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PSG held 1-1 at Sochaux in French league

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm •  Published: April 27, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Relegation-embattled Sochaux put Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations on hold by salvaging a 1-1 draw in the French league on Sunday.

PSG striker Edinson Cavani chested down a long ball from Thiago Motta to fire in an off-balance strike in the 24th minute, but Sochaux equalized with an own goal from PSG centerback Thiago Silva in the 56th.

PSG leads Monaco by eight points at the top of the league with just three rounds left.

"The trouble is that people think it's a done deal," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "The more people say it, the more we also believe it. ... I know we haven't won the league yet. There's not much missing but we still miss that little something."

Elsewhere, Lille beat Bordeaux 2-1 to stay third and keep a seven-point lead over Saint-Etienne in the hunt for the last Champions League berth.

Lyon thrashed mid-table Bastia 4-1 to consolidate fifth place and move five points clear of Marseille in the race for a Europa League spot.

Sochaux pressed high in the opening minutes to disrupt the defending champions' passing game. But PSG soon dominated possession and had its first scoring chance when Cavani's curling shot was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Yohann Pele in the 20th.

PSG winger Lucas Moura's header from the subsequent corner was cleared off the line by Sochaux right back Julien Faussurier.

The visitors broke the deadlock four minutes later when Cavani outpaced the Sochaux defense to shoot past Pele for his 16th league goal.

Salvatore Sirigu protected his team's lead by saving a close-range effort from Sochaux midfielder Sebastien Roudet on the stroke of halftime after Jordan Ayew had played him in with a backheel flick.

However, the PSG goalkeeper allowed Sochaux to rally in the second half. Sirigu diverted a cross from Sochaux left back Florian Marange and the ball bounced off Thiago Silva to sail into the net.

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