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3 November 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: L. Duhamel
• Attendance: 44516
G. Hoarau 88'
M. Sakho 55' (own goal)
P. Aubameyang 73'
THAT's IT! BOOS ring round the stadium as PSG suffer a first league defeat all season, and their first at home in a year. Ibrahimovic saw red, and will miss next week's game against Montpellier, as Marseille are handed the advantage. Dramatic win for Sainte, and thanks for joining our Ligue 1 coverage here on Goal.com
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME: PSG 1-2 Saint Etienne
90' + 4'
Sissoko with a long clearance, but Bodmer is penalised for a tackle on Perrin. Surely that's it. Surely.
90' + 3'
UNBELIEVABLE! It looked like Sissoko was actually going to score there, but Bayal Sall did his job before Cohade's clearence. Backs to the wall job, but PSG need more time!
90' + 2'
Yellow CardMamadou Sakho
90' + 2'
Sakho is booked - and we're in to three of those four minutes signalled. PSG are unable to get the ball, as Maxwell fires in a long ball he dribbles past everyone into the penalty box - AND SISSOKO CAN'T GET THE SHOT AWAY! DRAMATIC!
90' + 1'
OUCH! Lemoine is clattered into by Sakho and Sissoko, and he needs medical attention. Stoppage will be extended.
FOUR ADDED MINUTES AT THE PARC DES PRINCES!
Into stoppage time now - Salvatore Sirigu clears the ball, but we have an injury - concern for Lemoine who is clattered into.
Hoarau's finish was his first league goal since March - PSG have a minute and injury time to maintain their unbeaten record. Aubameyang takes a free-kick after Sissoko's silly foul, but it is blocked.
GOAAL! PSG MAKE IT 2-1! The fans continue to jeer, as Hoarau fires in from a loose ball after a well-worked corner. Ruffier stood no chance. We have a grandstand finish on our hands! Can Sainte hold on?
Yellow CardJérémy Menez
LOW SHOT! Fantastic effort from Clement, as his low attempt is fired past Sirigu, just narrowly down the post. Menez is booked by the referee for dissent.
Alonso tug's Menez's shirt, but play is allowed to continue! Laurent Duhamel waves the winger's pleas away as PSG struggle against the resurgent visitors. Menez is furious.
Aubameyang is lively once more, holding off a defender and finding Gradel. The Ivorian feeds to Cohade, but the ball is played all the way back. The visitors are very comfortable in possession at the minute.
Worth noting, the match ban that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve is against champions Montpellier next weekend. PSG will sorely miss him there, surely?
Menez attempts two strikes, which are blocked - but Sainte are on the break through Gradel who cannot locate Aubameyang who in turn cannot get past Thiago Silva to retrieve the pass.
Saint-Etienne make a final change as Joshua Guilavogui goes off for Renaud Cohade. Ancelotti staring at his first home league defeat since taking over
PSG meanwhile continue to halve the deficit - but their place at the top is now under threat, as Marseille sit only 3 points behind with TWO games in hand, remember.
Saint-Etienne still dominating, and the extra-man tells as Bodmer clears a ball off Lemoine. He has looked shaky since coming on.
Yellow CardMohamed Lamine Sissoko
This is PSG's first defeat at home since March, after a 3-1 reverse to Lyon in the French Cup, and their first home league defeat since November 2011, and a 1-0 win for Nancy.
It's all kicking off in Paris - as Saint-Etienne take a 2-0 lead with a quarter of an hour to go against ten-man PSG after Ibrahimovic's red card. Unbelievable scenes.
The goal was assisted by Alejandro Alonso - who after that Ibra melee, came on to replace Brandao, that went unnoticed. Meanwhile, Ruffier is seeking treatment as play goes on after still feeling the effects of that fly-kick.
GOAAL!! 2-0 SAINT ETIENNE! Terrible mistake by Bodmer, and Aubameyang comes on to slice the ball under Sirigu. What controversy, but Sainte are surely home and dry now!
Massive controversy as the referee sends off Ibrahimovic for his collision with the referee. The players are going crazy, but it was the right decision.
Red CardZlatan Ibrahimovic
RED CARD ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC! OH MY WORD! Massive drama, the referee has sent off the big Swede. For what? The high foot it seems.
Hold-up in play as Zlatan Ibrahimovic limps after colliding with Stephane Ruffier - looked like a high foot went in there. Ibra almost flykicked the goalkeeper.
Mohamed Lamine Sissoko
Last throw of the dice for PSG - as Sissoko comes on for the limping Chantome. Referee holds play as Ibrahimovic is forced to apologise to Bayal.
It's all Sainte at the moment as Gradel and Clerc combine on the right, with Lemoine striking from distance, which is blocked by Sakho. PSG fans jeer, with the visitors holding onto the ball for as long as possible!
RUFFIER! Fantastic save - and he holds it at the second attempt. Van der Wiel makes progress on the right and delivers in a low cross towards Ibrahimovic - but the goalkeeper palms it away, before holding onto it.
HOARAU! Oh how close was that? From the corner, the substitute rises highest to get to the loose ball, and his header is bounced off the ground, and over the bar by INCHES. So close.
Sliced clearance by Bayal as Brison is physically outmuscled by Maxwell. PSG with the corner and it's Menez to take. They have to make this count right now.
Gradel on the right makes progress, cutting in and slamming a low shot into the hands of Sirigu. Sainte have waited 35 years between their first two victories in the capital - can they make it two in five years here now? 1-0 up with half an hour to go.
PSG are on the back foot, despite statistics showing otherwise. Ancelotti's side have 58% possession, and more than 100 extra passes, but the visitors are more defensively solid at the moment.
HOARAU! Almost an instant impact as the ball towards Ibrahimovic meets the substitute, who in turn attempts a woeful bicycle-kick as the ball goes behind. The match has opened up now!
Substitution - Marco Verratti is off for Guillaume Hoarau, who was a controversial player in midweek.
Ibrahimovic is isolated up front, as he watches Javier Pastore attempt to convert the ball past a concentrating Stephane Ruffier, with the goalkeeper watching the ball go past. PSG seeking a change here.
PSG fans jeer, as Makelele looks on with a stern face. That was PSG's first goal that they have conceded in the second half in Ligue 1 ALL SEASON!
Own GoalMamadou Sakho
GOOAAL!! SAINT ETIENNE HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD! Great movement from the visitors as Aubameyang races onto a fine pass, and beats Sakho who keeps him onside. The defender subsequently deflects the striker's effort past Sirigu into his own net.
Perrin clears a ball long towards Brandao, who is beaten to it by Thiago Silva. The visitors are effective in holding possession and are on the break here with Aubameyang...
The camera pans to former Arsenal midfielder and Man City executive Patrick Vieira who is in deep conversation with France team-mate Lilian Thuram. Celebrities indeed.
And it's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who comes on for midfielder Romain Hamouma. The Gabonese international has six goals in Ligue 1.
SAKHO! Less said about that, the better. Delivery in from Menez is headed away, and the defender steadies himself before firing well over the bar. Substitution for Sainte soon.
Thiago Silva with a long through ball past Lemoine and into the path of Ibrahimovc, whose touch is heavy. Van der Wiel then cuts a pass through to the Brazilian, who is fouled by Brison.
Pastore has been invigorated in the first few minutes of the second half, as he wins a corner off Francois Clerc on the left. Verratti's corner is short to Menez, an Clement eventually clears.
PASTORE! Fantastic header, and it only skims past the left post. Ruffier was well beaten, and stuck in the middle, as he watched the header fly off the left. Close from the Argentine, and maybe that can increase his low confidence at the minute.
Already a free-kick to the hosts, as Moustapha Bayal Sall lunges in and concedes a set-piece in a very dangerous position on the left. Maxwell to take here....
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF IN PARIS! Can Saint-Etienne improve on their first-half showing?
Half-time it is, and surprisingly the league leaders are booed off at half-time despite a decent performance. Sainte have had decent chances, with Gradel in particular looking lively. Second half to come soon.
45' + 2'
And it ends meekly. HALF-TIME: PSG 0-0 Saint-Etienne
INTO TWO ADDED MINUTES AT THE PARC DES PRINCES.
Yellow CardJosuha Guilavogui
Chantome in a lot of pain, as Guilavogui goes in rashly. PSG have already lost a midfielder. They do not want to lose another one.
No is the answer, as Hamouma's delivery is well punched away by Sirigu, with the rebound sailing far over the bar. Edging towards the end of the first-half here at the Parc des Princes.
Verratti goes in hard on Gradel, and argues to the referee in a very Italian way. Free-kick to Sainte, about 25 metres out. Can the visitors make this count?
SAKHO! And it curls over the bar. The defender beats Guilavogui in mid-air, but fres his header clean over the woodwork.
Seven minutes till half-time as PSG struggle to penetrate a resolute Sainte defence. Menez takes a corner meanwhile....
Pastore carves out a chance, by powering a pass towards Ibrahimovic, but the forward cannot exactly get some sort of control on it as it speeds out for a goal-kick. Meanwhile, Aubameyang warms up on the touch-line.
Lemoine powers through the midfield, and intends to spray a pass towards Brandao, but Thiago Silva holds off the forwards, and clears on the left.
It's still Saint-Etienne who are beginning to dominate in this period. Clement gets forward, but slams a low shot - which appears to come off Chantome - wide.
Half-chance for Sainte as Brandao holds off Sakho, passing low towards Hamouma, who scoops over the bar.
MENEZ! Over the bar, but a very good opening for the hosts. Ibrahimovic's first touch paves the way, as Menez picks up the ball on the edge, holds off a marker, but fires over Ruffier's net.
Action on the PSG bench, as Blaise Matuidi succumbs to injury, with the midfielder off against his former club. In his place is Mathieu Bodmer who started in midweek.
Poor from Hamouma. The visitors are on the attack, as Clerc gets forward, with the former Caen man picking up the ball from the edge of the area, but unable to get past Sakho.
Oh dear, what a poor cross. Menez attempts to make headway by firing a shot from distance. It's blocked by Perrin, but as the ball falls to the right-back, he powers his cross over everyone, and it goes out for a throw-in. Jeers from the fans.
Gradel has been pretty lively so far in this first half, constantly causing havoc down that left-flank. At the moment though it is still PSG 0-0 Saint-Etienne.
Yellow CardGregory van der Wiel
First yellow of the game, and it's awarded to Gregory van der Wiel, for a rash challenge on Gradel. The ball had long been gone - the right-back will now face a one-match ban.
A very slow tempo in this match, as PSG bide their time to force Sainte into a mistake. A pass from midfield in towards Maxwell is over-hit, and the former Inter man cannot get to it in time.
Replays show a lovely back-hell from Menez to Maxwell to create that opening. Meanwhile, assistant coaches Paul Clement and Claude Makelele are in deep discussion as Joshua Guilavogui strikes from distance, firing wide.
Pastore finds space , as Bayal forces the ball wide to Maxwell. The Brazilian gets past Clerc, but the backheel from Menez means the pass is off at the moment - but Clerc's poor pass ensures a nervy moment before the defence finally get their line straight.
Chantome makes progress, along with Van der Wiel on this left-side, as Menez loses the ball - bringing a stern look from the 31-year-old. Saint Etienne look somewhat comfortable at the back
Brandao goes down under the challenge of Sakho, but the referee waves play on, as Van der Wiel returns the ball to the safety of Sirigu. Ibrahimovic drops in deep near the half-way line to create an opening.
Menez's progress is blocked by the defender, and the lively Gradel is on the break once more, supported by left-back Brison. Once more, hs cross fails to connect with Brandao and goes behind.
An early look at Goal.com's MatchCentre stats - with PSG enjoying two thirds of possession, and making double the passes. You can see how restricted the visitors are, with 25% of their passes being long ones.
Saint-Etienne have a corner, with Hamouma finding Clerc on the wing, and his first-time cross is blocked away by Maxwell. PSG a little hesistant at the moment, but Maxwell gets the ball away.
Ouch! Thiago Silva in a bit of a revenge attack on Brandao, scything him from behind. Referee Laurent Duhamel brings over the defender, to tick him off.
PSG meanwhile, have not lost in Ligue 1 for 14 games - the longest of any current side in the top-flight. Their last league defeat was in Lille in early May.
Fantastic by the Parisian side, with Menez calmly threading the ball up - Ruffier it was, making the angle small and blocking the ball away. Denies Ibrahimovic his 200th league goal..........for now.
Verratti and Menez combine well, with the ball being thread beautifully towards Ibrahimovic in space. Stephane Ruffier blocks it away with a SUPER STOP - beating the ball away with his legs.
Thiago Silva in a little bit of discomfort as he takes a blow to the cheek by Brazilian striker Brandao. The 27 year old is OK however, as Sainte defend a throw-in.
Saint-Etienne's last win in Paris came in 2007, thanks to a 2-0 win. Their previous one before that came 35 years previously. Only two in 31 for the visitors here in the capital.
Brilliant movement from the visitors, as Maxwell is caught in possession, leading to a Sainte break - Max Gradel weaves in with his stepovers and his low shot is hurriedly blocked by Thiago Silva
Not bad at all, as Gradel forces his way past van der Wiel, and chipping a speculative cross towards Brandao, but the ball evades the Brazilian and goes out for the goal-kick instead.
Sakho jumps awkwardly with Brandao, with the former Marseille man getting on the ball. Thiago Silva launches a long ball towards Menez, as Brison intercepts. Gradel on the counter now...
Corner wasted as Matuidi returns from treatment. He is limping, having been suffering against Nancy last weekend, and featuring the full 90 against Marseille. Mathieu Bodmer warms up.
VAN DER WIEL! Oh my, that was not intended at all. The Dutchman races down the right wing, and slightly mis-hits his cross which is palmed away from goal by Ruffier. The hosts have a corner.
Already a injury blow for the hosts with Matuidi feeling some discomfort after suffering from a rash challenge against his former club. PSG down to ten at the moment.
Equal start, as Javier Pastore attempts to run on a pass made by Ibrahimovic. The Argentine had a trial at Sainte in 2007, but was rejected.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! Saint-Etienne get us started, attacking from right to left. Can they inflict a first league defeat on the hosts?
This afternoon's referee is Laurent Duhamel. Can we expect Ibrahimovic 200 to happen today? Let's wait and see.
The teams emerge to Avicii's 'Levels' - not a bad choice of song anyway, but the pre-match formalities are underway. Not long to go until kick-off.
TEAM NEWS Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns from a midweek rest to start, as Guillaume Hoarau is dropped to the bench. Blaise Matuidi faces his former side, with Clement Chantome replacing Mathieu Bodmer. Gregory van der Wiel unseats club captain Christophe Jallet at right-back. For the visitors, Jean-Pascal Mignot only makes the bench, with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failing to shrug off a thigh knock, and only makes the bench. In his place, Max Gradel sits just behind former Marseille striker Brandao.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Sakho (c), Maxwell; Chantôme, Verratti, Matuidi; Pastore; Ibrahimovic, Ménez
SAINT-ETIENNE: Ruffier; Clerc, Perrin (c), Bayal, Brison; Lemoine, Clément, Guilavogui; Hamouma, Gradel; Brandao
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
With both sides coming through their cup tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, the two teams will face each other at the end of the month at Stade Geoffrey Guichard with a place in the last four at stake. Meanwhile, Saint-Etienne are hoping for only their third win in the French capital.
Saint-Etienne meanwhile are on a decent run of form themselves, sitting in fifth in Ligue 1 and are unbeaten over the last month. Christophe Galtier's side have looked rather good recently, with a 3-0 win over Sochaux in midweek ensuring a place in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. However, they have not won in Paris for over five years. Can that change today?
Ancelotti can welcome back a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is on the verge of a very big milestone this afternoon. Should he net against Saint-Etienne, it would be his 200th league goal of his career, taking into account strikes from Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and AC Milan, and now PSG. A very storied career thus far for the 31-year old. The Swede was also rested in the cup win in midweek, and should be raring to go.
Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table, having remained there courtesy of their slender 1-0 win at Nancy last weekend, and with arch-rivals Marseille not playing due to a postponement. Carlo Ancelotti's side also have the added bonus of easing past L'OM in the Coupe de la Ligue, inflicting a first cup defeat in four years on their title challengers. A win today, and it's provisionally six points clear.
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, on the box 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 AS Saint-Etienne, at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Confirmed team news shortly.
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