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PSG salvages draw at Reims in French league opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm •  Published: August 8, 2014

REIMS, France (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic saved defending champion Paris Saint-Germain from defeat in its French league opener by scoring twice in a 2-2 draw at Reims on Friday.

The Sweden striker opened the scoring in the seventh minute but missed a penalty kick 13 minutes later.

Reims midfielder Prince Oniangue equalized from close range in the 22nd before Antoine Devaux gave the hosts the lead in the 34th.

Ibrahimovic salvaged a point with a lob from a tight angle in the 63rd.

"Tonight we didn't do what we needed to do in order to win this match," PSG coach Laurent Blanc told Canal Plus television. "No disrespect to Reims, but I think PSG gave away the match tonight, because we should have killed the game after 20 minutes."

PSG missed Ezequiel Lavezzi, David Luiz, Maxwell, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye, who are building up fitness after playing at the World Cup.

On Saturday, it's: Bastia vs. Marseille; Evian vs. Caen; Guingamp vs. Saint-Etienne; Lille vs. Metz; Montpellier vs. Bordeaux; Nantes vs. Lens; and Nice vs. Toulouse.

On Sunday, Monaco hosts Lorient and Rennes visits Lyon.

Ibrahimovic was the top league scorer in the last two seasons and lived up to his reputation by taking a pass from Javier Pastore to slip the ball through the legs of Reims goalkeeper Johny Placide for the opening goal.

PSG could have led by as many as four goals after only 20 minutes but proved wasteful.

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