PSG’s perfect Ligue 1 record ends with Bordeuax draw

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PARIS (AP) Bordeaux held Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-2 draw on Sunday to finally end the runaway leader’s streak of 14 straight wins in the French league.

PSG now leads second-placed Montpellier by 14 points.

PSG twice took the lead, through star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. But substitute Andreas Cornelius leveled for the hosts with a fine glancing header from a cross in the 84th minute.

Neymar gave PSG the lead in the 34th with a neat volley from inside the penalty area, but went off around 10 minutes into the second half and headed straight to the dressing room. It was not immediately clear if he had picked up an injury. Neymar exited with an apparent groin injury during Brazil’s friendly match against Cameroon on Nov. 20.

“I think it is (the same injury). I don’t know yet,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “We have to be very attentive. The pitch was very hard to play on.”

Neymar’s 11th league goal of the season went to a video review before being awarded. It seemed harsh on Bordeaux, considering Mbappe appeared marginally offside and to be slightly obscuring the view of goalkeeper Benoit Costil when the ball went in.

After veteran forward Jimmy Briand equalized with a well-worked goal in the 54th, Mbappe sprinted through to collect Julian Draxler’s pass and slot home the second in the 66th.

“We wanted to beat them. We can be proud of the fact we’re the first team to take points from them,” Briand said. “We tried to be aggressive, because we know they don’t like it.”

PSG could have scored more with winger Angel Di Maria hitting the post and the crossbar. But slack defending allowed Cornelius enough space to salvage a point for 11th-place Bordeaux.

“It was a very tight game. They were very strong tactically,” PSG defender Marquinhos said. “They deserved it, they played the right way.”