PARIS: Bordeaux recovered from falling behind to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to hold champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in a rearranged game in Ligue 1 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
Ibrahimovic had put the visitors in front with his 36th league goal of a remarkable campaign just before the hour mark, but Nicolas Pallois equalized for Bordeaux shortly after.
With PSG having been crowned champions in record quick time two months ago and Bordeaux safely in mid-table after pulling clear of trouble, this match had a distinct end-of-season feel to it.
The draw takes PSG’s all-time record points tally to 93, some 28 ahead of Lyon in second, but they were some way short of their irresistible best in the absence of the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani.
Paris should have been in front late in the first half but Lucas Moura somehow contrived to miss with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Alone six yards out, the Brazilian only needed to help an Ibrahimovic shot into the net but instead barely made contact with the ball, allowing Jerome Prior to save.
At the other end, Kevin Trapp saved well from Jaroslav Plasil and Diego Rolan in the first half, before Ibrahimovic struck on 59 minutes.
Angel Di Maria crossed from the right and the Swede peeled away from Brazilian defender Pablo to head home.
Named France’s player of the year for the third time in four seasons at the weekend, Ibrahimovic now has 46 goals in all competitions for the campaign.
His league tally leaves him just one away from equaling Argentine striker Carlos Bianchi’s club record of 37 in a top-flight campaign, set back in 1978.
Bordeaux were level just seven minutes later, though, as the giant Malian Cheick Diabate headed on a corner for Pallois to lash home at the back post.
Shortly after that, Ibrahimovic came off with what looked like a minor calf knock, but he will hope to be fit in time for Saturday’s final league game of the season against Nantes at the Parc des Princes.