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Trapp nightmare as PSG held to draw

BORDEAUX BEAT ODDS:The visitors overcame a bus breakdown and the second-half dismissal of their captain to take the first points away from Paris since March


Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria, right, kicks the ball past Henri Saivet of Girondins de Bordeaux during their game at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday.

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Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp endured a nightmare evening as the reigning French champions saw their perfect start to the season ended in a 2-2 draw against 10-man Girondins de Bordeaux on Friday.

PSG had looked set to make it five straight Ligue 1 wins to start the campaign thanks to an Edinson Cavani first-half brace either side of Henri Saivet’s equalizer.

However, German goalkeeper Trapp, who had already been at fault in the first goal, was caught in possession in the box by Wahbi Khazri with 11 minutes left, allowing the Bordeaux player to snatch a point for his side.

It was a sweet result for the visitors, who had been forced to take the metro earlier in the day when their bus broke down and were reduced to 10 men shortly before their second goal when skipper Saivet was sent off.

The result denied PSG what would have been a record-equaling 14th successive win in France’s top flight.

Ironically, that record is still held by the 2009 Bordeaux side coached by current Paris boss Laurent Blanc, and in March, les Girondins were the last team to take anything from the capital club in the league.

That day, their 3-2 victory in southwestern France was overshadowed by an extraordinary rant by Zlatan Ibrahimovic at match officials.

Bordeaux’s performance on Friday was overshadowed by the disastrous display by Trapp, who had previously not conceded a goal since signing in the summer from Eintracht Frankfurt to usurp Salvatore Sirigu.

“He is a goalkeeper who takes lots of risks. I ask him to take risks. I hope next time things will turn out better for him, but he won’t change his way of playing,” Blanc said. “That’s football. We could have played the same game and won, but it wouldn’t change my analysis. We were not good enough in lots of areas.”

“The players showed great spirit and never gave up, but both goalkeepers gave out gifts today,” Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol said. “It was German goodwill [from Trapp] to help with his adaptation in France.”

Ibrahimovic was not involved, the Swede resting after suffering an abdominal injury on international duty and eager to return against his old club Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Angel di Maria made his first PSG start, lining up on the right of a front three also featuring Cavani and Lucas.

Di Maria was lively, weaving his way into central positions from the right flank, but it was Cavani who opened the scoring just past the midway point in the first period after a moment Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso will want to forget.

When he fumbled a harmless ball inside the area, Cavani pounced, controlling and volleying high into the net. The former Olympique de Marseille shot-stopper was taunted by the PSG fans, but Bordeaux were back level on the half-hour mark courtesy of more suspect goalkeeping, this time from Trapp.

Khazri’s left-wing corner was helped on by Saivet at the near post, but it was Trapp who got the decisive final touch, fumbling the ball over the line when he really should have saved.

Nevertheless, the match quickly swung back the home side’s way, and Cavani restored their lead on 34 minutes, his free-kick not right in the corner, but leaving Carrasso rooted to the spot regardless.

Carrasso then redeemed himself for his earlier error with a crucial save just before the interval to deny Di Maria a first goal in French soccer after Nicolas Pallois had been caught in possession by Lucas. Trapp made up for his mistake at the equalizer by getting a vital touch to a net-bound Enzo Crivelli header and taking the ball away from debutant Brazilian defender Pablo, who was arriving at the back post.

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