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November 24, 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: B. Varela
• Attendance: 39588
B. Matuidi 63'
Z. Ibrahimovic 70', 89'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME! PSG 4-0 Troyes - Ibrahimovic double and his 200th league goal seals a fantastic win. Thanks for following, until next time!
90' + 3'
Ibrahimovic denied a hat-trick by the off-side flag, again a fantastic pass from Nene, but an inch too early.
90' + 2'
Verratti finds Jallet on the far-side in acres of space, and again the ball runs out of play. Greasy surface, but that sort of pass should really be controlled.
90' + 1'
NIVET! Just not going for him is it. Header onto Camus' delivery from the free-kick, and it angles wide. Poor once again.
Three minutes added time here, as Ibrahimovic launches his 201st goal in league football.
Assist Ezequiel Lavezzi
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOOALL!! PSG 4-0! Ibrahimovic with goal number 201 - Lavezzi with a fine run down the right, leaving the defence all over the place. Fantastic low cross, and it could not be an easier goal for Zlatan to tap-in.
Edging towards full-time here in Paris, and it's been a fairly straightforward encounter for the hosts to endure. In fact, they are in the open here again as Lavezzi makes the run...
Nene the real creative force, as he threads another neat pass towards Lavezzi, which is denied by the last defender. Camus meanwhile, searches for a consolation goal at the other end.
OH! Woeful by Matuidi there - PSG have given up despite being in a four against three situation. Matuidi, Nene, Lavezzi and Ibrahimovic there, and one poor pass ensured Saunier was able to clear away the ball.
MARCOS! Fantastic bicycle kick, and superb technique - but Sirigu has tipped it over! Oh, what a shame. Wouldve been fantastic there.
Ibrahimovic is limping, and will be off for further treatment meaning PSG are temporarily down to ten men.
OUCH! Ibrahimovic collides with the goalkeeper, and is injured. Look of concern on the PSG players' faces - as he is attended to by the physio staff.
Corner for Troyes as Camus plays it short, and into the possession of Paris Saint-Germain, who break once more.
Eloge Enza Yamissi
Enza Yamissi makes an appearance in place of on-loan PSG striker Bahebeck, who is booed off. Again, remarkable.
Statistic - that was also Blaise Matuidi who scored Ligue 1's 350th goal this season - already at a third of last year's total as Christophe Jallet enters in place of the ineffectual Van der Wiel.
SIRIGU! Fine save to keep onto his clean sheet . A brilliant strike to deny Troyes, as PSG move on the break.
Gregory van der Wiel
That was Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 200th LEAGUE GOAL in his career. From Eredivisie, to Serie A to La Liga and Ligue 1 - he has the milestone folks. His first goal in Ligue 1 for almost a month too.
Ibrahimovic's efforts today has seen him score once and assist twice. The team has really impacted more on their creative side since Nene's introduction.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOOAL! PSG 3-0 TROYES! That man Zlatan again - as he latches onto a delightful through ball from Nene to fire past Thuram-Ulien. That's surely game set and match at the Parc.
It was a superb attacking chance for Ibrahimovic to take. It only took two passes too - from Sirigu to Nene and Nene to Ibrahimovic. Fantastic movement shown by the hosts.
Substiution from Troyes - Darbion off for Mohamed Yattara.
Van der Wiel finely gets past the challenge of Bahebeck, before being held down for what was surely a penalty - referee does not give it. Bewildering once more.
PSG comfortable once more, as they calmly deal with the threats that Troyes pose - which in all honesty, is very little. Maxwell once more, finding Nene on the wing - but it's over hit.
The two-goal cushion means that PSG have done enough to win - can Troyes resist and lead what would be a shock counter attack? Tweet me your thoughts @mohammedali_93.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Blaise Matuidi
GOOAAL! 2-0! Fantastic by BLAISE MATUIDI! Ibrahimovic with the assist, as he lays a fine assist in the path of the midfielder, who finishes superbly with a first-time flick past Thuram-Ulien!
Poor from Ibrahimovic - there I said it. Nene is racing forward but an over-hit pass takes the ball away from the Brazilian and into the goalkeeper.
Weak penalty appeal as Bahebeck is sent flying across the box after a challenge with Thiago Silva. PSG still rather comfortable, despite the one-goal lead.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets in the mix of things as he tees up himself with a fine piece of control, before being denied by Rincon who cleverly heads safely towards goal. Approaching the hour.
Marcos Dos Santos Ferreira
Substitution from Troyes - Xavier Thiago has endured a forgettable game, as he is replaced in favour of striker Marcos.
Bahebeck attempting once more to fashion an opening, but he cannot find the space, as Nene launches a long pass towards Ibrahimovic on the other wing - but the ball goes out.
Great movement and ability from Nene, as he picks out Lavezzi on the overlap. Cross in, is cut out by Rincon as Thiago Silva dispossesses Bahebeck who attempts to couter.
Saunier still struggling as Ibrahimovic deftly chips the ball towards Nene who cannot fathom a chance. Play goes all the way back via Thiago Silva.
Lavezzi! He's looking for a penalty, but it won't be given. Saunier has looked susceptible at the back, as he mindlessly chests the ball towards goal, but Lavezzi barges him out of the way, before being sent flying into the advertising hoarding.
Matuidi is unable to tee up Lavezzi as the Argentine lets another chance go begging. Having a bit of a below-average game, the two-goal hero from Wednesday.
Ouch! Free-kick Troyes, as Alex takes out Bahebeck. The Brazilian is ticked off by the referee.
Brilliant skill,utterly brilliant as Ibrahimovic nutmegs Xavier Thiago with a fine back-hell. Nevertheless, he concedes possession as Troyes attack, but it's into the arms of Sirigu once more.
NIVET! Oh wow, what an effort - and it's narrowly wide. Almost caught Salvatore Sirigu by surprise there. Great effort by the former Caen man.
Substitution: Javier Pastore departs as Nene enters the fray.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! We have a substitution on the cards too.
A decent first-half in Paris, as Maxwell's goal separates the two sides. Troyes are by no means out of it, and perhaps should've had a penalty after Verratti's wild lunge on Bahebeck. All to play for in the second half.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: PSG 1-0 Troyes (Maxwell 17')
Fine cross by Colin on the right, as Baheback gets off the challenge of one defender, before being blocked off by Alex. That's it.
And despite that, one minute of added time has been added on at the end of the first half.
Bahebeck has been injured in that collision, and he is being monitored by the medical team. Slight delay in play, and we may have a couple of minutes injury time.
PENALTY? No! Well, a bit of controversy as Troyes are denied after Bahebeck goes tumbling in the box after a rash challenge by Verratti. Oh dear, the Italian should be off.
Camus with a horrific wayward shot. Less said about that, the better as we move into the twilight of the first half here in Paris - still PSG lead Troyes by one goal to nil.
BAHEBECK! The chance was there. The equalising chance has gone beggining. On-loan striker Bahebeck launches a tame shot on the edge of the area, and it's an easy take for Sirigu.
Nivet attempts a header towards Sirigu - but the Italian launches a mammoth throw-in to send Pastore racing down the right wing. Argentine's through ball intended for Lavezzi is in the hands of the goalkeeper.
Attacking tempo has slowed way down as Pastore is reprimanded for a tackle on Obbadi. Quite a stagnant game this, as seconds later Ibrahimovic is ticked off for a foul.
Troyes momentarily stuck in their own half as they contend with PSG's attacking force. Verratti's header in towards Pastore is safely back to the goalkeeper.
Speculative cross by Matuidi leads into a corner off Xavier Thiago for PSG. Ibrahimovic - being the enigma that he is, jogs to the spot and immediately launches in the set-piece, which is behind for another corner.
Poor delivery, and Obbadi wins another corner off Alex and subsequently Maxwell. This time - nothing has changed, as the hosts clear with ease. Lavezzi's progress checked by a wonderful slide tackle by Colin.
CAMUS! A rare Troyes strike, and it was not bad at all. A fine long range strike by the midfielder sees his effort tipped over the bar by Salvatore Sirigu. Corner.
A catalogue of errors as Bahebeck is blocked off by Alex, who leads the PSG counter-charge. Verratti is out-muscled, but Pastore still manages to pick out Ibrahimovic who is denied by the on-rushing Thuram-Ulien.
LAVEZZI! Fine save by Thuram-Ulien. Fantastic run by Pastore who darts in between defenders, before finding Armand with a deft pass. The left-back with the first-time cross is met by Lavezzi whose diving header is well blocked by Thuram-Ulien, before Ibrahimovic somehow fired wide.
Another lofted ball into the path of Ibrahimovic, who ghosts in behind the defenders, but is stopped by the flag of the assistant referee. Frustrating.
A fine pass from Verratti in midfield, as he launches a pass towards Ibrahimovic on the right. The Swede does his best to hold off Maxime Colin, but the defender wins the tussle and gets the ball away.
Cross comes in from the right, well whipped in by Darbion, as Nivet heads goalwards with Alex - but seemingly, the Brazilian has the final touch. Nevertheless, goal-kick awarded.
Van der Wiel gives Bahebeck the run around, but a lapse in concentration gies Obbadi a slight chance, and the captain responds with a poor shot from range, well wide of Sirigu's goal.
It's so tight at the top of Ligue 1 - as it stands, PSG would go ahead provisionally, with 26 points. One ahead of Saint-Etienne, whom they face in the cup on Tuesday, and two and three ahead of Lyon and Marseille respectively. (though with two games in hand)
Matuidi attempts a long-range effort, and it's well blocked by Saunier, as Troyes clear their lines again. Defence has looked leaky of late, and one would think that there could be a hatful of goals today.
Oh, maybe a foul? Referee Varela says no as Ibrahimovic takes a tumble under the challenge of Rincon and Saunier. Ibrahimovic looks bewildered at the decision, and replays show he has a case there.
Ancelotti had earlier talked of his annoyance by Verratti who is rather reckless in midfield of late. Another yellow card so early could force the trainer to take off his young protege. Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic is on the ball, as he races forward.
Yellow Card Marco Verratti
Naughty. Marco Verratti booked for a push on captain Obbadi. And is swiftly rewarded with a yellow card. Verratti has had this problem this season in France, with Ancelotti conveying his thoughts about the young Italian this week.
GOOAAL!! PSG 1-0 TROYES! Fabulously worked goal.Ibrahimovic evades the challenge of Rincon at the back, and skips to the by-line. A low cross beats Lavezzi, but Maxwell is in to tap the ball into the net.
Well worked goal for Carlo Ancelotti's side there. Took a slight deflection off Ibrahimovic's ball, but PSG lead nonetheless. Maxwell has his second goal in Ligue 1, in three games. Brilliant.
Yellow Card Javier Pastore
Yellow card for Javier Pastore, the first of the evening. But Les Parisiens are on the break, as Ibrahimovic bombs down the right wing.
Les Parisiens are on the backfoot so far, as we progress. Troyes' back-line are doing well, as they have been against big teams so far this season. Interesting to see how far we get.
Poor from Fabien Camus. Not on the wavelengths of his team-mates. Obbadi paces down the right, finding Camus who launches a rather woeful one-two, as Armand retrieves possession.
Pastore rather active down this right wing, as PSG win a corner for their efforts. Whipped in, but they fail to seriously trouble Yohann Thuram-Ulien in the Troyes goal.
Great movement by the Troyes players, gently knocking the ball between midfielders. Nevertheless, they are susceptible on the break here.
Troyes break as on-loan striker Bahebeck (initially of PSG0 surges forward - and is remarkably booed - before getting the better of Matuidi and feeding Camus. Deflected away, and it's a corner - which is subsequently wasted by the visitors.
Referee Bartolomeu Varela ruled that the Argentine stumbled just outside of the penalty box. Big chance for the Parisian side here - as Lavezzi causes trouble inside, but Benjamin Nivet clears the ball away.
Thiago Silva with a long range pass to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Maxime Colin heading forward. Pastore retrieves the ball, and is tripped just outside the area by N'Sakala. Free-kick PSG.
Jean-Marc Furlan's men have a woeful away record, not just in Paris - but they have started the brighter here, as Xavier Thiago dispossesses Ibrahimovic and hoofs the ball up the field.
Ibrahimovic helps the play on, as Armand surges down the left field - Maxwell on the overlap is kept in check. The Brazilian is in midfield this afternoon - amid talks of Ashley Cole joining the Ligue 1 side.
Good start from the promoted side as they play the ball down the left wing. Easily dealt with by the Parisian defence.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! Troyes get us started, attacking from right to left, in their white jerseys.
The sides are out at the Parc des Princes, and we should be underway shortly. Sunset already, and it's only 17:00 CET!
TEAM NEWS Ancelotti names Javier Pastore, who returns in place of Nene after being benched in Ukraine this week. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ibrahimovic continue their blossoming partnership, whilst Sylain Armand is named at left-back, For Troyes, Thiago Xavier is preferred to Yamissi in midfield, whilst on-loan Jean Christophe Bahebeck (from PSG) starts against his parent club.
ESTAC TROYES : Thuram-Ulien - Saunier, Rincon, Colin, N'Sakala - Darbion, Obbadi (c), Nivet, Thiago Xavier - Camus, Bahebeck. Substitutes: Dreyer, Jarjat, Enza Yamissi, Othon, Psaume, Marcos, Yattara.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN : Sirigu - Thiago Silva (c), Alex, Armand, Van der Wiel - Maxwell, Matuidi, Verratti - Pastore, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic. Substitutes : Douchez, Sakho, Sissoko, Jallet, Nene, Rabiot, Hoarau.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
A few statistics: Carlo Ancelotti's men have not scored more than one goal in their last five league encounters. PSG have not won with Ezequiel Lavezzi having started so far domestically. Troyes will be searching for their first league victory in Paris in 10 attempts. If the visitors do win, it'll be their first away victory in 17 top-flight matches on the road.
Troyes meanwhile, languish in 19th place after a poor start to the season. The promoted side have won just one of their last 13 league encounters - surprisingly against Marseille of all teams - but since, they have not starred. Last week, they came back to hold bottom-side Nancy to a 3-3 draw.
Nevertheless, a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, which qualified the club for the last 16 of the Champions League holds them in good stead ahead of their encounter against league minnows Troyes this afternoon. Defeat here, would be simply unthinkable.
Paris Saint-Germain find themselves in the middle of a 'league crisis' according to Carlo Ancelotti. The Parisian side find themselves third after a shock 2-1 league defeat to Rennes at home last weekend, and have not won in Paris in their last two home encounters. The defeat was made all the more shocking after les Rouge et Noir played a mammoth 41 minutes with just nine men, as they withstood the barrage.
First of all, let me introduce myself. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through today's events for the next two hours. Don't forget to use Twitter to send us your predictions, musings and comments and tell me what you think throughout the 90 minutes - the handle is @mohammedali_93. Furthermore, send your comments to the Goal.com matchcentre chatbox to your right.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from Ligue 1. This afternoon's encounter sees Paris Saint-Germain host ESTAC Troyes, at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Confirmed team news shortly.
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