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Played
May 3, 2012 5:00 AM EST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ S. Ennjimi‎
Attendance:‬ 43961‎
 
21′ (PG) Nenê
 
 

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Saint-Etienne: Nene and Pastore ensure Ancelotti’s men home in on top spot

A penalty from the Brazilian in the first half plus a late strike from the Argentine mean that PSG's Ligue 1 title dreams are still very much alive going into the final furlong

By Robin Bairner

Coupe de France : Nene (Dijon vs Paris SG)
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Paris Saint-Germain took advantage of Montpellier’s Tuesday-night slip against Evian by beating Saint-Etienne 2-0 at the Parc des Princes to close the gap at the summit of Ligue 1 to just three points.

A controversial penalty from Nene was sufficient to settle the match, with the Brazilian converting midway through the first half after Sylvain Marchal was adjudged to have fouled Jeremy Menez in the box, but Javier Pastore added a second late on for good measure.

PSG would be far the more aggressive force in the first half, but Sainte defended stoutly, even if they offered little when they were in possession. As a result, the home side were stilted at times, though the pace of Menez would inject some life into proceedings, and it was when he crashed to ground in the box that the home side were awarded the penalty that Nene struck home. 

A particularly good run from the former Roma man then ended with him crashing a fine low drive from well outside the box off the face of Stephane Ruffier’s post.

Nene would pull the strings in many of PSG’s best attacks in the opening period, and just before the break he nearly fashioned a wonderful goal for Mathieu Bodmer, though the midfielder’s 18-yard scissor kick was unconvincingly palmed away by the visiting goalkeeper.

As an attacking threat in the first half, Saint-Etienne were largely disappointing, though they could easily have gone into the interval level. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sheer speed allowed him to get away from Alex, and though his dink beat Salvatore Sirigu, Zoumana Camara swept round behind the goalkeeper to ensure his former club did not draw level.

Though les Verts dominated matters in the second period, threatening particularly from set pieces, at which PSG are renowned for their inability to defend, Sirigu was not stretched regularly. A lovely clipped cross from the excellent Fabien Lemoine couldn’t quite be reached by Banel Nicolita, while the nature of les Parisiens’ defending meant that the visitors, who exerted pressure until the end, always felt they had the chance of stealing an equaliser.

Only on occasion did PSG break with purpose. Pastore had a shot turned wide by Ruffier after more good work from Menez, who would go close himself after turning Albin Ebondo inside out with some wonderful skill.

Almost on the full-time whistle, the hosts grabbed their second goal, with Christophe Jallet’s inviting cross prodded home by Pastore.

With three matches remaining, PSG trail Montpellier by three points and are considered to have an easier run in, and perhaps equally crucially, they have a better goal difference than the league leaders. Ligue 1 is set to go down to the wire, and Carlo Ancelotti’s men are very much in the mix to win their first title in nearly 20 years.



Paris Saint-Germain

30
Salvatore Sirigu
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
Zoumana Camara
Defender
 - 
33
Alex
Defender
 - 
17
Maxwell
Defender
74′
 - 
22
Sylvain Armand
Defender
 - 
26
 - 
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
5′ 21′
 - 
19
Nenê
Midfielder
21′ 80′
 - 
5
Mathieu Bodmer
Midfielder
65′
 - 
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
88′
 - 
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
31′
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AS Saint-Etienne

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16
 - 
5
 - 
12
 - 
13
 - 
24
Loïc Perrin
Midfielder
25′
 - 
18
Fabien Lemoine
Midfielder
73′
 - 
19
Guilavogui
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
26
Bakary Sako
Midfielder
75′
 - 
31

Substitutes

1
 - 
15
 - 
2
 - 
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
74′
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-
 - 
13
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
 - 
20
 - 
23
 - 
8
 - 
10
 - 
7
 - 
14

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1