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Ligue 1

  • 19 October 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: B. Varela
  • • Attendance: 45802

Live Commentary

  • That's my cue, it's been a wild ride folks. Bye for now.
  • Ibra stole the first half with two goals, one of them a collector's item, but Cavani stamped his authority all over the second with a double as well, including a wonder goal of his own. PSG simply too good for Bastia on the day, and lay down a marker for Monaco to follow when they play tomorrow. Right now, the capital club are back on top of Ligue 1.
  • 90' + 3'
    And with barely a second to spare, the referee blows the final whistle!
  • 90' + 2'
    The game really just about shot in the additional period. PSG stroke the ball around to the delight of their fans.
  • 90'
    There may be still time for PSG to grab a fifth, as three minutes of added time are signaled.
  • 89'
    Penalty Goal Edinson Cavani
    No mistake from Cavani! A powerful penalty into the right hand side that sends Landreau the wrong way! 4-0!
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Mickaël Landreau
  • 87'
    Baffling carelessness from Landreau. Digne skips past him but the ball seems to be trickling over the byeline. However, the keeper, prone on the deck, throws his hands into the air to catch the full back.
  • 87'
    PSG penalty!
  • 86'
    PSG minutes away from going top of Ligue 1, at least provisionally, with Monaco set to play on Sunday.
  • 85'
    Bastia keep the set pieces coming in the last few minutes, but Sirigu is strong off his line again, this time rising highest to catch a free kick amongst a crowd of bodies.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionWahbi Khazri Toifilou Maoulida
  • 83'
    Bastia win a corner after some good play from Khazri. However, Romaric's delivery does not find a teammate, instead it was plucked from the air by Sirigu.
  • 81'
    The match just about starting to fizzle out as we enter the last 10 minutes of play. Bastia have a potentially threatening free kick hacked away by Marquinhos.
  • 79'
    Khazri, the best of a bad attacking bunch for Bastia, dribbles his way into some space at the top of the box, but agonizingly curls his shot over the top with Sirigu stretching to get there!
  • 77'
    CAVANI! The forward nearly adds to his tally with a deft finish that hits the inside of the post after he was slipped through on goal. He's on the rebound in a flash, but finds the side netting!
  • 76'
    Nearly another! The free kick comes in from the left, and Lucas Moura is open at the far post. He leaps high to side-foot it home, but fires just over the bar!
  • 75'
    Bastia finally manage to regain some composure and hold onto the ball for more than a beat. They've been run ragged pretty much all game, the positive signs that they showed in the first half nowhere to be found.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionMilos Krasic Ilan
  • 73'
    We all know about Ibra, Cavani, Lucas Moura and the rest, but some words of praise for the 18-year-old Hervin Ongenda. He's been excellent throughout, creating chances both through his enterprise out wide and some slick passing centrally.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionJérémy Menez Maxwell
  • 71'
    Searing pace from Lucas Moura takes him away from Modesto on a clean break through on goal, but Landreau, not for the first time, is remarkably quick off his line, stopping the ball at the Brazilian's feet just as he looked to feint to the left!
  • 69'
    It's now a mater of how many PSG want from this, as Bastia see what little resistance they have left stamped out. The hosts looking in a completely different class, as Landreau is forced to dive off his line to snare a dangerous ball!
  • 67'
    SubstitutionChristophe Jallet Gregory van der Wiel
  • 67'
    Jallet makes was for the Dutchman Van der Wiel. A solid game from the fullback, who has attacked with some purpose today.
  • 65'
    Well I said that Cavani had a lot of work to do to top Ibra's first half exploits, but he's done that with a cherry on top. A magnificent individual effort, every bit as good as Ibra's first half wonder goal, fantastic for him and even better for PSG, who are spoiled for choice between the two!
  • 62'
    Goal Edinson Cavani
    What a magnificent effort from Cavani! Collecting the ball on the left, he cuts inside and leaves his marker for dead. Then, advancing in from the byeline, he rolls the ball deftly to take Landreau out of the equation and duly slots home!
  • 62'
  • 61'
    Bastia almost cleverly work in a corner straight to the top of the box, but Boudebouz's effort at the end of the move is charged down.
  • 59'
    Ibra lounging quite comfortably on the bench, smug in the knowledge that he's done his bit, and Cavani will have a lot to do to top his first half exploits!
  • 58'
    A Bastia free kick is inches from finding Bruno at the far post, but it's just a little too far ahead of the striker, who admittedly does not do all he can to get on the end of it.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionGianni Bruno Claudiu Keseru
  • 56'
    Cavani getting closer, inch by inch. Moura this time sling shots in a low ball from the right, and the former Napoli hitman tries to flick it in with his reverse leg, but gets it wrong and the ball bobbles off his planted foot.
  • 54'
    That's a fine ball in from Ongenda, who spots Cavani peeling in at the far post. The Uruguayan gets his head to the ball, but cannot steady it on target.
  • 52'
    Cavani is making himself available as a target in the box, and his teammates are endeavoring to pick him out, but Bastia have been equal to every cross so far this half. Too bad they weren't this alert for PSG's second goal.
  • 50'
    PSG looked a little shaken to start the second half, but they've settled since, holding possession in their usual manner and getting Cavani on the ball a few times.
  • 48'
    Cross on the run from Khazri, who falls over the byline in his effort to squeeze a ball in, but Sirigu is on hand to catch securely at the near post.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionZlatan Ibrahimovic Edinson Cavani
  • 46'
    Cavani on, Ibrahimovic off. The Swede has done his part already, with a fantastic brace, and it's the Uruguayan's turn to shine.
  • 45'
    Here we go again!
  • A swashbuckling, entertaining half of football, mostly from PSG's point of view. Two back to back goals from Ibrahimovic, one of them an Ibra special, have put Bastia to the sword. The hosts had their chances to add to the score sheet but then again, so did the visitors, who came mightily close to scoring on two occasions! Roll on second half!
  • 45'
    Right on the stroke of 45 minutes, the referee signals the end of the half!
  • 43'
    PSG escape punishment for some lax defending, as Romaric's cross-cum-shot is dragged towards the far post, where Khazri is within inches, inches of connecting and surely converting!
  • 41'
    PSG are piling on the pressure, but Bastia continue to break with purpose! Excellent stuff!
  • 41'
    PSG are piling on the pressure, but Bastia continue to break with purpose! Excellent stuff!
  • 39'
    Alex is almost an incredibly lucky boy, after a Bastia cross strikes him square on the arm. For a second, he looked to have gotten away with it, but the referee pulls him back soon for the free kick.
  • 37'
    Another opening goes begging for PSG, Lucas Moura continues to trample all over this game, whipping in a low cross from the right which Menez hacks wide with a first time shot!
  • 35'
    A superb tempo to this encounter! PSG are the better side, creating a bevy of chances, but Bastia have shown that they have a trick or two up their sleeves!
  • 33'
    After considerable posturing, maneuvering and gesticulating, it's Lucas Moura who strikes it, and he bends it juuust over the wall...but Landreau dives to his right to parry smartly!
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Julien Palmieri
  • 31'
    PSG have very tasty looking set piece, dead centre, just over 20 yards from the target. They're queuing up for this one!
  • 29'
    PSG right back at the other end of the pitch, and the lively Lucas Moura weaves in and out of traffic to have a go on goal, but it's deflected narrowly off target!
  • 27'
    OOOH, and that's even closer! Bastia see a great chance go begging, as Khazri's cross is met by the sky-high Bruno, who just steers his header a little to high!
  • 25'
    That's better from Bastia, as Krasic gets a good ball into the box, but Marquinhos is first to it, and heads clear.
  • 23'
    Bruno called for a suspicious looking handball near the touchline, a harsh break for the striker. Nothing at all going right for the visitors.
  • 21'
    What a block! Ongenda stands up a looping cross the the far post, and Moura is leaping to meet it. It seems destined to be number three, but Palmieri shows some incredible hops to head clear the ball from the top corner, almost smashing his head into the woodwork in the process!
  • 19'
    Another opening for the capital outfit, as Lucas Moura cuts in from the flanks and arrows a low stinger in towards the far-bottom corner, but he's about a foot off the mark.
  • 17'
    PSG are completely flowing now, looking good bets for a goal every time they attack. This could be a long afternoon for Bastia...
  • 15'
    RABIOT! The midfielder makes a late run forward and is fed instantly, and fires low on goal, but Landreau does just about enough to parry his effort, and it bounces narrowly over the bar!
  • 13'
    Assist Lucas
  • 13'
    Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Ibrahimovic buries another! Lucas Moura whips in a free kick from the left, and the in-swinging ball catches the Bastia defence completely asleep, allowing Ibrahimovic all the time he needs to stride into the centre of the box and glance in a header!
  • 13'
  • 12'
    That goal was eerily reminiscent of his outrageous effort for Sweden against Italy way back in Euro 2004. It's almost par for the course with Ibra these days, and he may have another pop as PSG win a dangerous free kick...
  • 10'
    Assist Hervin Ongenda
  • 10'
    Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Oooohhh, how typically audacious from the Swede! A cross from the right is flicked high into the air by Ongenda, and Ibrahimovic, cool as you like, sticks out a leg and flicks the ball behind his head into the back of the net! Magnificent!
  • 10'
  • 8'
    PSG are really playing patiently here, as Bastia endeavor to crowd the zone in front of their box on every defensive possession. Ibrahimovic has barely had a sniff so far.
  • 6'
    Bastia not looking entirely out of their element here, they are holding onto the ball with some conviction, but cannot force their way into PSG's defensive third.
  • 6'
    Bastia not looking entirely out of their element here, they are holding onto the ball with some conviction, but cannot force their way into PSG's defensive third.
  • 4'
    Some nice dribbling from Krasic (remember him?) on the touchline is immediately halted by the referee's whistle as there appeared to be an infraction by the Serb.
  • 3'
    As expected, the home side attempting to go on top right from the first whistle. Jallet is the first to try his luck, slicing a half volley in towards goal.
  • 1'
    And after a small delay, we're off! PSG get the ball rolling.
  • The teams are getting ready to make their way out onto the pitch, looks like a bubbly atmosphere inside Parc des Princes!
  • Ibrahimovic has been passed fit for the hosts, after sitting out the international break with a thigh complaint. Seemed like a more precautionary ommision than anything from the capital outfit, but he's raring to go again. Verratti and Motta are absent though, so Rabiot and Matuidi will look to fill the void in the middle.
  • The omens favour the home side. PSG have racked up eight wins in their last nine games - with the only blot coming after a draw against nouveaux rivaux Monaco. Bastia, meanwhile, have yet to win away from home this campaign, and really, you'd find it hard to back the visitors today, with all due respect.
  • BASTIA: Landreau, Palmieri, Modesto, Cioni, Harek, Romaric, Cahuzac, Krasic, Boudebouz, Khazri, Bruno.
  • PSG: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Marquinhos, Digne, Menez, Matuidi, Rabiot, Lucas, Ibrahimovic, Ongenda.
  • First, our teams.
  • Hello, and welcome to another round of Ligue 1 action at Parc des Princes, where Paris Saint-Germain host Bastia. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designated scribe for today's action.