The superstars of PSG are second best, as Wijnaldum nets in injury time to earn the visitors a fortunate draw at Lens!
Georginio Wijnaldum was Paris Saint-Germain’s saviour, with a late goal, as the Ligue 1 leaders managed a lucky 1-1 draw at Lens on Saturday.
The Dutch midfielder nodded home two minutes into second-half injury time, to cancel out Seko Fofana’s 62th-minute opener and put PSG on 42 points from 17 games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit, who once again looked desperately lacking in ideas, now lead second-placed Rennes by 11 points.
Lens, who wasted several opportunities to kill off the game, before Wijnaldum’s equaliser, remain fifth on 27 points.
With Kylian Mbappé on the bench, as Pochettino looked to rest the France forward, Les Parisiens had the first clear chance when Lionel Messi’s shot struck the outside of the upright in the 19th minute.
But it was Franck Haise’s Lens who looked the better side, with Jonathan Clauss and Arnaud Kalimiuendo both going close before the interval.
The hosts finally broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute, when Keylor Navas’s horrible error in goal allowed Fofana to score with a strike from just outside the box.
Seven minutes later, David Costa’s strike hit Navas’s post before rebounding into the PSG keeper’s arms, as Lens continued to apply pressure.
Przemysław Frankowski tested Navas again at the end of a high-tempo counter-attack, but PSG survived.
Florian Sotoca’s attempt went just wide nine minutes from time and it proved to be Lens’s last clear chance before Mbappé, who came on as a 70th-minute substitute, found Wijnaldum with a fantastic cross from the left flank.
The Dutchman timed his jump expertly to beat goalkeeper, Jean-Louis Leca, with a header that flew into the top corner and gave PSG their only satisfaction of the night.