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April 29, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Parc des Sports — Annecy
Referee:‬ O. Thual‎
Attendance:‬ 14621‎
 
 

Evian 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Pastore edges title ever closer for Ancelotti's side

Carlo Ancelotti's side moved within three points of the crown but were made to sweat at the end as they came under pressure following red cards to Marco Verratti and David Beckham

By Robin Bairner

Ligue 1 : Brice Dja Djedje vs Marco Verratti (Evian TG vs Paris SG)
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Paris Saint-Germain could win the Ligue 1 title next weekend after they defeated Evian 1-0 at Parc des Sports in Annecy on Sunday night.

A solitary goal from Javier Pastore early in the second period was sufficient for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to take another step towards the crown, though this was a match in which both sides missed some excellent chances and the guests finished with nine men following dismissals for Marco Verratti and David Beckham.

The decisive blow came after a first period in which PSG had fashioned some good openings without being particularly inspired. Pastore’s goal was therefore a little out of character for the match to that point as it involved a lovely flowing move started with Jeremy Menez and ended when the Argentine bent a fine shot into the net from the edge of the box after a clever square pass from Christophe Jallet.

To that point, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had enjoyed the visitors’ best moments but had failed to find the net. After only four minutes he was denied by Bertrand Laquait, but it would be sneaking in at the back post following a free kick that the Swede really forced the goalkeeper to excel.

Late in the opening period the ex-AC Milan forward worked a good opening for Ezequiel Lavezzi, who struck his effort just wide.

It was shortly after opening the scoring that PSG enjoyed their best moments, though. From a Menez cross Verratti would scramble an effort against the bar before Ibrahimovic hit the follow up high. Moments later, Lavezzi pounced on an error from Laquait but could not manoeuvre the ball beyond Cedric Mongongu, who was stationed on the line.

Relegation-threatened Evian were woken after this moment. Having been no threat whatsoever to that point, Salvatore Sirigu was called to make a stop from a Daniel Wass free kick and then reacted very quickly to prevent a powerful Saber Khlifa effort finding the net.

The pressure was mounting on PSG and only increased when Verratti was shown a second yellow card with 10 minutes left – a reaction that prompted the young Italian to be angrily berated by Ancelotti as he stormed towards the tunnel.

Beckham was brought on to add some calm but in stoppage-time he was also shown a red card for a stamping challenge on Youssef Adnane, though he did not actually make contact with the forward.

Nevertheless, the capital side stood firm in the closing moments under significant scrutiny and will effectively tie up the Ligue 1 crown next weekend if they beat Valenciennes due to their far superior goal difference to second-placed Marseille. Indeed, bettering the Provence side’s result at all will see PSG lift a first league title since 1993-94.


Evian Thonon Gaillard

16
Bertrand Laquait
Goalkeeper
3.00
18
Daniel Wass
Defender
2.50
21
Cedric Mongongu
Defender
2.50
26
B. Dja Djé Djé
Midfielder
20′
3.00
21
Mohammed Rabiu
Midfielder
32′
3.00
14
Cédric Barbosa
Midfielder
85′
3.00
18
Milos Ninkovic
Midfielder
59′
2.50
24
Olivier Sorlin
Midfielder
3.00
22
Cedric Cambon
Midfielder
2.50
20
Y. Sagbo
Striker
79′
2.50
29
Saber Khlifa
Striker
96′
3.00

Paris Saint-Germain

3.50
30
3.50
4
3.00
33
Alex
Defender
3.00
17
Maxwell
Defender
46′
3.50
26
2.00
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
84′
3.00
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
2.00
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
27′ 81′
4.00
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
50′ 88′
3.50
10
2.50
21

Substitutes

1
Johann Durand
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Iheb Mbarki
Defender
85′
2.50
17
 - 
19
 - 
4
Eric Tie Bi
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50
11
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
 - 
17
 - 
22
2.50
23
3.00
20
2.00
32
David Beckham
Midfielder
84′ 93′
 - 
11

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  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
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Results
 
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