The Ligue 1 opener brought in a lot of drama as promised where the defending champions had to stay content with a single point from their first hunt in the league this season that finished with two goals for either sides. The hosts would take the result rather happily coming back from an eleventh spot finish in the league last season.
The attacking trio of the PSG looked lethal from the beginning, making several inroads for the outfit. The opening goal came in the 7th minute from none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic who reaped the harvest of a magical pass from Javier Pastore.
Only a few minutes later, Zlatan was once again in the thick of things after being fed with a quality pass from Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. The Swede though, failed to make the most of it and hit the vertical woodwork to squander a chance of doubling the lead.
In the very next minute, PSG won a controversial penalty on Tacalfred’s challenge on their No.10 that would seem clean to many eyes. However Zlatan’s tame effort from the spot was easily parried away by opponent custodian Johnny Placide.
The underdogs leveled the score in the 22nd minute when Oniangue put the ball into the net off a Diego Rigonato freekick from the left.
It was not long before the hosts made it 2-1 from a classic finish by Devaux off Charbonnier’s impeccable ground cross.
The first half continued to be an orchestra of dismay for the visitors as they went on without converting the numerous chances that they created. Placide stood a hero for the home team, a dependable guardian between the posts.
The teams went into the break with Reims leading the scoreline 2-1.
However, it was Ibrahimovic who restored parity in the game when a ball lofted by him towards the far post for Cavani was flapped into his own net by Placide. Pastore, who had a brilliant game today, once again was the key architect behind PSG’s strike. This was the perfect start that he might have hoped for this season and his performance may raise questions on his absence from the national squad in their World Cup endeavours earlier this summer.
The drama reached its climax when Zlatan’s 93 minute header was denied by a goal-line clearance by Aissa Mandi and the travelers had to content with a single point.
Reims – Placide, Signorino, Bourillon, Tacalfred, Mandi, Devaux, Fortes, Oniangue, Diego Rigonato (83′ Glombard), Albaek (68′ B. Ca), Charbonnier (67′ Courtet)
PSG – Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Digne, Van der Weil, Lucas Moura (72′ Bahebeck), Thiago Motta, Veratti (87′ Chantome), Cavani, Pastore, Ibrahimovic