Ibrahimovic salvages draw for PSG against Anderlecht

Tue Nov 5, 2013 5:48pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic salvaged a 1-1 home draw for Paris St Germain against Anderlecht as the French champions were made to wait for a Champions League last-16 spot on Tuesday.

Demy De Zeeuw opened the scoring for the Belgians in the 68th minute, only for Ibrahimovic to equalise two minutes later from inside the area.

Anderlecht were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Sacha Kljestan was shown a second yellow card, but the visitors, who lost 5-0 at home to PSG two weeks ago, held firm.

The French side lead Group C with 10 points from four games, three ahead of Olympiakos who beat Benfica 1-0. Benfica have four points and Anderlecht are bottom with one point.

"I would not say we lacked the desire to play," PSG coach Laurent Blanc told a news conference.

"We were too average in all departments, we were not good technically, which had not happened to us in a along time.

"Anderlecht were rewarded for their efforts. They are good, well-organized team."

"We faced a team looking to avoid defeat and we did not do what we had to do," said PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi.   Continued...

Paris St-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's first goal during their Champions League soccer match against Anderlecht at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes