Anthony Caci’s stoppage-time goal sealed a dramatic comeback for Strasbourg against PSG, boosting their chances of qualifying for Europe.
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Julien Stephan’s team trailed 3-1 entering the last 15 minutes, but Marco Verratti’s own goal gave them hope before Caci volleyed home Dimitri Lienard’s left-wing cross in the 91st minute to clinch a thrilling draw.
Strasbourg, who were in the second tier as recently as 2017 and in the fourth tier a decade ago, are now fifth in the standings and on track for their best top-flight result in more than 40 years.
Kevin Gameiro, a former PSG striker, had opened the score for Strasbourg, only for Kylian Mbappe to equalize for the visitors before halftime.
PSG seemed to be on track for another triumph after two goals in four second-half minutes from Achraf Hakimi and Mbappe.
However, Verratti’s own goal cut the lead in half before Caci’s stunning effort sealed the comeback and threw the Stade de la Meinau into ecstasy.
If Strasbourg can hold on to fifth place, it would be their best Ligue 1 result since 1980, and they will qualify for their second European campaign in four years. There is also a real chance for a Champions League spot since the squad is just two points behind third place.
It’s a dream come true for a team that went bankrupt a decade ago and was playing in the fourth division.
The draw will have minimal impact on PSG’s season since the title is already clinched, but it may increase the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino.
Over the last week, the former Tottenham manager has been forced to address questions about his future at the club, while current Spurs coach Antonio Conte has been forced to dismiss claims that he is being lined up for the post at Parc des Princes.