Friday, 21 October 2011

Slovan Bratislava 0-0 PSG: Digging deep as red mist descends

A ban on a group of naughty travelling supporters, and a subsequent boycott by the other, non-naughty travelling supporters meant there was very little Parisien presence in Slovakia last night as PSG ground out a 0-0 stale-mate with Slovan Bratislava in their latest Europa League Group F fixture.

Those not present missed a match which turned from two points dropped to a point gained in the blink of a second-half eye, with Clement Chantome and Siaka Tiene sent off in quick succession, meaning Antoine Kombouare's side were reduced to nine men for the last ten minutes but showed good presence of mind to dig in and hold on for a draw.

PSG had squandered several good chances to go in front, while at the other end Nicholas Douchez, making his customary Europa League appearance, was only called into action a couple of times, even after the red cards.

"It's just a point," said non-plussed guardien Shower at the end of the match. "In the end we may be relieved to have got a draw buton the whole we should have pocketed three points. It's a game we should have won easily."

Indeed, it's one I had us down to win, and the result puts a little bit of pressure on the last three matches. With two home fixtures to come we *should* still be able to make it through, but three points in the return clash against Bratislava in a couple of weeks is vital if we're to progress to the knock-out stage.


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