Battling Sochaux postpone PSG’s title

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Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of wrapping up a second straight French League title early were dashed as they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Sochaux.

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Edinson Cavani put PSG in front in the first half on Sunday, but a second-half Thiago Silva own goal earned Sochaux a share of the spoils and left Laurent Blanc’s side eight points clear of nearest challengers Monaco with three games remaining.

They will now have to wait until hosting Rennes on Wednesday, May 7 for another chance to wrap up the title.

Sochaux, meanwhile, are four points adrift of safety but two of their last three games are against fellow relegation candidates Rennes and Evian.

Blanc will be concerned at how PSG looked comfortable in the first half but then played largely second fiddle to Sochaux in the second period.

“Sochaux played really well and deserved the point,” he admitted to beIN Sports after the game.

“In all honesty we probably didn’t deserve to take the three points today. Some people assume we have won the title but we still have a little left to do so we have to go out and do it.”

Sochaux coach Herve Renard, whose side have now won five and drawn two of their last seven games at their own Stade Bonal, said: “The result is satisfying. The shame is that we didn’t play in the first half as we did in the second, because if we had done we could have won the match.”

Cavani had an early sight of goal and the Uruguayan produced a superb right-footed shot from the edge of the area in the 20th minute which Yohann Pele had to be at full stretch to tip over.

Lucas then went even closer from the resulting corner as the Brazilian’s header was hacked off the line by a Sochaux defender.

However, four minutes later PSG were ahead as Cavani chested down a superb long ball from Thiago Motta and volleyed it past Pele for his 16th league goal of the season.

The hosts deservedly drew level in the 56th minute, with on-loan Marseille forward Jordan Ayew again heavily involved.

Salvatore Sirigu beat away Sebastien Corchia’s shot from the right but it came back to Ayew out on the left. The Ghanaian international’s deft backheel released Florian Marange and his cross was met by the PSG goalkeeper’s fist only for the ball to rebound off Silva and trickle into the net.

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