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21 January 2013
• Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Referee: S. Lannoy
• Attendance: 32000
Z. Ibrahimovic 43'
FULL-TIME: Bordeaux 0-1 PSG - Ibrahimovic's winner sends the club back to the top of the Ligue 1 table.
90' + 3'
Ibrahimovic didn't get there in time, as Pastore's header into his path was headed away. Last moment, as a corner is awarded, but there isn't even time!
90' + 2'
Into the second of those three added minutes at Stade Chaban Delmas. Bordeaux have a late push here, as Mariano gears up for a throw-in. A cross in and headed away by Camara - he has been solid tonight, the fourth-choice defender.
THREE ADDED MINUTES.
Ibrahimovic can't get away from his marker, and the ball rolls out for a throw-in. Huge roar from the Bordeaux fans, as added time begins.
Sylvain Armand represents the final change for PSG against Bordeaux. It's a gritty win for PSG, if it stays like this. They've done their bit, and have shut up shop it seems. Not pretty, but it has to be done.
Four minutes to go, and the match has an air of finality around it. Bordeaux just haven't been interested enough to secure the equaliser, and it appears that PSG will walk over the line. No inspiration whatsoever.
Pastore's fine pass sees the visitors make progresses, but a penalty appeal is waved away. Menez, under the challenge of Henrique.
PSG still attempting to gain a second goal as Bordeaux begin to crumble under tired legs. Maxwell's foray down the left is long and over-hit.
Really turgid encounter this one, as we enter the final nine minutes. PSG set to return to the top of the Ligue 1 table, level on points with Lyon, and one ahead of Marseille. Shaping up to be a real title race.
Ludovic Obraniak and Fahid Ben Khalfallah are both off in favour of David Bellion and Hadi Sacko. Meanwhile, on the pitch, a fine shot goes wide.
Yellow Card Jérémy Menez
Jeremy Menez booked for dissent, after appearing to come right upto the referee. Bordeaux have a free-kick after a foul from Jallet.
Saif Al Qubaisi comments: Why did Lucas get substituted? - just a precaution. Not at full fitness, since his move from Brazil.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah
Rain now lashing down in Bordeaux. Javier Pastore ready to come on, to be replacing Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has had an average game by his standards.
Corner not taken advantage by PSG as we enter the final stage of tonight's encounter. The capital club have looked comfortable, if not at full tilt. As long as they can keep FCGB at bay, they should not have problems.
MAXWELL! What a chance, great save by Carrasso. Lovely movement from Ibrahimovic to disguise a pass to his team-mate. Maxwell, faced with an acute angle, shoots straight at the goalkeeper and out.
Substitution for Paris Saint-Germain: Lucas Moura is subbed in favour of Clement Chantome.
GOUFFRAN! Almost an equaliser, lovely block away by Camara who saves PSG there. Rebound falls to Fahid Ben Khalfallah and volleyed over! A better moment from les Girondins. More of the same!
Bordeaux's recent form has seen them get one win and five draws (consecutively). They are the Ligue 1 draw specialists. Can they nick a point here? They'll have to step up their efforts.
Stand-in referee Benoit Bastien awards a free-kick to Bordeaux, played short after an infringement near the halfway line. Helped on by Sertic, but once more - it looks all to pedestrian at the moment.
Corner delivered in by Tremoulinas, headed on by Obraniak, and somehow, it did not cross the line. Ricochets off Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then Maxwell before Sirigu smothers it.
27 minutes to go in this fixture, plus added time. No sense of urgency from either side, and it appears that PSG are happy to sit on the one goal lead that will return them back to the top of the Ligue 1 table. Bordeaux meanwhile, have a corner.
Saivet does well to get past his marker, Maxwell - after holding up the ball and crossing in the middle. However, no target to cross to! Ball sails out, after being headed away by Sakho.
Ibrahimovic aims to go for the chip, after spotting Carrasso a few inches off his line. Easy for the ex Marseille goalkeeper. Bordeaux on the attack in response.
Doesn't appear that Gouffran is injured, and indeed he returns to the fold. Attempts to get past between Camara and Jallet, but the latter duo hold strong to deny the striker. Not enjoying the best of games.
SERTIC! Dragged wide. The midfielder spurns a good opportunity after his shot drags wide of Sirigu's goal. Meanwhile, Gouffran is ordered to go off, to receive medical attention. Down to ten for now.
Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi combining well again to force a second as PSG aim to put this match to bed. Tremoulinas does well to come across and nullify the threat.
A rather pedestrian start to the second period too, much like the first. Lavezzi controls the ball again, into Ibrahimovic, and the lofted ball is offside. Poor. An inch sooner, and that would've been a well-worked goal.
Kris Timsina comments on the Goal.com matchcentre: "I knew it. Lucas is great." - he's yet to shine fully, unlike last week - but he has provided a stellar assist.
Lavezzi attempts to forge an opening by crossing on the outside of his boot, but cleared away by the Bordeaux defence. Eventually, Ibrahimovic goes down and wants a free-kick but the referee waves play on.
Obraniak's free-kick delivered in deep, but a decision is awarded against Bordeaux after Sane's handling of Sakho. Poor from the defender. Meanwhile, Javier Pastore warming up.
Yellow Card Marco Verratti
Verratti goes in hard on Plasil, and that earns him the second booking of this game. He's been totting them up over the season. Nevertheless, free-kick to Bordeaux. Can they find the equaliser?
Lavezzi ploughs forward to connect with Ibrahimovic, but threatically goes over. Referee waves play on, and Obraniak is on the counter. Headed away by Zoumana Camara.
Underway in the second half. No changes to report.
The teams are out in the second half, taking slightly longer than usual. Bordeaux trail, and their 10 month home record is about to be put to the test here.
Hamodi Omran comments: I really don't like the way zlatan ibrahimovic is playing... this is not the zlatan i used to know < Can't please some!
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Half-time in France, and Ibrahimovic's 19th league goal remains the difference in Ligue 1. He has 19 for the season, just two shy of last year's leading total by Nene and Olivier Giroud. It's been a rather disjointed game though, and neither side have the stranglehold.
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME: Bordeaux 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Ibrahimovic 43')
45' + 2'
Carrasso has to work to retain possession after a poor back pass from Sane. Moura chases down the ball, but Carrasso ensures that it ricochets off him, and for a goal-kick.
Yellow Card Benoit Tremoulinas
Lucas Moura's first assist in French football, and it was a lovely pass into Ibrahimovic. Just squirmed under Carrasso, who in truth should've done better with that.
There'll be THREE added minutes at the end of the first half in Bordeaux - mainly due to the injury sustained to referee Stephane Lannoy.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC! PSG take the lead against Bordeaux! Fantastic pass from Lucas Moura into the Sweden international, and he calmly converts past Cedric Carrasso. Advantage - PSG!
SAIVET! Just wide. Should've done better. Gouffran's pull back sees a cross delivered in and it's headed wide by the young forward, as Sirigu sees it go behind.
OBRANIAK! Beautiful shot, and good save by Sirigu. It's at a decent height, and the Italy international has to go full stretch to palm that away. Gouffran retrieves it, hoping to resurrect the move.
Sakho moves forward to lay the ball off for Matuidi, and into Ibrahimovic, but it's overhit and the pass just easily rolls towards Carrasso. Not on the same wavelength here, the visitors.
Saivet picks out Obraniak on the edge of the area as Bordeaux aim to keep possession in the final third. Mariano tees himself up to launch a ferocious shot, but it blasts Verratti out of the way!
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Ten minutes to go until half-time, and young Lucas Moura is finding it tough out there against a rather powerful and robust Bordeaux side. A rude awakening to life in France, it seems.
Plasil does well to keep the play alive, with Mariano's cross headed away by Sakho. Tremoulinas attempts to work Jallet, but another block from the captain sees the ball go out for a throw-in.
Yellow Card Ludovic Sané
IBRAHIMOVIC! Tame free-kick. About 27 yards, and it's a decent position to seriously work the goalkeeper. Instead, he avoids the wall and curls a low powerless effort. Easy for Carrasso.
BOOKED: Lamine Sane - PSG break with Menez, with Ibrahimovic just ahead of him. Clipped by Sane - the winger goes down and wins a free-kick 27 yards out. Stand-in ref Benoit Bastien issues the first yellow.
TREMOULINAS! Blocked by Verratti. The left-back, one of the best in his position in France sniffs an opportunity and fires a powerful effort towards goal, it's blocked by the young Italian.
Jallet has looked rather comfortable on the ball this evening, constantly keeping the threatening Benoit Tremoulinas quiet. Menez almost causes trouble after coming to help at the back, by passing to Sirigu an inch from goal! Risky.
Ibrahimovic controls the ball well and moves all the way back to the centre-circle to maintain posession. He finds a team-mate, but it's all too pedestrian from the visitors at the moment.
Sertic brings the ball forward, before attempting a second time to locate Ben Khalfallah on the right. A dummy from Gouffran doesn't bamboozle Jallet who cuts it out accordingly.
Matuidi ploughs down the left, feeding Lucas, but once more Henrique has cut it out to deny another PSG attack. They've lacked some quality up front so far, though Matuidi's cross seconds before, could not be converted in by Ibrahimovic.
It's a turgid encounter so far at the Chaban-Delmas, and it is Bordeaux 0-0 PSG. Tonight's earlier games saw Lille lose 2-0 to Nice, and Bastia succumb to a 2-0 defeat to Rennes.
You'd have to go all the back to 2005 to find the last PSG win in Ligue 1 against Bordeaux. A victory here would see them return to the top of the table ahead of Lyon and Marseille.
Benoit Bastien takes the cards, whistle and the distinct yellow jersey, and restarts play. A wry smile, and we're underway again. Meanwhile, the quiet Lucas Moura moves down the middle to engage with proceedings more.
Substitution: Surprisingly, the referee is going off injured! Yes you read that right! Stephane Lannoy is going off to be replaced by fourth official, Benoit Bastien.
A very lengthy stoppage occurring here, bringing a few boos from the crowd. Doesn't look like referee Stephane Lannoy is injured, but he is changing on the touchline.
Francis Gillot looks pensive on the touchline as Lannoy goes over to lecture Ancelotti on the touchline. Something's happening with the officials here.
A delightful ball from Maxwell over six or seven Bordeaux players picks out Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who in turn displays fine control. Nevertheless, Sane is on him like a hawk, and the ball goes out harmlessly for a goal-kick, bringing howls of joy from the home crowd.
It's Bordeaux who lead the charge now. Saivet on the ball tees himself up to get away a shot, but it cannons off Zoumana Camara, before Tremoulinas recoveres possession.
PLASIL! First chance of note from the hosts. It's the Czech captain who gets a shot away, but in truth it's a tame one towards Salvatore Sirigu. Plasil is fed the ball in midfield by Sertic, before twisting and turning and firing a low effort.
Mariano picks out Saivet with a fine pass in midfield, before Tremoulinas latches onto a ball entering the wing. His low cross cannot get past Christophe Jallet, and is forced to go back.
Lavezzi leads the PSG charge but once more, cannot find an opening in which to test a currently resolute Bordeaux back four. Meanwhile, les Girondins are on the break through Mariano.
Lannoy calls Verratti to reprimand the player. The young Italian, at Pescara last season has forged a reputation of dissent against referees in Ligue 1. He'd do well to keep quiet this time around.
Verratti, starting ahead of Chantome this evening, picks out Lavezzi, who in turn supplies Menez on the left. A first-time low cross delivery from the Frenchman is cleared by Sertic, but you could see that PSG are getting into their rhythm now.
No is the answer as Maxwell's delivery towards "best friend" Ibrahimovic is headed away into the path of Matuidi, whose rebound doesn't trouble the Girondins goalkeeper.
Free-kick awarded to PSG after an infringement on the far side of the pitch. It's in a decent position, about 30 yards from goal. A good delivery to test Carrasso?
Sirigu with a woeful goal-kick all the way straight to Saivet, who in turn feeds Obraniak on the left. PSG escape that, with some astute defending.
A subdued start for PSG as Tremoulinas connects with Saivet on the near side but Jallet holds firm to deny the hosts. It's taken PSG a while to get out of the blocks in this one.
Maxwell progresses towards Lavezzi down the left, and the Argentine is reprimanded for a foul on Ben Khalfallah as he attempted to clear the ball. Lannoy gives the winger a talking to.
Plasil combines with Mariano down the right wing, but Fahid Ben Khalfallah concedes possession for a throw-in. PSG back in control on the ball.
France's Euro 2012 referee Stephane Lannoy gets us underway. PSG in their red away kit, Bordeaux in their traditional navy blue, attacking from right to left.
Poignant moment of silence for Nick Broad, PSG performance director who died on Thursday here. The players are wearing black armbands. Silence observed impeccably.
The teams are out at a chilly Stade Chaban-Delmas. Both Leonardo and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi are in attendance.
TEAM NEWS As expected for PSG, with Camara replacing Alex in the line-up. Verratti earns a rare start in midfield, with Menez preferred to Javier Pastore who is dropped. Bordeaux have Nicolas Maurice-Belay out, with Henri Saivet and Yann Gouffran leading the line. Cheick Diabate is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali, as is PSG's Mohamed Sissoko.
BORDEAUX: Carrasso, Mariano, Henrique, Sané, Trémoulinas, Khalfallah, Plasil, Sertic, Obraniak, Saivet, Gouffran
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu; Jallet, Camara, Sakho, Maxwell; Matuidi, Verratti; Lavezzi, Lucas, Ménez; Ibrahimovic.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
This match almost didn't go ahead. On Thursday evening, the performance director of PSG, Nick Broad, was involved in a car collision outside the French capital and tragically died. He was 38. Brought to the club by Carlo Ancelotti, having worked with the Italian at Chelsea, and before that at Blackburn and Birmingham, Broad was involved in both the coaching and medical side of the club. PSG's request to postpone this match was denied by the LFP and broadcaster Canal . There will be a minute's silence before tonight's game.
A few statistics and nuggets of information before tonight's fixture. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will wear number 10 this evening, following Nene's departure to Al-Gharafa this week. PSG have only won once in their last 22 away games in Bordeaux in L1 Francis Gillot's side are unbeaten in their last five encounters against PSG in L1 (W2, D3).
In fact, a PSG win would be a surprising occasion given the Aquitaine side's recent record in this fixture. The two sides have shared three draws between them in their last three fixtures. Furthermore, you would have to go all the way back to 2005 - a full seven and a bit years ago to see a last league win for PSG at this stadium.
Bordeaux meanwhile enter tonight's fixture in seventh place, though a win will take them back upto fourth (ahead of Nice, Rennes and Lorient), if they win against PSG. Should they prevail, they will move to within four points of their rivals, with Francis Gillot's side boasting the longest and (still unbeaten) home unbeaten run this season so far. In fact, they've not lost since last March to Nice at the Delmas.
The Parisian side have been dealt a blow with the news that Thiago Silva will miss the next three weeks due to injury after pulling up in the last week's fixture against the Corsicans. Midfielder Thiago Motta is banned so tonight could see the return of Marco Verratti in midfield. Alex also misses out, so Zoumana Camara will almost certainly be handed a start.
Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to return to the top of the table tonight, after Lyon's frustrating 0-0 draw with Evian. Defeat here could plunge Carlo Ancelotti's side back into "crisis". Well, not exactly, but with Marseille leapfrogging the capital club back into second, the onus is on les Parisiens to return and take a title charge after their 0-0 draw to Ajaccio last Friday.
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. Also, don't forget to interact with the Goal.com MatchCentre
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from Ligue 1. This evening's encounter sees Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, to face a formidable home side in Girondins de Bordeaux. Confirmed team news shortly.
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