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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Bizarre miss costs PSG chance to seal French crown

PSG’s Eric Choupo-Moting blocks the ball from crossing the Strasbourg goal-line and then fails to score during last night’s match at Parc des Princes. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
PSG’s Eric Choupo-Moting blocks the ball from crossing the Strasbourg goal-line and then fails to score during last night’s match at Parc des Princes. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 title celebrations were delayed last night when they dropped their first points at home this season in a 2-2 draw against Racing Strasbourg in absurd fashion.

Opening goalscorer Eric Choupo-Moting farcically stopped the ball on the goal line to prevent his own side from moving 2-1 up after Nuno Da Costa's equaliser on 26 minutes. Anthony Goncalves then put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute.

PSG made it 2-2 eight minutes from time when Thilo Kehrer headed home but despite the late efforts of Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves, the hosts were left frustrated, having won all 15 league matches at the Parc des Princes this season before last night.

With Mbappe on the bench and Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all injured, Choupo-Moting was the only striker on the pitch and he opened the scoring after 13 minutes.

He was later in the path of Christophe Nkunku's delicate chip, farcically stopping the ball on the goal line and then being unable to turn it into the net as the ball rolled on to a post and away to safety.

Despite the result, PSG will wrap up their sixth title in seven seasons if they avoid defeat at Lille next Sunday.

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