Paris did not start the cutthroat Champions League matches in the best possible way, conceding an unexpected draw on Wednesday at Elverum in the round of 16 first leg (30-30). Reduced by the absence of Mikkel Hansen (pulmonary embolism) and the less expected glitches of Luka Karabatic and Vincent Gérard, who hardly came out of the bench, PSG did not go the distance.
Despite these absences, the French champion seemed to logically gain the upper hand over a very young opponent who was deprived of his best player, the future Parisian Dominik Mathé (knee). By relying on Kamil Syprzak (12 goals), always formidable at the pivot, PSG counted up to five goals in advance (15-20, 36th). But then he came up against the Norwegian defense. Elverum took the opportunity to come back and take the lead for the first time in the 55th minute (27-26). Luc Steins restored the advantage to the Parisians, but Eric Johansson equalized with a missile at the last second.
PSG remain big favorites to reach the quarters, but everything will remain to be accomplished on the return, Thursday April 7 (8:45 p.m.) in Coubertin. Against an opponent who has absolutely nothing to lose.