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November 9, 2013 9:30 PM IST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ A. Delerue‎
Attendance:‬ 45599‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 OGC Nice

Laurent Blanc's men extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hat-trick, although Nemanja Pejcinovic did at least net a consolation

By Mohammed Ali

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    0
    1
    2.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Beaten once by Pejcinovic's strike, the Italian international was otherwise a solid presence at the back, making a couple of good saves.

  • Thiago Silva
    3
    1
    2.50

    Thiago Silva

    The Brazilian defender made his first competitive start for weeks, and enjoyed an incident-free performance. Made a couple of key interceptions but troubled at times with the threat from Bruls.

  • Alex
    0
    1
    2.50

    Alex

    Alongside his compatriot, Alex played out a decent game at the back, limiting the influence of the ineffectual Dario Cvitanich, though like Thiago Silva, given a testing time.

  • Maxwell
    1
    1
    2.50

    Maxwell

    A rather average performance from the left-back, who got up as often as he could on the flanks. A few great deliveries out wide but not tested.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    1
    1
    2.50

    Gregory van der Wiel

    The Dutch full-back fared well on the wings, managing to assert his authority on the right side. Linked well with Cavani, with a couple of decent moves, but still needs to work on his defensive strategy.

  • Thiago Motta
    2
    0
    3.00

    Thiago Motta

    In the absence of Marco Verratti, the Italy international was the key passer in midfield, constantly laying balls over the top for Ibrahimovic and Cavani to give chase. Efficient in the middle.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    1
    0
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    Recovered from a rather nasty facial wound to really perform and outfight a rather inefficient Nice midfield. His versatility helped him in good stead this evening.

  • Adrien Rabiot
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adrien Rabiot

    The young midfielder fared better in one of his few starts this afternoon. Fared better when he was more advanced, and managed to make a good account of himself.

  • Javier Pastore
    3
    0
    3.00

    Javier Pastore

    Handed a first start after a recent bout of poor form, Pastore managed well - though there were still a few flaws in his game this evening. Linked well with Van der Wiel, creating chances.

  • Edinson Cavani
    1
    4
    2.00

    Edinson Cavani

    Cavani endured a difficult outing, not exactly highlighting his outstanding finishing ability up against rookie goalkeeper Lucas Veronese. Upstaged by Ibrahimovic, adding to the question whether these two can still perform with each other?

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    15
    1
    4.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The star of the show tonight, and the Swede captures all the headlines once again. A brilliant hat-trick struck, meaning he now has eight goals in his last four games. A late shout for the Ballon D'Or?

Substitutions

  • Jérémy Menez
    0
    0

    Jérémy Menez

    Came on late in the second half.

  • Lucas
    4
    0
    3.00

    Lucas

    Made an instant impact, setting up Ibrahimovic's third goal 27 seconds after coming on. A great, if brief, cameo.

  • Lucas Veronese
    0
    2
    2.00

    Lucas Veronese

    The young goalkeeper made his first start in Ligue 1 against the champions and as expected, he struggled after being beaten three times by Ibrahimovic.

  • T. Kolodziejczak
    0
    1
    2.00

    T. Kolodziejczak

    Didn't make much of an impact at all, no connection with Christian Bruls, and attacked on the wing intermittently. Not his best game in all honesty.

  • Nemanja Pejcinovic
    0
    1
    2.50

    Nemanja Pejcinovic

    Struggled at the back, but produced a couple of key blocks to keep his side in the game. Showed great positional sense to reduce the deficit with Nice's only goal.

  • Grégoire Puel
    0
    1
    2.50

    Grégoire Puel

    The young full-back attempted to assert his authority at the back, to varying degrees of success. Not as threatening, and perhaps should've seen red for pulling on Ibrahimovic's shirt.

  • Didier Digard
    0
    1
    2.50

    Didier Digard

    The tenacious midfielder had a difficult evening in midfield, attempting to revitalise his flagging side. Didn't really use possession as efficiently, and wasteful, despite causing a few problems for PSG.

  • Mahamane El Hadji Traoré
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mahamane El Hadji Traoré

    Traore's performance tonight was as average as you'd expect. Didn't really test Sirigu, or even contribute sufficiently to the attack. Nevertheless, defensively, he was impressive at times.

  • Christian Brüls
    1
    0
    3.50

    Christian Brüls

    The attacking midfielder was at the centre of all of Nice's attacking endeavours this evening. If only his team-mates were on the same page. Superb on the wings for much of the evening.

  • Valentin Eysseric
    0
    1
    2.00

    Valentin Eysseric

    Didn't feature nearly as heavily as Bruls, despite his position as the creative hub of this Nice side. Poor delivery of the setpieces also marred his evening.

  • Nampalys Mendy
    0
    1
    2.00

    Nampalys Mendy

    Struggled to assert himself in midfield, and was substituted promptly in the second half.

  • Mathieu Bodmer
    0
    1
    2.00

    Mathieu Bodmer

    Injury curtailed his evening midway through the first period.

  • Darío Cvitanich
    0
    1
    1.50

    Darío Cvitanich

    Made no impact whatsoever this evening. A huge disappointment for the Argentine forward.

Substitutions

  • Kevin Gomis
    0
    0

    Kevin Gomis

    Came on to replace the injured Mathieu Bodmer.

  • Jordan Amavi
    0
    0

    Jordan Amavi

    Thrown on in the second half, but had little time to make an impact.

  • Luigi Bruins
    0
    0

    Luigi Bruins

    Late introduction to the field.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Olympique Lyonnais
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Olympique de Marseille
14 1