PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain dug deep to come back from two goals down and draw 2-2 at Saint-Etienne on Sunday, extending its unbeaten record to 30 games and staying ahead of Monaco on goal difference at the top of the French league.
After Edinson Cavani had pulled a goal back for PSG, midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored a fortuitous goal deep into injury time as PSG took advantage of playing with an extra man for most of the second half after Saint-Etienne midfielder Fabien Lemoine was sent off.
"It was a difficult night for us, it was an intense game," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "Saint-Etienne are really good at home and they don't let you breathe."
Saint-Etienne rocked PSG as it played without fear and took the game to Blanc's side. Last season, Saint-Etienne won away to PSG, drew at home and knocked PSG out of the League Cup quarterfinals, and it looked in complete control after goals from wingers Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma.
"I think we were too average to get the three points and Saint-Etienne deserved at least a point," Blanc said.
But after Lemoine's red card in the 58th minute, Cavani turned in Maxwell's cross from the left 10 minutes later for his seventh goal of the season and then Matuidi's lofted pass beat goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier after bouncing in front of him with Cavani almost getting the final touch.
"I am proud of my players, but I feel disappointed for them because we gave everything and we caved in with a player less," Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier said. "It's a shame, but the crowd can be proud of them."
Earlier, Monaco beat Lyon 2-1 thanks to Radamel Falcao's eighth goal of the season and Mounir Obbadi's first.
PSG spent most of the first half on the back foot as Corgnet went close with a shot from 25 meters and then scored in the 18th minute following a bad error from PSG center half Marquinhos.
The Brazilian was far too casual as he cleared the ball and hit it straight to Hamouma. He then teed up Corgnet just inside the penalty area and his first-time shot flew past PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and into the top right corner.
Brazilian striker Brandao went close to doubling Saint-Etienne's lead but dragged his shot just wide of the post in the 29th, and midfielder Loic Perrin headed wide from a corner for a dominant home side.