and I think we did the job very well.
"I think, with the exception of St Etienne, no other team behind us in the table has taken a point here.
"If we had not turned up, without the physical impact and intensity against a team like this it will only end in disappointment. But we did turn up and that is what is most important.
"I am pleased and proud of this team. It was a good match with great commitment, close to the highest level."
Goalscorer Kalou echoed his coach's sentiments and felt Lille's performance will have impressed a few people.
"We are happy overall. We showed a lot of heart," said the former Chelsea striker.
"We knew PSG would put us under a lot of pressure and it was a big test for us but we bounced back.
"We have created a very good team who take a lot of pleasure from playing together, and I think people saw that here.
"We may not always be flamboyant but the results are there to see."