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  • Updated: December 23, 2021

Ligue 1: Icardi Rescues Point For 10-Man PSG Against Lowly Lorient

Ligue 1: Icardi Rescues Point For 10-Man PSG Against Lowly L

Mauro Icardi rose to the fore for Paris Saint-Germain as he snatched a last-minute goal against Lorient in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday as substitute Sergio Ramos was shown a red card.

In their final outing of 2021, PSG trailed in Brittany to Thomas Monconduit's thunderous first-half strike for Lorient until Icardi rescued a point with a header in the 91st minute.

Ramos had come off the bench at the start of the second half for just his third appearance since moving to France from Real Madrid in the close season, but he was dismissed four minutes from time after receiving a second yellow card.

PSG, with top scorer Kylian Mbappe and playmaker Marco Verratti both missing due to suspension and Neymar still out injured, produced another worryingly sub-standard performance that will put the focus on the coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine, approaching the first anniversary of his appointment, has struggled to get the very best out of PSG's array of superstar players, although they sit a huge 13 points clear of their nearest challengers Nice and Marseille at the French season's halfway stage.

"In terms of results we are still in all competitions, so in that regard, we are doing fine," Pochettino said.

"In terms of performances, we are still trying to get the best out of the team.

"The first few months of the season have been intense with lots of travelling. We are sure that in time we will get there but we know we need to improve a lot."

The Parisians, who will play Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, were lucky to avoid defeat against a Lorient side who had lost their last eight matches and had not won a game in three months.

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