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31 January 2014
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: T. Chapron
• Attendance: 45292
Z. Ibrahimovic 58'
FT: PSG 2-0 FCGB - a comfortable, and incredibly patient victory from the champions. They go six points clear.
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Bordeaux.
90' + 1'
Lucas Moura has been rejuvenated in the second half. A really sluggish first half, uncharacteristic of the winger. But two assists have catapulted him into third in the Ligue 1 standings.
Two minutes of added time signalled at the Parc des Princes.
It's testament to PSG's quality that this scoreline isn't a surprising one. They have rarely come off first gear, but have a comfortable two goal lead. Bordeaux have not been anywhere near their best tonight.
GOAL! PSG 2-0 Bordeaux! ALEX!! Second goal in two games by the Brazilian defender. Lovely delivery from the right. Had Henrique on him, but lifts the ball into the net with the smartest of touches.
CABAYE!! OFF THE POST!! The former Newcastle midfielder gets into a fine position. Lovely cross, headed towards the post, and out!
First strike for Yohan Cabaye, as he attempts to dummy past Andre Biyogo Poko. But the French international drags his effort wide.
SUBSTITUTION - Bordeaux: Final throw of the dice for Francis Gillot's men. Julien Faubert replaced by David Bellion. Going for the equaliser? It has to be now.
PSG look good value for their lead. Sirigu has not had much to do in truth this evening.
Into the final ten minutes at the Parc des Princes, as Paris Saint-Germain set to go six points clear of AS Monaco at the top of Ligue 1. Their next game? AS Monaco at Stade Louis II.
Lavezzi, who has taken the place of Cavani on the wing, attempts to lift the ball towards Ibrahimovic, but is closed down quickly.
Pouring it down, and there's an air of finality around this game. The tempo has dropped off, and Bordeaux aren't expected to really go for it here. Ibrahimovic attempts to break away, but he is called offside - again!
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Edinson Cavani limps off, to be replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentine has recovered from a knee complaint.
Yes, Cavani not moving well at all here. Has his arms in the area, and gesticulating towards the bench. Don't actually think Blanc has noticed him, but I think he'll come of soon.
Free-kick PSG. Taken by Cabaye, who plays it poorly first. Reclaims the ball, but his deft little cross into the area is blocked by the defender. Cavani limping here...
First few touches for the ex-Newcastle United man. Raining heavily now as Cabaye tees the ball over towards Alex. Bordeaux are once more being pinned back.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: YOHAN CABAYE replaces Javier Pastore. His first Ligue 1 appearance since May 2011. Won Ligue 1 at this stadium, and the Coupe de France against PSG.
And here comes the moment.....
André Biyogo Poko
SUBSTITUTION: Bordeaux - Andre Biyogo Poko replaces Abdou Traore.
SUBSTITUTION- Bordeaux: A few hearty jeers as Guillaume Hoarau, PSG until 2012, comes on in place of Landry N'Guemo.
Now the onus really is on Bordeaux to attack Paris Saint-Germain. Haven't beaten the champions here in three and a half years, and have lost three times against them this season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic now has 13 goals in his last seven games at the Parc des Princes. A really imperious record.
ALMOST A SECOND! Bordeaux's stoic defence almost implodes. Lucas Moura comes alive with a low cross into the box. Pastore expertly turns and strikes goalwards. Spilled by Carrasso, and Orban with a fine tackle to deny the striker.
Poor defending by Lucas Orban and Sane in the lead up to that goal. Neither had picked up the run of Ibrahimovic. Easy for the Sweden international.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! PSG 1-0 Bordeaux - IBRAHIMOVIC! The Swede hits his 29th goal of the 2013-14 campaign. He's actually offside, after a move collapses. Strolling back, but he is played onside by Sane as he taps into the net easily from Moura's cross.
Moura is handed the ball down the right flank, and shows a bit of pace to set himself up on the edge of the box. However, he pulls it back toward Pastore. Poor move, with other options available.
Roar goes up - as Yohan Cabaye starts to warm up on the touchlines. Should be seeing him soon, as he makes a first Ligue 1 appearance since May 2011.
Starting to rain in the French capital now as Edinson Cavani strikes an effort, which he cannot break the goalscoring duck with. The visitors maintaining their solid defensive shape.
Corner to Bordeaux. A couple of players in the box for the 2009 champions, in their first real chance of the game. Sirigu sees to it.
Good movement from PSG, as Ibrahimovic attempts a chance. Fails to seriously test the goalkeeper. The Swede is having a bit of a quiet night to date.
No changes at the break at the Parc des Princes, with Francis Gillot looking for their first win at this stadium since May 2010.
UNDERWAY in the Parc des Princes after half-time. PSG 0-0 Bordeaux.
HT: PSG 0-0 BOR - turgid first half in truth as PSG, despite their dominant possession, fail to seriously test Cedric Carrasso. Not that their opponents have had a lot of chances either. All to play for.
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Girondins de Bordeaux.
45' + 2'
Chance for Bordeaux, after a lapse in concentration at the back by PSG. Maurice-Belay attempts to pick out Gregory Sertic, but Motta's fantastic intervention clamps down the move.
Two minutes signalled at the end of the first half at the Parc des Princes.
Strong challenge in the middle of the pitch as Pastore and N'Guemo go head to head. Both players are down, but Pastore has left a foot in there. Break in play.
Matuidi moving a bit gingerly, after a couple of challenges in this combative first half. Time for Yohan Cabaye to make his debut after the interval?
Free-kick goes Bordeaux's way as Cavani makes progress inside the box, but the Uruguayan is adjudged to have unfairly challenged Sane.
Six minutes to go until the end of the first half at the Parc des Princes, and PSG no closer to goal, with free-kicks becoming more abundant in this game. Bordeaux haven't had much luck at the other end either.
Ibrahimovic and Luacs Moura combine on the right hand side, but PSG forced to track back. Matuidi opens up the defence with a neat pass towards Ibrahimovic, but the Swede concedes a free-kick for a foul on Faubert.
MAXWELL!! Over the bar. Bordeaux have got away with that. Cavani is found in the box, and attempts to cut in. Towards Ibrahimovic who fails to get the shot away, as Faubert hurries the ball away in time before Maxwell blazes over.
Pastore fouled under the challenge of Landry N'Guemo, and concedes the free-kick. Seconds later, the midfielder challenges the Argentine again. This time, no award from referee Tony Chapron.
Bit of a mess at the back from PSG, as Thiago Silva and Salvatore Sirigu go for the same ball. Sirigu screams at his captain to leave it, and almost drops it in the process!
Half an hour gone at the Parc des Princes, and it remains Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Bordeaux.
LUCAS! Headed behind by Sane. Superb move from PSG, with another flowing attacking venture picking holes in the Bordeaux defence. Cavani does well to keep it in. Helped on by Pastore, but Lucas' effort is blocked.
LUCAS! Lovely bit of skill, but no end product. Move originates from a poor touch from Pastore. Lucas attempt to get it over one defender, but not Lucas Orban who hoofs it away. Fails to get a strike in time.
Unsurprisingly, PSG have the lion's share of the possession - a full 73% of the ball.
SERTIC! From distance, the Bordeaux midfielder strikes one from distance, after failure of space being afforded to him. Good save by the goalkeeper.
Ibrahimovic slips through Cavani on the left, as he bombs down inside the penalty box. Mariano gets across to intercept, despite losing composure - but he sees the ball back safely towards Carrasso.
Edging to the halfway point of the first period at the Parc des Princes, and no significant goalscoring chances. PSG will have to be patient against a Bordeaux side, who despite missing creative influence, are well shaped defensively.
Free-kick to Paris Saint-Germain, in a really decent position for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to strike this. Nevertheless, it comes off the wall at the first attempt.
Lovely phase of play from PSG. Maxwell down the left towards Pastore. Cute backheel that leads to Lucas' shot which clatters off Sane, as Bordeaux survive. Still goalless.
It's the beginning of a rather important week for PSG, as February sees the return of the Champions League - where they are against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. But after tonight, they have a Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Nantes, and the Ligue 1 blockbuster against AS Monaco at Stade Louis II. Make or break, already?
Another chance for Girondins at the other end. Maurice-Belay getting forward, but diverts his shot wide of Sirigu's left post. Bordeaux attempting to counter PSG on occasions.
SAIVET! The young Bordeaux forward starts a quick, neat move. Combines in a one-two with Maurice-Belay, as he fires tamely at Salvatore Sirigu.
CAVANI! Over the bar. Not in the best position to head that goalwards, but the Urugayan has a pop anyway, as his header flies over the bar.
Cavani picks up the ball in a good position on the right hand side of the box, but loses a bit of composure, as his strike flies over Carrasso's bar.
Les Parisiens have a title race back on, with Monaco cutting the gap to just three points following their win over Olympique de Marseille on Sunday. They can't afford to lose this.
Matuidi sees a move out left for Maxwell, as Ibrahimovic gains possession. The move breaks down as the Bordeaux defence maintains its shape. Gillot's side playing defensively. Not too much attacking strength.
Bordeaux struggling to get a handle on this game, and are already pinned inside their own half. Zlatan Ibrahimovic operating in midfield, as he attempts to engineer an attacking move.
Oh, well. What do we have there? Should be a penalty as the Brazilian defender pulls down Motta, and both players go at it under the referee Tony Chapron. But it'll be a drop-ball situation to restart the game.
Tame shot by Motta as Carrasso claims the ball. Easy save by the goalkeeper but the ball is out of play, after Henrique goes down under the challenge of Motta.
CHANCE FOR PSG! Drilled in cross from Maxwell cleared for a corner by Sane. Corner in from Lucas, free header by Thiago Silva and cleared at the death by a defender.
It's the fourth meeting between these sides this season. PSG have won all three so far - in the Trophee des Champions in Gabon, in the first Ligue 1 meeting, and in the Coupe de la Ligue.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! PSG get us going, attacking from right to left.
Teams are on the field at the Parc des Princes in a chilly night in the capital. Cabaye presented to the fans inside the stadium, and given a rousing applause.
TEAM NEWS: Paris' new number four Cabaye on the bench, with Javier Pastore preferred following Marco Verratti's suspension. Bordeaux are without five players in a defensive 4-5-1. Lucas Moura gets the nod ahead of Ezequiel Lavezzi.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN : Sirigu - Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva (c), Maxwell - Pastore, Thiago Motta, Matuidi - Cavani, Lavezzi - Ibrahimovic.SUBS : Douchez, Digne, Marquinhos, Cabaye, Lucas, Ménez, Ongenda.
BORDEAUX : Carrasso (c) - Marian, Henrique, Sané, Orban - Sertic, Nguemo, Traoré - Faubert, Maurice-Belay - Saivet.SUBS: Olimpa, Bréchet, Chalmé, Planus, Poko, Bellion, Hoarau.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
These two sides played each other just 17 days ago in the Coupe de la Ligue at Stade Chaban-Delmas. That cup tie was finely poised at 1-1 before two late goals ensured PSG's progression to the semi-finals, winning 3-1.
On the other hand, Bordeaux - who sit in seventh place, and seven points behind Lille in the final Champions League place, signed former PSG striker Guillaume Hoarau in this window from Dalian Aerbin in China. He is also among the substitutes.
Yes, Yohan Cabaye has made the journey from the North East of England to the French capital, as the France international quit Newcastle in favour of a Ligue 1 return. He starts ON THE BENCH tonight.
Both PSG and Bordeaux have wrapped up their 'Mercato' campaigns, with both sides making one signing each. And both players in question, start on the bench.
Good evening, and welcome to live coverage from Ligue 1 this evening. It's the last night of the January transfer window, but both Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux have matters to consider on the field as they open week 23 of the Ligue 1 season.
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