Before the 89th minute everything looked amazing for PSG. At least on the pitch.
Zlatan had scored a great goal, PSG had played tremendously well and had the lead with 2-0, despite several injuries.
In only the last few minutes Caen scored twice and PSG lost two points.
– Injuries and lost points. We really couldn't be more unfortunate today, Zlatan said after the game.
The game couldn't start any better for PSG. In the second (!) minute PSG set up the attack on the right. Aurier crossed into the penalty area where Zlatan came from behind and surprised the Caen-defender by putting his right foot very high and in a crazy manner strike the ball into the net. 1-0, crazy Ibra-goal.
TOTAL DOMINATION BY PSG
After scoring so early PSG had this game in their hand. Caen's great form in the last games had no meaning, PSG clearly wanted to send Chelsea a message in this game. They played quick and accurate with alot of movement and created chance after chance. Caen had a couple of dangerous opportunities as well but Sirigu and the PSG-defense (with Luiz on the bench) stopped them.
LAVEZZI SHOWED HIS GREATNESS
So even though PSG was the better team, the game was rather unpredictable. Until the 40th minute when Lavezzi scored a great goal. He got a great ball from Lucas and made no mistake but struck the ball hard and low with his left. 2-0, perfect timing before halftime.
INJURIES, INJURIES AND INJURIES
Yohan Cabaye was injured early in the first and it didn't stop there. Marquinhos had to sub at halftime, and then both Lucas and Aurier was injured in the second. After the game Blanc confirmed that Lucas, Marquinhos, Cabaye & Aurier all will miss the Chelsea-game. And possibly Matuidi as well.
PSG-CONTROL WITH 10 AND LATER 9 (!) PLAYERS
Cabaye and Marquinhos injuries forced Blanc to make two substitutions already at halftime. After then also subbing Matuidi, it was not a great view to see Aurier go down in the 71st minute, PSG had to play with 10 men. When then Lucas was injuried in the 80th minute, PSG was down to 9 (!) players. Despite that, they were actually in control of the game and even created chances. So nobody thought the 3 points were in danger.
THE ENDING SHOCK
That was until the 89th minute. A somewhat unorganized PSG-defense (with Zlatan in his own penalty area) saw Appiah pass Sala with his hand and Sala made it 2-1. And two minutes into stoppage time, Zlatan caused a freekick just outside PSG's penalty area and Bazile curled it nicely over the wall to the final result 2-2. Weird, wicked game.
In the second (!) minute he scored a typical Zlatan-goal. With a taekwando-ish kick very high up he made it 1-0, he and PSG couldn't get a better start. He took off his shirt and displayed his temporary tattoos dedicated to World Food Program.
After maybe not being at his very best for some time, Zlatan showed the real Zlatan in the first half. Had alot of ball, scored the goal and was involved in alot of great combinations. It was the perfect message before the important game against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Zlatan played 90 minutes this Saturday and he was really great. He was constantly involved in PSG's attacks, dropping down and receiving the ball but not too deep. He created a few more chances, and was close to scoring another beauty in the 60th minute when he juggled the ball in the penalty area and shot on volley.
If PSG had won, everything about Zlatan's game would have been perfect. And a great message to Chelsea before Tuesday's game. But since he was involved in both the conceded goals and PSG couldn't hold on to the lead, well it's difficult to determine what to think and feel after this game. There were clearly alot of positives though. Zlatan (and PSG before the end) had a great game and he scored. Let's take that with us to Tuesday.
2' - 1-0. Zlatan Ibrahimović, PSG.
40' - 2-0. Ezequiel Lavezzi, PSG.
89' - 2-1. Sala, Caen.
90+2' - 2-2. Bazile, Caen.