Montpellier 0-0 PSG: Star studded Parisians fire blanks
Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 23/09/2017
Kylian Mbpape and Edison Cavani could not break resilence Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson in the week seven of the Ligue 1 encounter on Saturday evening. World most expensive star Neymar was missing from the game due to a minor foot injury he sustains in training with Julian Draxler replace the Brazilain star and Marco Verratti gets his first game in Ligue 1 after coming in from suspension he received from last season. First Half Thiago Motta takes his second hard knock within the opening ten minutes of the game with the first clear chance for PSG on the 16th minutes of the encounter first clear chance falls to Edison Cavani whose close-range effort is blocked by a Montpellier defender.On the 19th minutes great run down the left side from Kylian Mbappe who then passes to Julian Draxler, but the German's shot is deflected away by his opposition defender to corner.34th minutes of the first half with no goals with an attempt from PSG skipper Thiago Silva header from the center of the box misses to the right after an assist from Draxler with a cross following a corner.37th minutes an error from Montpellier gives PSG a golden scoring opportunity, only for the referee to call a handball on the visitors, 44th minutes Yuri Berchiche puts plenty of power but not much direction into a shot from distance which saves from Montpellier goalkeeper Lecomte.The center referee end the first half with the scoreline remained goalless at the break between Montpellier and PSG Second Half 47th France international Mbappe with a close-range shot that forces the diving save from Montpellier stopper Lecomte and five minutes later Mbappe yet again, this time with a chip shot at the near post that causes some headaches for the home team goalkeeper Lecomte.58th minutes more from the Pressure from dethroned champions PSG in attack with Cavani and Mbappe both come close to giving Paris base club the lead.Six minutes later a brilliant ball from the Italy international Verratti for Mbappe, whose close-range effort is cleared away by Ruben Aguilar, with the first substitution on the 67 minutes for PSG as Lucas Moura replaces German star, Draxler.A minute's later good goalkeeping from PSG number one Alphonse Areola to charge off his line a break up a dangerous Montpellier counter-attack, with the second substitution for PSG on the 70th minutes Dani Alves, coming in for another right back Thomas Meunier.79th minutes a sliding tackle from Pedro Mendes on Uruguay forward Cavani inside the box with center ref wave and no penalty was given, and 80th minutes with a third and final substitution for PSG as Giovani Lo Celso replaces Brazilian born Italian midfielder Thiago Motta.85th minutes a risky play in the back from Lecomte, and Mbappe almost makes him pay for it,90th four minutes of stoppage time given by the fourth official.90+2 Cavani gets tangled up by a Montpellier defender inside the box as he was threatening to shoot and PSG held to a 0-0 draw by Montpellier after the full-time final whistle was blown.