Football: Last-gasp winner from Blaise Matuidi helps PSG go level with Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain's midfielder Blaise Matuidi (right) celebrates after scoring in the match against Metz.
Paris Saint-Germain's midfielder Blaise Matuidi (right) celebrates after scoring in the match against Metz. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Blaise Matuidi netted a double as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) snatched a last-gap 3-2 win at Metz to put the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco on Tuesday.

French international midfielder Matuidi struck three minutes into stoppage time to seal the victory that puts PSG, who have played 33 games, behind Monaco, who have a game in hand, only on goal difference, with 77 points each.

PSG had a two-goal lead after Edinson Cavani and Matuidi had found the back of the net in the first half, only for Metz to equalise through late goals from Yann Jouffre and Cheick Diabate.

Metz, who are 15th on 36 points, were quickly overwhelmed by a confident PSG side.

In the 33rd minute, Ligue 1 top scorer Cavani opened the scoring by heading in Maxwell's cross.

Three minutes later, Maxwell was at it again, finding Matuidi with a through ball for the midfielder to score from just inside the box.

Jouffre gave Metz some hope in the 78th minute with a brilliant free-kick from 25 metres and 10 minutes later, Diabate volleyed home to equalise.

Jouffre came close to giving the hosts all three points in injury time when his free kick struck the crossbar, but it was PSG who won it when Matuidi headed home from Javier Pastore's cross in the third minute of extra time.