Edinson Cavani scored twice in the second half to help Ligue 1 champions PSG avoid their first home defeat of the season in a draw with Guingamp.
PARIS — Edinson Cavani inspired Paris Saint-Germain to recover from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Sunday, a result that leaves Unai Emery’s men with a chance of still hitting the 100-point mark.
Ludovic Blas stunned Parc des Princes on the stroke of half-time with a superb strike before Jimmy Briand doubled the visitors’ lead in the second half, but Cavani’s late double rescued a point. El Matador‘s heroics also kept PSG unbeaten, domestically, in the capital this season, as well as making him the French capital outfit’s all-time leading scorer in Le Championnat.
Few. Despite the fightback, it was slovenly stuff from PSG. Cavani’s double was the absolute highlight of a performance that needed 75 minutes for Les Parisiens to turn up.
With the Ligue 1 and the Coupe de la Ligue titles already sewn up, it is clear that the only remaining motivation for PSG this campaign is the Coupe de France final against Vendee Les Herbiers. Other than that, Emery’s men are already on holiday.
Manager rating out of 10
6 — Emery’s starting XI did not work but his trio of substitutions inside of 65 minutes shook things up enough to provoke a reaction from his players in the final 25 minutes.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alphonse Areola, 5 — There was nothing he could have done to keep Blas’ effort out and Briand’s goal was hardly his fault either. Otherwise, he had to be alert as Guingamp put his goal under serious pressure.
DF Dani Alves, 3 — Disappointing. The visitors got plenty of joy on both flanks and it was his responsibility to limit that on the right.
DF Thiago Silva, 6 — Aside from a late booking, it was solid stuff from the skipper on his record 221st outing wearing the armband, making two particularly well-timed interventions during the first half.
DF Presnel Kimpembe, 6 — Sporting a new hairstyle, he stood out for more than just his commanding display.
Edinson Cavani’s brace ensured PSG salvaged a draw from their match vs. Guingamp.
DF Layvin Kurzawa, 3 — Like Alves, he was not good enough out wide and Guingamp were able to create plenty.
MF Thiago Motta, 3 — Further evidence that he no longer offers anything on the pitch. He looked every bit his 35 years of age and a player who has rarely featured this season.
MF Giovani Lo Celso, 4 — It was not his best performance, but he still offered more than Motta and Julian Draxler in the middle.
MF Julian Draxler, 3 — Hauled off after 50 minutes. Emery was unimpressed by his limp showing and understandably so.
FW Kylian Mbappe, 5 — More energetic than most of his teammates, especially when PSG were behind, it was still far from his brilliant best on a night when he picked up the Ligue 1 player of the month award.
FW Edinson Cavani, 7 — The two-goal hero, who barely got a touch for the opening 30 minutes. He took his chances when they arrived and with 115 goals, he is now PSG’s leading scorer in Ligue 1 — ahead of former record holder and teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
FW Angel Di Maria, 3 — Forgettable. It was unsurprising that Emery opted to withdraw him after 63 minutes; the only surprise was that it took that long after such an inadequate display.
MF Javier Pastore, 5 — Given the best part of the second half to impress, he fared better than Draxler after taking his place but that was not exactly hard.
FW Thomas Meunier, 6 — It was an eventful evening for him, with a booking, an assist and frequent whistling from the Parc des Princes crowd. Sent on for Di Maria after 63 minutes, he was regularly heckled after being accused (along with a few teammates) of lacking commitment to PSG, but silenced his doubters with an assist for Cavani’s equaliser before a late booking.
MF Christopher Nkunku, 5 — Along with Pastore and Meunier, his introduction for the final 27 minutes livened things up — if nothing else.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.