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Cavani rescues PSG in Strasbourg stalemate

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saved a point for Paris Saint-Germain as the leaders slipped for the second time in a week with a hugely entertaining 1-1 draw at

The Uruguayan striker fired home a 71st-minute penalty to maintain PSG's unbeaten record after 16 games despite a disjointed performance without injured star attacker Neymar, equalising Kenny Lala's own spot-kick for the spirited hosts four minutes before the break on Wednesday.

However, Thomas Tuchel's side, who also drew at Bordeaux at the weekend and started without and Thiago Silva, remain way ahead of the rest after a night in full of late goals, incident and VAR.

Champions PSG are 14 points ahead of Lille, who moved second on Tuesday after beating Montpellier 1-0 and stayed there thanks to and leading Rennes to a 2-0 win at on Wednesday.

Bruno Genesio's are fourth, 15 points behind PSG, while inconsistent are a further two points back after a 3-2 defeat at Nantes.

- Night of drama -

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The video referees were involved in a series of key decisions on Wednesday, and it was VAR that helped take the lead over PSG, with referee awarding Lala's spot kick a full four minutes after Thilo Kehrer handled Lionel Carole's fizzing cross.

The half-time deficit led Tuchel to bring Mbappe off the bench, and it was France's star who won the penalty that blasted past Matz Sels, Lala hacking the 19-year-old superstar down in the box.

PSG looked a different proposition to the sluggish team that slogged through the opening period, and Kehrer thought he had made amends for giving away the opening penalty six minutes after the break, only to see his header saved at point-blank range by Sels.

However as the half wore on the away side ran out of ideas and made a push for the win in the final minutes.

Substitute forced a superb stop from with a minute left, and the 24-year-old thought he had snatched a famous win deep in time when he headed home Youssouf Fofana's pinpoint cross.

However, while the majority of the crowd celebrated wildly, the linesman's flag was rightly raised to rule the unfortunate Thomasson's goal out for offside.

Chief among the other crucials decisions helped by VAR on a dramatic night was Loick Landre's 96th-minute winner for Nimes at Caen, which came after had levelled at 1-1 in the 90th minute and was eventually given after Landre was found to be onside.

VAR also came to Bordeaux's assistance by awarding the penalty slotted home by as they followed up on drawing with PSG at the weekend with a last gasp 3-2 win over Champions League-chasing Saint-Etienne at the Matmut Atlantique. Pablo bagged the points in the final minute.

Dijon sank rock-bottom Guingamp further into the relegation mire thanks to Oussama Haddadi scoring four minutes in time to hand the hosts a 2-1 win.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 12:05 IST
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