After an emphatic 9-0 win over local side Stegersbach on Wednesday, in a first pre-season friendly match, Saturday's opponents promised a sterner test for Les Rouge et Bleu. CSKA Moscow, three-time Russian champion and winner of the 2005 UEFA Cup (now Europa League), were looking to fine-tune their own preparations for the resumption of the league in a week's time.
Right from the outset, Paris took the game to their opposition. Armand broke down the left and crossed for Hoarau whose header flashed just wide of the mark (3'). Down the right side, Chantôme crossed for Lavezzi but the Argentine, making his debut in Rouge et Bleu saw his header fly over (14'). The Moscow side hit back and Tosic's pile driver was punched clear by Douchez. Doumbia fired the follow-up wide (22'). Lavezzi then sliced through the CSKA backline only to be tackled in extremis (26') while Bisevac was on hand to deny Doumbia a shooting opportunity (27'). It was scoreless at the break and there was little difference between the two sides, despite CSKA advanced preparation. The lively CSKA forward Doumbia, sent another missile at Douchez who boxed it away (49'), before Akinfeev was called into action up the other end. The Russia international 'keeper saved from Pastore (57') before watching Rabiot's effort wide (58'). The Moscow 'keeper also denied Gameiro's shot, but this time Luyindula was on hand to open the scoring with the rebound (0-1, 59'). Akinfeev then palmed away shots from Gameiro and Jallet (63') as Paris took control.
PSG made that control count just minutes later when Tiéné raided down the left and crossed to the back post where Gameiro was on hand for an outside of the foot finish (0-2, 64'). The second goal saw the capital club take the foot off the gas and Honda found Dzagoev in the area as CSKA fought their way back into the game (1-2, 68'). Doumbia then pounced on a misjudged back pass from Jallet to Douchez to net the equaliser (2-2, 78'). The match finished in a deserved 2-2 draw and after a ten-day camp in Austria, PSG now returns to their habitual training complex, the Camp des Loges for a few days before jetting out for a second pre-season training camp in New York and Washington where they will take on Chelsea and D.C. United before tackling FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes. A nice pre-season menu indeed!
Vincent Guérin Photos : C.Gavelle/PSG