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9 November 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: A. Delerue
• Attendance: 45599
Z. Ibrahimovic 39', 57', 76'
N. Pejčinović 70'
Full-time: PSG 3-1 Nice - the run goes on after another convincing victory. Nice had their moments, with introductory goalkeeper Lucas Veronese impressing, but it's the champions who roll on. Until next time, a bientot!
90' + 2'
FT: PSG 3-1 Nice.
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PSG set to break the 30 point barrier, moving five clear of LOSC Lille on 31pts. In Ligue 1 tomorrow, we have Marseille v Sochaux, and the Rhone derby between Saint-Etienne and Lyon.
Into the first of TWO additional minutes at the end of the second half at the Parc des Princes.
Matuidi powers through the midfield, but cannot shackle off Gregoire Puel on the wing, who sees the ball back safely for Lucas Veronese. Edging towards the end of the game here.
It took Lucas Moura 27 seconds of play after coming on to set up Ibrahimovic's third goal. Immediate impact from the Brazilian!
MENEZ! Poor decision from the substitute who attempted to cut in and power past the defenders. A stunning chance, after Lucas Moura's blitzing run from deep. Painfully fast.
Digard, the industrious Nice captain, is continuing to make a sustained impact in these final few minutes. His ball into the box is acrobatically punched away.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hat-trick for PSG is his eighth in his last four games. He's scored in every home game since the end of September.
Great chance for Nice to attempt to reduce the deficit. A neat pass forward as Cvitanich gives chase, but he cannot lift the ball over Salvatore Sirigu.
Into the final ten minutes at the Parc des Princes, and this game has an air of finality about it. The champions looking to make it four.
SUBSTITUTION: PSG - Jeremy Menez comes on for Edinson Cavani.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Nice's brief entry into the game, is just that - brief. PSG have reclaimed their two goal lead against their southern visitors. They'll extend their lead at the top of the table by five points.
GOAL! PSG 3-1 NICE - IBRAHIMOVIC HAS HIS HAT-TRICK! Wonderful delivery from Lucas Moura neatly measured. Veronese misjudges his position and Ibrahimovic rises highest to power into the net.
SUBSTITUTION: PSG - Javier Pastore goes off, to applause for once, and is replaced by Lucas Moura.
Veronese with another great catch to stifle the front two once more. The visiting defence aren't putting much of a fight as PSG breach the back line with ease. PSG searching for that third, nonetheless.
Nice have a lifeline here, but can they make it count? They're seeing more of the ball here, but need to be far more ruthless in the final third. They have under 20 minutes to go.
Goal Nemanja Pejcinovic
GOAL! PSG 2-1 Nice! PECJINOVIC!! Finally, it goes in! Fantastic delivery from Bruls, into the danger zone. It evades Sirigu, at the far post, tucked away by Serbian defender Nemanja Pecjinovic.
Corner to Nice, and the delivery from the right is headed away by Alex at the first attempt. Sustained pressure from Nice nonetheless.
IBRAHIMOVIC! He's searching for the hat-trick goal here. Lovely ball in from Matuidi, who has been solid, if unassuming this afternoon - and the Swede is thwarted by Veronese, who has been performing better than expected tonight.
OUCH! Adrien Rabiot feeling the strain here after taking a hit of the ball into one of his more sensitive areas, shall we say. He'll need a few moments on the touchline there.
The champions are in complete control here as we enter the final third of the game. Nice have offered little, if anything in attack, as Didier Digard's effort goes flying over the bar.
Horrendous volley from Edinson Cavani here. A brilliant delivery in towards the Uruguayan from the left, and his connection is so poor, the shot actually goes towards the halfway line!
SUBSTITUTION - Nice: Jordan Amavi is on for Nampalys Mendy.
According to Opta, PSG have converted each of their last 24 penalties in Ligue 1. A real streak here, going!
GOAL: PSG 2-0 Nice - GOAL for PSG! Goal for Ibrahimovic! His second of the game after sending Veronese the wrong way with a low effort. His 13th for club and country in the last eight games.
Penalty Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Yellow Card Lucas Veronese
PENALTY TO PSG - Veronese upends Cavani in the box after attempting to get the ball. Referee has no hesitation, and it's a penalty for the hosts. A chance for Ibrahimovic to really kill off the game.
PENALTY TO PSG - YELLOW CARD VERONESE.
Nice are up on the other side with a corner. A chance to really test Sirigu now. Corner drifted in by Eysseric, and Sirigu is forced to punch away.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Great header too from the Swede, and that too, goes over the bar. Brilliant delivery from the left wing by Maxwell, who is utilising that space efficiently. The Swede rises highest, but it's over the bar.
CAVANI! Great header from the Uruguayan. Decent delivery from Motta out wide, and Cavani loses the run of his marker, Pecjinovic, to head just over the bar.
A draw for Nice today would put them level on points with Olympique de Marseille in fifth. To put that into context, the Mediterranean club are in 11th place at the moment.
Bruls with a decent shot from distance, but it's just wide of the goal. I don't think Sirigu's made a save in the 50 minutes of play gone by so far.
Low cross from the left intended for Ibrahimovic in the middle, but it is Veronese who races off to claim possession. Les Aiglons cannot really afford to go two down here.
Maxwell makes good progress down this left wing, but the move fails to materialise into something serious, as Veronese starts from the back.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! Nice get us going in this second half, with a huge task ahead of them in this period. They attack from right to left in their change strip of all white.
Rain is absolutely pouring down on the Parc des Princes pitch, making it more difficult for the players. No changes at the break, and we're ready to go for the second half.
HT: PSG 1-0 NICE - we've reached the interval at the Parc des Princes. The champions lead 1-0 thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal on 39 minutes. In truth, they could've had three after two offside calls. The visitors have offered little up front.
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HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 OGC Nice
In the first of TWO additional minutes in this half.
Free-kick for Nice, but it's a poor one here for the Aiglons. It's a poor delivery in, and well wide for Sirigu to even consider. He's had little to do this half.
Nice struggling here after going 1-0 down against the champions. But what sort of response can they make here? They've only scored twice away from home in Ligue 1 this season.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! PSG 1-0 Nice - IBRAHIMOVIC! The Swede opens the scoring tucking away the ball at close range, but he's struggling with a knee problem after tussling with Lucas Veronese. But he has his goal!
Assist Gregory van der Wiel
Free-kick to Nice as Cvitanich tumbles in midfield. Taken short by the visitors, and then lifted into the box. Rabiot struggling to maintain possession, but wins a free-kick after pressure from Kevin Gomis.
Ten minutes to go until half-time in this very eventful Ligue 1 encounter at the Parc des Princes. Likely that Cavani will go off early in the second half with one eye on Uruguay's trip to Jordan in the World Cup play-off next week.
Eysseric races forward at the other end, but his curling effort is simple enough for Sirigu to watch sail over his bar. Looking back at that Ibrahimovic penalty call, it was Gregoire Puel who got more than a handful of the Swede's shirt. Surprising!
And the jeers continue, Maxwell on the overlap attempts to deliver his cross into the box, before being stunningly taken out by Kolodziejzcak, as play continues. Very open this one.
And fury descends on the Parc des Princes! Veronese races off his line, but it's the last defender who upends Ibrahimovic in the box. No penalty, and it was probably the right call by referee Amaury Delerue.
VERONESE! Wonderful stop - three times! He's been made to work for his clean sheet here. He stops from Ibrahimovic after a brilliant pass from Motta. Diving at the feet of the Swede, before tracking back and stopping another effort before holding onto the ball!
GOAL?! NO! It's been ruled out for offside again! A lovely ball from Motta sees Ibrahimovic race forward and slide the ball under Veronese and in, but the referee deems it offside! This time, he's correct!
SUBSTITUTION - Nice: Kevin Gomis comes on for the injured Mathieu Bodmer.
Chance for PSG! Matuidi recovers to fire a strike, after space opens up just outside the area. Nevertheless, it is blocked superbly by Nemanja Pecjinovic.
Matuidi struggling, and so too is Mathieu Bodmer, with the ex-PSG midfielder moving gingerly in midfield. Claude Puel's side are working efficiently in two banks of four at the back, to stifle the champions.
GOAL? NO!! It's been ruled offside. The electronic boards had been set in celebratory mode, as Cavani thought he'd scored. Nice low cross in, evades Ibrahimovic, but Cavani at the back post to tuck it away. The referee had signalled, but the assistant ruled it out! No goal!
Veronese rushes off his line to grab the ball ahead of Edinson Cavani. Neither of PSG's star strikers have really clicked as of yet. But PSG are improving nevertheless.
Bodmer working hard to track the run of Ibrahimovic behind him, as Bruls gets the ball away. Nice struggling to really hold onto possession, which switches hands almost immediately.
Still, Paris Saint-Germain's medical team working hard on Blaise Matuidi's wound, after the midfielder suffered a collision with Didier Digard. But OGCN are weathering the storm expertly, no such harm as of yet.
Third choice goalkeeper Lucas Veronese is enjoying a quiet game so far, as a speculative cross from the right results into an easy catch for the 22-year-old.
Matuidi is still being treated to here, as blood flows continuously from his nose. Meanwhile, play goes on, as Eysseric's long ball forward is eventually caught by Sirigu, after the second attempt.
Valentin Eysseric's corner is easily headed away, before the rebound shout goes flying over the bar. Meanwhile, Blaise Matuidi has been forced off the field to receive treatment by the referee.
Testing moment for the champions, who concede a corner here. A speculative ball from Bruls towards Traore is cut out by Rabiot, who blasts behind his goal. What can Nice do here?
The offside trap is really beginning to frustrate the Parisiens here. Another delicate ball sees Ibrahimovic beat the last man, as the howls go up after the Swede is pegged back once again.
Stat: Paris Saint-Germain have scored the most away goals in Ligue 1 this season - Nice, have the second lowest total. Scoring just twice away from home all season.
Corner to PSG, as Thiago Silva nor Javier Pastore can divert their strike towards goal. It appears Mahamane Traore is hurt though, but play goes on.
Poor delivery from Gregoire Puel, son of coach Claude, whose wayward delivery lands on top of Sirigu's net. Nice will have a struggle to create chances at the other end.
GREAT CHANCE FOR PSG! Lovely football involving Pastore who tees up Van der Wiel on the overlap. Brilliant delivery in towards Cavani who cannot lift the ball over Veronese, and instead hits the side netting. Great movement.
Very positive tempo to this game already, with chances flowing at both ends. Already pleasing to watch, as Nemanja Pecjinovic does his best to cut away a long pass from deep.
MAXWELL!! Audacious strike. I don't think he meant that. His delivery from the wing was carried by the wind, aiming for the top corner, but Veronese pulls of a stunning save - for the cameras presumably - to tip over the bar!
Claude Puel has his head in his hands here, he knows how good an opportunity that was. Stunning chance for Nice, against the run of play already.
WHAT A CHANCE!! Nice attack on the counter, lovely cross field pass from Christian Bruls, and Thiago Silva at the death clears the ball away just when Dario Cvitanich was going to pull the trigger! What an opportunity.
Early domination of possession for PSG, as is customary in most of their games nowadays. A stunning ball over the top by Thiago Silva for Cavani to give chase ends in an offside call by the linesman.
And a decent chance already. It should've been 1-0 there as PSG break at will, with Ibrahimovic finding a bit of space. He expertly picks out Cavani on the wing, who provides a tame shot. Easy enough for Veronese.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! PSG get this game going, attacking from right to left in this first half. Baptism of fire for third choice goalkeeper Lucas Veronese, thrown in at the deep end, making his debut away at the champions!
This afternoon's referee is Amaury Delerue. It's an overcast autumnal afternoon at the Parc des Princes, as the sun is about to set. But the atmosphere is there, kick-off imminent!
TEAM NEWS: Thiago Silva makes his first start in two months for PSG, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts up front. Adrien Rabiot is also included. For Nice, no David Ospina, with 22 year old Lucas Veronese making his debut for les Aiglons.
OGC NICE: Veronese - Puel, Bodmer, Pejcinovic, Kolodziejczak - Eysseric, Mendy, Traore, Digard (c), Bruls - Cvitanich.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu - Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva (c) Maxwell - Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Matuidi - Cavani, Pastore, Ibrahimovic.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS
Laurent Blanc is set to ring the changes after the Champions League draw against Anderlecht, with the World Cup play-offs moving into view. He has already confirmed Javier Pastore will start.
Nice sit in 11th place in the table, but have not won at the Parc des Princes in four years, since a Loic Remy winner sealed a 1-0 victory in 2009. Nevertheless, they did get the better of PSG last season at home.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be providing play-by-play coverage of the second Ligue 1 game of the weekend. Can PSG extend their lead at the top after AS Monaco's stuttering draw against Evian TG last night?
Good afternoon and welcome to live Ligue 1 coverage. This afternoon sees champions Paris Saint-Germain tackle OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes in the French capital.
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