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February 24, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ F. Fautrel‎
Attendance:‬ 44984‎
 
11′ (OG) N. N'Koulou
 
 
Top of the Match
Salvatore Sirigu
Salvatore Sirigu
Paris Saint-Germain
David Beckham
David Beckham
Paris Saint-Germain
Flop of the Match
N. N'Koulou
N. N'Koulou
Olympique de Marseille
N. N'Koulou
N. N'Koulou
Olympique de Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Olympique de Marseille: Ibrahimovic caps fortunate victory

An own goal from Nicolas Nkoulou in the first half helped les Parisiens to three points on the evening David Beckham made his debut for the club

By Robin Bairner

Ligue 1 : Ezequiel ,Lavezzi vs Alaixys Romao & Nicolas Nkoulou (Paris SG vs Olympique de Marseille)
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Paris Saint-Germain had to withstand a barrage from rival Olympique de Marseille, but the club claimed a 2-0 victory over its great rival to earn the spoils in Ligue 1’s Classique and to once again move three points clear at the summit of Le Championnat.

On the evening on which David Beckham came off the bench to play his first 15 minutes as a PSG player, it was an own goal from Nicolas Nkoulou that was vital in differentiating the sides, as the center back was unfortunate to deflect a shot from Lucas into his own goal. A fluke from Zlatan Ibrahimovic late on then secured the points.

This moment capped a whirlwind start from Carlo Ancelotti’s men in a match that would be played with an unrelenting tempo throughout. With little over a minute played, Ibrahimovic combined with the excellent Ezequiel Lavezzi for the ex-Napoli man to break the offside trap and send a firm first-time effort against the frame of Steve Mandanda’s goal.

Having been overwhelmed initially, Marseille would go on to control much of the rest of the evening as PSG rather lost its way and relied on goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to keep the opponents out.

With half an hour played, Joey Barton could not quite gain enough purchase on his header to trouble the Italian, and within 60 seconds Foued Kadir had nutmegged Maxwell and unleashed a fierce shot that stretched the ex-Palermo star.

Before the interval, Sirigu would be further tested. A Mathieu Valbuena free kick swerved wickedly due to a slight deflection, but the goalkeeper was firmly behind it, and moments later a similar save denied Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Marseille’s momentum was not dampened by the interval. Within 60 seconds of the restart Valbuena had released Gignac down the left, but Sirigu was again to the fore albeit he was not given credit for his save as a goal kick was awarded. The former Toulouse striker showed he has an eye for the spectacular too, but his difficult overhead was touched over.

On the hour mark PSG managed brief respite. Ibrahimovic had an effort direct from a free kick that would ultimately go down as the team's first shot on target, and a minute later he shot wide after good work from Lucas Moura.

Although the capital side broke with purpose on many occasions, its final ball was regularly lacking, which invited pressure from Marseille.

Though further dangerous shots came from Mathieu Valbuena, who left Sirigu motionless with a long-range drive that flirted with the post, and Rod Fanni, who thumping effort needed punched away, Elie Baup’s side could not find a breakthrough.

Indeed, Ibrahimovic’s late goal, when a Jeremy Menez cross was deflected in off his knee, told the story of OM’s night,

It was something of a role reversal for OM, which has been known for its ability to win scrappy matches, but this defeat leaves the title race to become a two-horse race between Lyon and PSG, which took the upper hand once more by re-establishing its three-point advantage in extremely trying circumstances.

If anything, this match was a reminder that the race for the French crown is by no means a foregone conclusion.

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Paris Saint-Germain

30
Salvatore Sirigu
Goalkeeper
3.50
33
Alex
Defender
2.50
17
Maxwell
Defender
2.50
22
Sylvain Armand
Defender
2.50
26
2.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
2.50
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
76′
2.50
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
76′
2.50
-
Lucas
Midfielder
84′
3.00
10
3.00
21
3.50

Olympique de Marseille

2.50
30
Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
2.00
3
N. N'Koulou
Defender
11′ 62′
2.50
-
Lucas
Defender
2.50
15
2.50
24
Rod Fanni
Defender
2.50
17
Joey Barton
Midfielder
2.50
14
Foued Kadir
Midfielder
76′
2.50
4
Alaixys Romao
Midfielder
3.00
28
2.50
9
2.00
10
André Ayew
Midfielder

Substitutes

1
 - 
6
 - 
23
 - 
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
84′ 91′
 - 
20
 - 
32
David Beckham
Midfielder
76′
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Brice Samba
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
21
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
99
M. Sougou
Striker
76′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
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