Balogun is ready for the big time! Winners, losers & ratings as PSG's Ligue 1 title defence is dealt another blow by Arsenal loanee
Folarin Balogun's 96th minute equaliser gave Reims a deserved 1-1 draw against a sloppy Paris Saint-Germain, who dropped more points in the title race
In 95 minutes, Folarin Balogun missed two clear chances. One went over the bar and another was saved. But when presented with his third of the night, in the 96th, he didn't miss. The Arsenal loanee scampered through on goal, rounded Gianluigi Donnarumma and lashed the ball home to snatch a point for mid-table Reims against Ligue 1 leaders PSG.
It was a deserved result for Reims, who were the better team for long stretches, and came away from the Parc de Princes with a hard-earned point. And Balogun was the star man on the day.
He scored the equaliser, and offered constant energy throughout proceedings, looking the best forward on a pitch shared with Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar.
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Still, it's these games that PSG are expected to win. And they almost did. After a sloppy first 45 minutes, PSG struck early in the second half. Neymar latched onto a loose ball behind the Reims defence, rounded the keeper and finished from a narrow-angle for a 1-0 lead.
PSG's momentum was stalled, though, with the sending off of substitute Marco Verratti, who sank his studs into Junya Ito's ankle, earning himself a straight red. PSG had other chances, but couldn't capitalize, and Balogun's equalizer snatched a point for Reims with the last kick of the game.
The result means that PSG are still only three points clear at the Ligue 1 summit, as they failed to capitalise on Lens' 1-1 draw with Troyes on Saturday. The title race is still very much alive, and it's all thanks to the Arsenal loanee.
Check out GOAL's winners, losers and ratings below.
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