Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain
recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on
Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.
Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and
Matuidi quickly added a second at the Stade Saint-Symphorien as
PSG sought to crank up the pressure on Monaco.
But Yann Jouffre pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to play
before fellow substitute Cheick Diabate prodded home an
88th-minute equaliser, with Jouffre then crashing another
free-kick against the crossbar.
However France midfielder Matuidi grabbed his second of the game
deep into stoppage time to keep the defending champions right on
the heels of Monaco, who have a game in hand on Unai Emery's
PSG could provisionally go top of the table when they host
Montpellier on Saturday, with Monaco facing Borussia Dortmund in
the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on
Wednesday before Sunday's trip to fourth-placed Lyon.
The capital club are hunting a third successive sweep of the
domestic trophies and should have gone ahead against Metz on 24
minutes when Lucas somehow failed to convert Maxwell's low cross.
But Cavani was far more clinical as the full-back flighted
another ball into the box, the Uruguayan burying a powerful
header past a helpless Eiji Kawashima on 33 minutes.
Cavani became the first player in Europe's top leagues to reach
the 30-goal mark this term, although he remains eight behind
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's single-season club record with five games
Maxwell was also at the origin of PSG's second just three minutes
later as the Brazilian released Matuidi in behind the defence and
the Frenchman smashed beyond Kawashima at his near post.
With Metz hovering five points above the drop zone coach Philippe
Hinschberger rotated his side ahead of this weekend's clash
against third-from-bottom Lorient and the absence of Jouffre,
Diabate and Ismaila Sarr was telling.
The trio were thrust into action inside the final half hour and
immediately made an impact, as Jouffre curled a set-piece won by
Diabate past a stranded Kevin Trapp to give Metz a lifeline.
And it looked as if PSG's title hopes were in grave danger when
the towering Diabate stretched out his boot to stab Sarr's
right-wing cross just inside the far post.
But after Jouffre rattled the bar in a frenetic finale, Matuidi
rose unmarked to head in a Javier Pastore cross and keep PSG
firmly in the running for a fifth successive league title.