In the immediate aftermath of the goal, Ibrahimovic released Ezequiel Lavezzi with a fine pass but the Argentine was thwarted by the keeper. Several other chances would be squandered before the break, with Thiago Silva twice going close before he was dismissed. Going down to 10 men winded the hosts at the beginning of the second period but they mustered a great siege on the Valenciennes goal in the second period. Pennteau was again immaculate, though, making fine blocks from Pastore and Alex after watching Ibrahimovic shoot agonisingly wide following a moment of magic from the Swede. Valenciennes could not hold out, however, with Alex finally drawing the hosts level with a thumping header. Having missed their chance to secure the Championnat title, PSG now face a very tricky trip to Olympique Lyonnais next Sunday as they attempt to lift their first league crown in 19 years. A win at Stade Gerland will secure the long-awaited title.