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Ligue 1

  • 31 August 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: B. Bastien
  • • Attendance: 44943

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Guingamp: Ibrahimovic seals dramatic win after stoppage-time salvo

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Guingamp: Ibrahimovic seals dramatic win after stoppage-time salvo


The Sweden star struck just minutes after teenager Adrien Rabiot had given the Ligue 1 champions the lead to secure victory in the dying moments of the action at Parc des Princes

Goals in second-half stoppage time from Adrien Rabiot and Zlatan Ibrahimovic handed Paris Saint-Germain a dramatic 2-0 win over Guingamp on Saturday.

The French champions appeared to be heading for a stalemate against their spirited opponents after 90 minutes of frustrating football for the home faithful until the 18-year-old bundled home a rebound in injury time before the Swede settled matters just before the final whistle.

PSG boss Laurent Blanc had named an unchanged side from last week's 2-1 win away to Nantes, with Mamadou Sakho not involved in the squad as rumours of a move to Liverpool for the centre-back continue to build.

Visitors Guingamp, meanwhile, were without veteran striker Cedric Faure due to a calf injury, while Gregory Cerdan was also not included.

PSG came into the game looking for their first home win of the season and almost snatched the perfect start as Ibrahimovic curled a 25-yard free-kick onto the post just two minutes in.

But the visitors themselves were a threat on the break as Claudio Beauvue and Sadio Diallo both went close shortly after.

Ten minutes before the break, though, it was the hosts again who created a flurry of chances, with Thiago Silva’s header being denied by Mamadou Samassa in the six-yard box.

Moments later, it was the post that came to the visitors' rescue, with Silva once again foiled.

Samassa was then called into action as Thiago Motta released Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan took the ball wide of the goalkeeper before finding Javier Pastore - but the 23-year-old recovered well to deny the Argentine.

PSG began brightly after the break, with Samassa coming to the rescue of his team again to parry away a low Cavani effort after a well-worked corner.

But the three-pronged attack of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic and Cavani continued to be frustrated by a dogged Guingamp defence, with the Swede enduring a particularly difficult afternoon as he skied an effort from 25 yards just after the hour mark.

Lavezzi did not enjoy much luck either, getting on the end of a brilliant ball from Motta to race away from his man but then hitting a tame drive straight at the visiting keeper.

But PSG continued to knock on the door and nearly broke the deadlock in spectacular fasion themselves when Cavani sent a powerful effort narrowly wide on 67 minutes before setting up Ibrahimovic just a minute later, with the Swede also off target.

And the champions were nearly made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal several minutes later when Mustapha Yatabare raced into the box before shrugging off his man but then firing wide.

It looked as though the visitors would hold on for a draw - until a whipped free kick was met by Alex, whose header was parried straight to substitute Rabiot to apply a calm finish from close range.

And just two minutes later, the win was sealed when Ibrahimovic latched onto a long ball to round Samassa and roll the ball into an empty net. Job done.