Leading French club Paris Saint-Germain is starting to make a habit of fluffing its lines.
Last month, PSG somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Manchester United in the Champions League. Fast forward to Sunday and the French club had been widely expected to be basking in the glory of its sixth Ligue 1 title in seven seasons.
Instead all the talk after a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg – ensuring PSG’s title celebrations were put on ice – was arguably the worst miss in the history of football courtesy of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
With the score at 1-1, Choupo-Moting’s teammate Christopher Nkunku had produced a wonderful piece of skill to chip Strasbourg goalkeeper Matz Sels and his shot looked to be rolling harmlessly over the line.
Then Cameroon international Choupo-Moting needlessly took a touch and somehow diverted the ball onto the foot of the post from less than a yard out to prevent his side from regaining the lead.
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‘Sorry about that’
The former Stoke City forward moved to the French capital at the beginning of the season and has made the majority of his 18 league appearances from the bench – scoring three goals in the process.
“I wondered if I was offside and it all happened very fast. I touched the ball, it hit the post and, well, it’s a real shame because the ball was going in. Sorry about that,” Choupo-Moting, who had put PSG ahead in the first half, told Canal+ after the match.
After second-placed Lille drew with Reims earlier on Sunday, PSG had needed three points to clinch the title but could only manage a 2-2 draw against Strasbourg courtesy of a late equalizer from Presnel Kimpembe.
The reigning champions remain 20 points clear at the top of the table with just eight games remaining so Thomas Tuchel’s side will have plenty of chances to retain its crown.
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Choupo-Moting was starting his latest match in the place of superstar Kylian Mbappe, and the World Cup winner reached out to his red-faced teammate following the astonishing miss.
“Shame about the title tonight, we tried to do what we could,” he wrote on Instagram, tagging Choupo-Moting.
“Big up to Choupo-Moting. I have missed a lot more than you have this season, we stay united as a group and we will support you until the end.”
Choupo-Moting’s miss was in stark contrast to Gerard Deulofeu’s glorious finish for Watford in the FA Cup semifinal against Wolves.
The former Barcelona forward produced a remarkable chip that would have made Lionel Messi proud as his side produced a dramatic comeback to reach the final.