Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Bordeaux: Champions pegged back again as old boys combine

By Sports Desk November 28, 2020

Paris Saint-Germain dropped points from a winning position for the second week running as Bordeaux recovered a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.

PSG collapsed from two goals up to lose at Monaco in their previous Ligue 1 game and again failed to make the most of an advantage after Neymar had turned Saturday's match in their favour.

The champions trailed to debutant Timothee Pembele's 10th-minute own goal, but Neymar equalised with a penalty he won himself for his 50th Ligue 1 strike in his 58th appearance - a 21st-century record - and then had a hand in Moise Kean's swift second.

Thomas Tuchel's side were comfortable until 20-year-old PSG academy graduate Yacine Adli brought Bordeaux back level less than two minutes after his introduction, dealing the capital club another early blow in their title defence.

Second-placed Lille can now move level on points at the summit with victory at Saint-Etienne on Sunday, perhaps sensing an opportunity as PSG stumble from one blunder to the next.

Pembele's headed own goal from Hatem Ben Arfa's corner, needlessly conceded by Presnel Kimpembe, set the tone for the chaos that was to come.

Benoit Costil saved well from Alessandro Florenzi following wonderful work by Rafinha, but the goalkeeper was outwitted by Neymar from 12 yards after the Brazil superstar took possession from Ben Arfa, tempted a trip from Otavio and successfully appealed for a VAR review.

PSG were in front just 65 seconds later as Costil clumsily spilled Neymar's shot and Kean rifled in the rebound.

Costil was more convincing as he turned Kylian Mbappe's finish over and produced an even better save moments later to help an effort from the same man onto the post, before Sergio Rico got down to a Mehdi Zerkane attempt at the other end.

An exquisite Mbappe backheel was ruled out for offside shortly after the restart and PSG were made to pay when Adli shaped a fine finish inside the right-hand post from Ben Arfa's square ball.

Ben Arfa appeared determined to rock his former side further, sending substitute Nicolas de Preville clear to see a shot saved, but had to settle instead for a point that represents a far better result for his current employers.

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