Christopher Nkunku shines but disinterested PSG slump to draw at Amiens

Moussa Konate’s brace earned Amiens a 2-2 draw against PSG, ending the chamions’ hopes of hitting the 100-point mark in Ligue 1.

Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of a 100-point total in Ligue 1 are over after a disappointing 2-2 draw away at Amiens.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring in the first half but two Moussa Konate goals either side of a lovely Christopher Nkunku strike ensured a draw for the hosts — along with another season of football in Le Championnat.

Positives

Nkunku’s lively performance on the left of the attack was pretty much the only bright spot and it looked as if he would make the difference as PSG remained on track for 100 Ligue 1 points before Konate’s late tally.

Negatives

Many individually, but the big problem is collective — mentally, the season is over for PSG. Unai Emery’s players will probably raise themselves against Vendee Les Herbiers for the Coupe de France final at Stade de France next week (although it should not take that much) but do not expect much in the remaining league games against Rennes and Caen.

Manager rating out of 10

5 —¬†Emery’s starting XI looked like it had done the trick when Nkunku made it 2-1 but even after Konate’s equaliser, the Spaniard refused to make changes until it was too late.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alphonse Areola, 5 — Should have done better on Konate’s equaliser, which even though it was not exclusively his fault, could have been kept out by him.

DF Thomas Meunier, 6 — Given a chance to impress after his commitment was questioned recently, he looked more invested than most on the Stade de la Licorne pitch.

DF Marquinhos, 5 — It was solid enough for the most part but he and Presnel Kimpembe could have done more to stop Konate’s goals, particularly the first.

DF Presnel Kimpembe, 4 — Less convincing than central defensive partner Marquinhos, he should not be allowing himself to be as complacent as many of his older teammates and was heavily at fault alongside Areola for Konate’s second.

DF Layvin Kurzawa, 3 — Looks absolutely devoid of all confidence after a difficult season and put in another performance that illustrates just how far he has fallen during that time. The World Cup with France looks like a dream at this moment.

MF Thiago Motta, 5 — Captain for the evening, he provided the assist for Nkunku’s gorgeous goal with a smart pass but otherwise looked a spent force in a match lacking intensity — was that his final meaningful act as a player?

MF Javier Pastore, 4 — A lovely pass to set up Cavani’s opener but otherwise precious little and nowhere near enough intensity for somebody fighting for an unlikely World Cup squad role with Argentina.

Christopher Nkunku was the one PSG player who came out of Amiens smelling like roses. Christopher Nkunku is the one PSG player who can hold his head high about his effort and performance at Amiens.

MF Giovani Lo Celso, 6 — Involved in the build-up to Cavani’s goal, he could have done more defensively to stop the opener but too many of his teammates were drawn out of position for too much blame to be assigned to him.

FW Angel Di Maria, 4 — The latest in a growing line of disinterested performances from a player who, in truth, looks like his mind is already in Russia.

FW Edinson Cavani, 6 — Credit to him for turning up and showing interest on behalf of his teammates. He took his goal well but otherwise was given very little service.

FW Christopher Nkunku, 7 — PSG’s brightest performer. A brilliant finish capped an encouraging display from a player who deserves more meaningful first-team action next season.

Substitutes

MF Adrien Rabiot, NR — Given 12 minutes at the end in place of Motta, being eased back in like that after injury could do him good pre-World Cup — if he makes it.

FW Kylian Mbappe, NR — The final six minutes was not much time to make a difference but he still came close to an undeserved PSG winner after replacing Nkunku.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.