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28 September 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: S. Ennjimi
• Attendance: 44745
E. Cavani 79'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: PSG 2-0 Toulouse - PSG go top of the table.
90' + 3'
GOAL! Toulouse have the ball into the box, as Ben Yedder fires past Sirigu, but the referee has chalked it off! NO GOAL! The suggestion is that Ben Basat was interfering with Sirigu's view.
90' + 2'
BEN BASAT! Toulouse's best chance of the game, and it's scuppered. What a waste. Superb delivery from Aurier, nice and low, at the far post. Eden Ben Basat races forward, but makes a horror connection as it flies behind. Poor.
90' + 1'
Into the first of three additional minutes here at the Parc des Princes.
Rare chance forward for Toulouse, but Ben Yedder's woeful pace scuppers the move. SUBSTITUTION - Toulouse: Etienne Didot is off for Adrien Regattin.
Lavezzi becoming a real threat on the left hand side,forcing Toulouse into that corner but unable to make a meaningful delivery into the penalty box. Edging towards full-time here.
Maxwell and Matuidi combine with some really slick passing, to a chant of 'OLE' from the Parisian faithful. Uros Spajic clears, and Toulouse are cleared to make their third and final change.
Toulouse are being stretched at the minute, as Maxwell and Verratti combine coming off the wing, but Thiago Motta's strike is over the bar.
Steeve Yago produces a lofted ball up top for Ben Yedder to give chase, but the France U-21 player is thwarted by the linesman's call for offside.
Cavani really asserting himself on the pitch late on, making a great impact coming off the bench. Nevertheless, can't really test Ahamada there.
Substitution - Toulouse: Wissam Ben Yedder on for Martin Braithwaite.
CAVANI! Superb pass from the Uruguayan as he finds Rabiot, but Ahamada and the defender combine to thwart the hosts. PSG have another penalty appeal waved away.
Wissam Ben Yedder
Penalty Goal Edinson Cavani
GOAL: PSG 2-0 Toulouse FC - Cavani sends Ahamada the wrong way, and that's surely that.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Lucas Moura off for Blaise Matuidi.
Penalty to PSG - Superb pass from Rabiot towards Cavani who races clear, Uros Spajic sliding with his right foot upends Cavani. A harsh call, but the substitute has a chance to wrap up victory here!
PENALTY TO PSG.
Braithwaite goes down under a challenge in the penalty box, but referee Said Ennijmi dismisses the call, as play continues. Toulouse really in charge now.
CHANTOME!! What a chance for Toulouse! It's the on loan PSG midfielder who could've silenced the Parc, but it's a stunning move. Fantastic ball over the top from Didot, as Chantome races under the pressure of the defender and an on rushing Sirigu. Loses a bit of composure, but his finish hits the side-netting.
Offside call for Aurier, who advances down the right hand side. Edging towards the final quarter of an hour, but Toulouse are growing in confidence. PSG, however, happy to settle with their one goal lead.
BRAITHWAITE! Good attempt. Chantome with a great surge forward, finding Sylla on the left side of the box. Into the path of Braithwaite, leaning backwards, and diverts his shot wide.
Free-kick for PSG. Lavezzi with an inswinging delivery, after Maxwell was fouled. The Argentine's cross is well saved by Ali Ahamada.
Eden Ben Basat
SUBSTITUTION - Toulouse FC: Eden Ben Basat is on for Oscar Trejo.
Yellow Card A. Aguilar
Ibrahimovic saved for the midweek game against Benfica here at the Parc des Princes. Cavani has 20 or so minutes to make a mark.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ibrahimovic sent flying by Aguilar, and he requires some medical attention. He'll be substituted anyway, for Edinson Cavani. Aguilar receives a yellow card for winding up the Swede.
Close TV replay on that chance - it was Rabiot who diverted Motta's corner in off the post and headed away by Martin Braithwaite. Meanwhile, there's a player down - Ibrahimovic.
MOTTA! Off the crossbar! PSG so close to making it 2-0. Great delivery from the Italy international, whose delivery floats above everyone, and off the crossbar, before it's headed away.
PSG turning the screw a little here as Toulouse are forced to sit back and defend. Lucas Moura dazzling with some good footwork, but Abdennour blocks for a corner.
LUCAS MOURA! Great run, but a tame shot, straight at Ahamada and easily blocked away by the goalkeeper. Abdennour, booked seconds ago, looks not to commit himself in the challenge.
Yellow Card Aymen Abdennour
Free-kick awarded to PSG, but it's easily picked off by Toulouse. Trejo races forward, releasing Didot on the right. Le Tefece forced to track back, but they're still in possession...
Past the hour mark, PSG leading in possession, and the foul count reads PSG 11-14 Toulouse - highlights just how edgy and competitive this fixture is.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Good attempt from the Swede, whose powerful effort blasts into the side-netting. Uses great power to evade Uros Spajic, but he cannot make it count.
SYLLA! Falls invitingly for the winger, whose low shot is well claimed by Salvatore Sirigu. Good effort, all-round.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ezequiel Lavezzi has come on for Jeremy Menez. The Frenchman has looked decent in his first league start since returning from injury.
Van der Wiel getting forward once again on the right, holding off the challenge of Issiaga Sylla, but the Dutchman goes down under the midfielder's challenge.
Braithwaite's run forward denied by the linesman's flag. The Danish forward had just gone a second quicker - though hasn't really had a chance to trouble Sirigu yet.
Chantome and Trejo combining in the middle of the park, but les Parisiens are just keeping their opponents at arm's length. Aguilar wins a free-kick off a challenge from Rabiot.
A win for Paris Saint-Germain today will take them top of Ligue 1, one point ahead of Marseille and AS Monaco - who travel to Stade de Reims tomorrow evening.
Good cross from Toulouse down the right from Serge Aurier. Sirigu initially drops, but recovers the ball at the second attempt.
Jeremy Menez with a wayward attempt from the left. Aside from a couple of good deliveries, the Frenchman hasn't really had an impact on this game.
Adrien Rabiot concedes a free-kick for a rash challenge on Martin Braithwaite. Meanwhile, Javier Pastore warming up, he has a decent scoring record v Toulouse.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF: Toulouse attacking from left to right in this half.
The teams are out in the second half, no changes reported.
HALF-TIME: Paris SG lead Toulouse 1-0 at the break thanks to Marquinhos' simple tap-in. Toulouse have been sound defensively, bar from that setback, though going forward, they've only had one chance - albeit a strong one from Abdennour. History suggests this'll point to a home win, but join me again in 15 minutes for the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Toulouse FC
45' + 1'
Trejo, who has been rather quiet in this first half, sprays a neat pass out wide for Sylla. First time cross is held by Salvatore Sirigu, and it should be the end of the first half.
45' + 1'
Into the first of TWO additional minutes at the Parc des Princes.
Another corner to Toulouse, as Sylla powers his way past Camara, and his shot cannons off Verratti for a corner. Which is then saved by Salvatore Sirigu. Strong end to the first half.
ABDENNOUR! Toulouse's best chance spurned by their best player. Superb corner delivery from Didot, as Ibrahimovic gets out of the way, allowing Abdennour a nice shot, blocked off the line.
It's a first Ligue 1 goal from the 19-year-old Brazilian, who really hasn't had that much to do at the back. Great awareness in the box, but it was Verratti with the assist.
GOAL! PSG 1-0 TOULOUSE! Marquinhos opens the scoring at the Parc des Princes! A well-taken delivery from Motta, helped on by Verratti. The Brazilian's first shot is blocked, but has it at the rebound!
Free-kick to PSG as Menez is upended by an Abel Aguilar challenge. Free-kick is right outside the box, taken by Motta
Corner doesn't really test the goalkeeper as Aymen Abdennour exchanges a few words with Zlatan Ibrahimovic! Coming up towards the end of the first half in Paris.
The move continues, as Menez's cross is picked up by Van der Wiel, who is dispossessed by Sylla, who then loses the ball. Eventually, Rabiot's strike is blocked, and it's a corner.
PSG seeing a lot more action in the Toulouse box, as Rabiot finds Ibrahimovic with a neat pass. The Swede can't fend off Abdennour, as the ball goes behind to Van der Wiel.
Opens up for PSG! Started off from Lucas Moura, in behind Uros Spajic, as Verratti races through to try and beat Yago and find Ibrahimovic. Free-kick awarded the other way.
Moura with the free-kick............and it's flashed wide of the post, after evading a couple of players. Seconds later, PSG see a penalty appeal waved away as Chantome runs through down the middle.
Yellow Card Serge Aurier
Free-kick PSG, and a yellow card for Serge Aurier, who catches Maxwell with a late challenge. What can the champions muster here?
Great movement from Verratti, up against a number of opposition players to find Rabiot, who then releases Lucas Moura. First time cross, down low from the Brazilian, and it's roundly dealt with.
A rare venture forward from Toulouse, as Chantome and Didot combine to release Issiaga Sylla on the left. First time cross is headed away by Marquinhos, though Chantome cannot keep the ball in play.
Past the midway point of the first half, and it remains PSG 0-0 Toulouse in Saturday afternoon's Ligue 1 fixture. Les Parisiens are yet to get going, marshalled well by the visitors.
Spajic races forward to dispossess Rabiot, and releases Aurier who makes some progress on the right hand side. Easily thwarted by Maxwell, as PSG pass their way out of trouble.
Rabiot with a superb pass towards Ibrahimovic, who gets well behind Yago, but drifts his shot considerably wide of goal. He did get a fistful of Yago's shirt there.
Steeve Yago loses the ball once again just outside the box, allowing Ibrahimovic to take advantage. The Swede drifts wide slightly, as his cross into the box is held by Ahamada.
A rather flat atmosphere in the Parc des Princes this afternoon. Neither side has had a decent attempt to test the goalkeepers. Much of the play is situated through the middle.
Rabiot walks off gingerly, as a concerned Nasser al-Khelaifi watches on in the stands. On the pitch, Aurier comes up against Ibrahimovic, and wins, getting to the loose ball ahead of the Swede.
Adrien Rabiot hurt after coming up against Aymen Abdennour, with the 18-year-old midfielder in a bit of pain. Requires some medical attention, though he should be fine.
Smart tackle from Marco Verratti who denies Didot from getting away with a well-executed slide tackle, which ricochets off the midfielder and out for a throw-in. Not so much attacking endeavour from both sides so far in this game.
Zoumana Camara with a defensive slip-up, allowing Braithwaite to evade the veteran defender. Towards Marquinhos, who deflects a strike off the Danish forward and out for a goal-kick.
Didot attempts to nutmeg his way past Van der Wiel, who holds strong on the right to deny the Toulouse midfielder. Good defending from the Dutchman, who has replaced Christophe Jallet as first-choice right back.
Neat pass from Marco Verratti who delivers a threaded pass forward, with Steeve Yago producing a very good clearance to stop the ball from finding a navy blue shirt. Corner subsequently wasted.
Marquinhos with the ball away hurriedly, as Oscar Trejo's loose pass causes a bit of havoc on the far side. Maxwell instead, clears as PSG begin from the back.
Toulouse coach Alain Casanova is already with a clipboard, scribbling away, but it's been an open ten minutes so far in the French capital. Toulouse appearing comfortable in possession.
Offside call against Martin Braithwaite, as Toulouse race down the right wing in numbers. A neat through ball from Sylla towards Braithwaite is kept in check by the linesman's flag.
RABIOT! Poor movement from Toulouse, asYago concedes possession so easily. Fantatstic pass into Rabiot from Verratti, but the midfielder's cross is a touch too fast for Moura to connect with.
Lucas Moura wins the ball off the right, allowing Thiago Motta to release Marquinhos into an advanced run forward down the left. Maxwell's cross in goes behind, with Van der Wiel able to deliver it in the box. Ahamada claims.
Etienne Didot with a rough challenge in the midfield, but PSG get the ball forward, with Clement Chantome conceding a corner. Edgy start in the capital.
Chantome dispossessed by Thiago Motta, as PSG regain possession in the middle of the park. They've only lost two home games against Toulouse, conceding eight in their meetings at the Parc des Princes.
Good burst down the right from Gregory van der Wiel who crosses deep, and headed away by Uros Spajic. Maxwell delivers another ball in, but Toulouse head away.
KICK-OFF: Toulouse get us going, attacking from right to left. They're in their white away jersey.
Members of the France national basketball team that won the European Championship in Lithuania last week are invited to take the kick-off as Zlatan Ibrahimovic embraces basketball star Tony Parker.
Today's referee is Said Ennijmi - who was criticised for a poor performance in Marseille's 2-1 win over Saint-Etienne on Tuesday.
TEAM NEWS: Edinson Cavani starts on the bench, as Adrien Rabiot, Zoumana Camara, Jeremy Menez and Lucas Moura are handed starts. For Toulouse, it's as expected, with on loan PSG midfielder Clement Chantome starting.
Toulouse : Ahamada- Sylla, Spajic, Aurier, Yago - Abdennour, Chantôme, Didot, Trejo - Aguilar, Braithwaite.SUBS : Blondel, Zebina, Ninkov, Sirieix, Regattin,Ben Basat, Ben Yedder.
Paris Saint-Germain : Sirigu - Van der Wiel, Camara, Marquinhos, Maxwell - Verratti, Thiago Motta, Rabiot - Lucas, Ibrahimovic, Ménez.SUBS : Douchez, Digne, Jallet, Matuidi, Ongenda, Cavani, Lavezzi.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS;
There has been a game earlier this afternoon in Ligue 1 - Olympique de Marseille geared up for a trip to Borussia Dortmund with a simple 2-0 win at FC Lorient. Birthday boy Mathieu Valbuena scored a free-kick, with Andre Ayew wrapping up victory.
Toulouse meanwhile recovered from a poor start to the season to win their last two games - as well as holding Marseille in a third - to shoot up the table. They've lost their last six against PSG though, five of them by two goal or greater margins.
Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 1-0 victory away at Valenciennes in midweek, courtesy of an Edinson Cavani goal. Les Parisiens were at times overpowered by Daniel Sanchez's men.
Good afternoon and welcome to today's live Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse FC at the Parc des Princes. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be taking you through proceedings in the capital.
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