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2 March 2013
• Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims
Referee: P. Kalt
• Attendance: 20098
G. Krychowiak 64'
90' + 8'
What a result - a Champagne moment for the Champagne club as their fans go into delirium with that famous victory. Thanks for joining us here on Goal.com, stick around for the match report and player ratings. See you again soon!
90' + 8'
FULL TIME - STADE DE REIMS 1-0 PSG
90' + 6'
This is dragging on, referee looking at his watch, as Ancelotti remonstrates with the fourth official. There is unbelievable tension here.
90' + 4'
Ghilsolfi down with considerable pain, and the stretcher will be called on and we are going to go above the five minutes. Reims really do need to keep their focus.
90' + 3'
Long ball towards Ibrahimovic but Reims goalkeeper Agassa races off his line to claim the ball right on the edge of the area. Play is halted temporarily for what looks to be an injury.
90' + 3'
Corner to Reims late on after the ball is blocked following a speculative strike from Krychowiak. One man in the box for the corner, as Reims seek to just hold on.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardMamadou Sakho
90' + 2'
Reims are doing unbelievably brilliantly, each pass bringing an "Ole" from their raucous fans. Ca does well on the counter to nutmeg Sakho, who is booked for taking him down!
90' + 1'
Ibrahimovic drops deep to help out, but Diego replicates the move by rushing back to dispossess PSG and ensure his side keep possession.
INTO FIVE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME!
This will be celebrated long and hard by the Reims faithful - a team full of world superstars going down 1-0 to a side with one win - against the league's bottom side Nancy - since October, isn't to be frowned at.
Yellow CardGregory van der Wiel
Beckham again involved in the build-up, as another flowing move breaks down for the visitors. Can Reims hold on to seal one of the biggest results in their history?
PSG still throwing everything at Reims, as they seek a late draw. Beckham trying to find Menez, but it's well dealt with by Ca, who launches a counter-attack.
Ibrahimovic attempts to pick out Beckham on the left, but Ghilsolfi with the hurried clearance concedes the corner. Substitution at the ready for Reims.
FORTES! My word, what a run, and it should've been game set and match there for the hosts. Fantastic mazy run from the Cape Verdean who leaves Sakho for dead, but with Courtet on the right, he opts for goal and brings out a save from Sirigu.
11 minutes left in this encounter, as Reims hold their own, in what would be perhaps the biggest victory in Ligue 1 this season in terms of shock value. Brilliant resolve from the side.
Lucas Moura departs for Kevin Gameiro - what can PSG conjure up in the final phase of the match?
Johann Ramare goes off after a superb game in midfield, to be replaced by Boucandji Ca. Meanwhile, Lucas Moura is booked for a strong challenge.
Beckham with an accurate ball across field to find Van der Wiel on the far side, but Reims showing full confidence to deal well with the situation. This isn't the first time Becks has faced Reims - he did so in 2006 with Real Madrid at the opening of the new Alfredo di Stefano complex - Reims were invited as guests having faced Madrid in the '56 European Cup final.
LAVEZZI! Missed again! Cross is spilled by Agassa, who is forced to jump wildly at the ball to defend his goal, but Lavezzi's shot fails to trouble the goalkeeper.
Ibrahimovic races onto a through ball, which is caught by Agassa sliding off his line, but Ibrahimovic leaves his foot into the goalkeeper, who isn't happy with the act. Nothing doing however.
LAVEZZI! Cross in from Menez, into the Argentine, and he's fired narrowly wide. That wasn't far at all. PSG showing a bit of urgency now as they seek to recover. Agassa is being made to work here!
Remember, Reims - currently 17th in Ligue 1 have only one win in all competitions - 19 games - since October. They have little over 20 minutes to hold onto what would be a famous win.
Well, this result would bring further shockwaves in the Ligue 1 title race. Lyon are just three points behind remember, whilst Marseille - eight behind PSG currently - would also fancy their chances.
Jeremy Menez comes on for the poor Javier Pastore in midfield as Reims seek to double their advantage. Courtet with a header, but again it's headed over the bar.
LUCAS! What a chance, and he's fired over the bar. Lovely pass from Pastore as he turns in on his left, then his right to bamboozle the defender but his shot goes over the bar. Not a great night from him.
And yes, David Beckham is thrown on for the last 25 minutes to go, in place of Marco Verratti as Ancelotti seeks to change his ailing side. Can Beckham steer PSG level?
GOAL! REIMS TAKE THE LEAD! Fantastic stuff here in the CHampagne region. The corner drifts in is headed on by Fofana, as Krychowiak steals in at the far post to glance a header in! What a shock!
VAN DER WIEL! Lovely pass from Lavezzi to pick out the oncoming Van der Wiel in the penalty box. He lifts the ball over Agassa, but not over the line.
RED CARD! Christopher Glombard caps off a poor afternoon with his second yellow card for another crushing challenge on Matuidi. A very reckless thing to do, with his side holding on at the moment. Reims down to ten.
Pastore with a poor ball towards Van der Wiel, as the Dutchman fails to keep the ball in play. Either Menez or Beckham will be the obvious choice to fill in on that right side should the Argentine be sacrificed.
'Le Spice Boy' better known to you and I as David Beckham, begins warming up as Ancelotti begins to think about other options to revive his waning side.
Reims holding on for now, as they continue to frustrate the Ligue 1 leaders all over the pitch. The likes of Pastore and Lavezzi have not sparkled this afternoon.
Pastore caught n possession as Devaux and Courtet embark on a counter attack. Played into Fortes, who rolls the ball off for Glombard on the counter attack, the right-back's cross is a poor one as Sakho clears.
Well, the visitors are growing in performace after that setback, as Pastore and Lucas combine to attempt to instigate a Parisien opening. Not on this occasion, however, as Reims hold strong.
Ancelotti fumes on the touchline as he asks for clarification from referee Philippe Kalt. Television pictures show he has a point, Ibrahimovic was onside. Nevertheless, it serves as a warning for the hosts.
GOA-NO! Ibrahimovic's goal is ruled out! Well, well, well. Controversy reigns, as Ibrahimovic races onto a through ball and fires a neat finish between the two defenders. He celebrates, but the goal is ruled out.
A bit of defending for Reims to contend with for the opening minutes in this second half, but they do their duties well as the ball is hurriedly cleared.
Free-kick to PSG nonetheless, who are down to ten men for now as Matuidi runs it off. Lucas delivers it in from the left, but Glombard heads it away for a corner.
Yellow card for Christopher Glombard who clatters into Matuidi just 17 seconds into the restart. You can clearly hear Matuidi's howls - it looked a good tackle from the first viewing.
Yellow CardChristopher Glombard
Second half begins, as PSG kick-off under a barrage of boos attacking from left to right. Can they improve on a poor first half?
We're back here, as Carlo Ancelotti gives out instructions to Ezequiel Lavezzi just in front of the PSG dressing room. You don't see these pictures in any other league in the world!
Well, half-time in France but it is the Ligue 1 leaders who are distinctly second best. They may have spurned the best chance of the half in Lavezzi's one v one miss, and Ibrahimovic's free-kick, but the hosts have held their own superbly with a few good chances of their own. The finishing in the first half has been off, but PSG have much to do if they are to leave here with three points. Join us again for the second half in 15 mins.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Stade de Reims 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain.
One minute added on to the end of the first half at the Stade Auguste Delaune II
COURTET! Missed header, and again the chance goes begging. Superb cross from Fortes, as the striker rises highest to meet the ball, but it flies just inches wide of the post.
Odair Fortes shows great composure to hold off three PSG defenders and thread the ball inside to Glombard, who fails to instigate an opening as Pastore races with the ball away. Ibrahimovic dispossessed as Agassa takes the ball.
Further problems at the back for PSG as Diego wins back possession before losing it just seconds later as Alex hoofs the danger away. Krychowiak concedes a free-kick for a foul on Matuidi.
COURTET! Another wasted chance from the hosts, as Signorino's cross perfectly finds the striker, who does well to get in front of the defence, but fails to control aptly enough to test Sirigu.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Superb chance from the Swede, from a free-kick. 31 metres out, he curls it around the wall, as it viciously hurtles towards Agassa, who is forced to get down low enough and parry it away.
What a manic two or three minutes at the Delaune. You would've put your house on Lavezzi to score there, with a uncharacteristically wayward shot from a great position.
LAVEZZI! WHAT A MISS! WHAT A MISS! Reims were severely punished after that, but they;ve been let off! From the corner, the ball is played to Lavezzi who races for 25 yards, just one against one with the goalkeeper, and fires horribly wide.
WEBER! Unbelievable, it's hurriedly cleared away. Superb delivery from the left, and the header away is not dealt with by the Ligue 1 leaders, before Sirigu goes to ground. Weber attempts to tap it in, surely looking as if it'd go in but it's blocked by Matuidi!
Ancelotti watches on with disgust as his side crumble in defence. Signorino's presence on the left causes havoc, but the cross in is blocked.
DIEGO! What a chance, and it really should've been 1-0 to the hosts there. From the throw-in, the Brazilian turns in on his left and strikes at the near post, but it's gone considerably wide. There were other options too!
Ramare is handed the game's first booking for his efforts. Meanwhile, Reims are on the break here...
Yellow CardJohan Ramare
Ouch! Armand is in considerable pain after being on the receiving end of a crunching challenge from Ramare. PSG currently down to ten men as the captain receives medical attention.
Corner to PSG, delivered in by Lucas, but immediately the whistle goes after Ibrahimovic with a high leg on Christopher Glombard is penalised. He attempts to protest his innocence, but that was the right decision.
Ibrahimovic holds off his marker to deliver in a low cross, but Fofana - who is playing in place of the injured Tacalfred - clears accordingly. Seconds later, PSG are awarded a free-kick following a foul.
Sakho in a spot of bother as he misjudges the flight of the ball, as Courtet attempts to pressurise the ex-captain. Verratti helps him out, with a rushed clearance, but it's clear to see what a disjointed start this has been from les Parisiens.
Ancelotti with a furious message to Lavezzi, delivered in what I believe is Italian after the ex-Napoli star was easily dispossessed by Weber. Midway through the first half it's Reims 0-0 PSG.
Ambitious attempt by Ramare, who produces a sizzling effort from distance, with the ball moving wickedly in the air, lands just over the bar. Fournier's side moving in the ascendancy.
Lavezzi with the half-chance there, set up by Matuidi as PSG struggle to stem the considerable pressure the relegation sturgglers are throwing at them. He's had a quiet start, though.
The numbers don't lie, the hosts are in dominating force at the moment. With almost double the passes made by PSG, as well as commanding 60% of possession, Hubert Fournier's men have started decently.
DEVAUX! Superb attempt, and a great save from Sirigu. Reims' dominance tells as Courtet rolls the ball towards the midfielder, whose curling shot forces Sirigu to parry away to his left.
David Beckham watches on, seated next to Kevin Gameiro - with a grimace at that Lucas attempt. Still, PSG are distinctly on the back foot as the hosts impress.
Poor from Lucas, who attempts to emulate Ibrahimovic with a chance of his own. Wayward attempt, came at him too quickly, as it balloons over the bar.
IBRAHIMOVIC! First real chance of the game, and it's a great save by Agassa. The Togolese goalkeeper does well to monitor the shot and save down low, after the big Swede turns his defender out to fire just inside the box.
And again, Signorino providing the width on the left as he drills in another cross. Courtet is unable initially to get a shot away, but another sloppy pass from Armand allows Reims to get another chance - which is again wasted.
Lavezzi goes tumbling under a challenge from Glombard, but the referee waves play on. Reims advance, and Odair Fortes latches onto a long ball from Signorino, but unable to test Sirigu.
Hubert Fournier's men are camped deep in the opposition half, as Devaux aims to thread a pass towards Courtet, amidst four PSG players. After two failed attempts, the ball is cleared.
Free-kick whipped in from the left is helped on by Courtet, before being hurriedly cleared by Matuidi. It's not been a bad opening for the hosts so far at all.
Ouch! Verratti lungees in on Diego, and the Brazilian goes tumbling. The young Italian has only just returned from a suspension, and will miss the Champions League tie v Valencia due to another ban. Needs to be careful.
And yet again, it's the hosts who aren't afraid to assert their authority up front. Ramare the architect once more, instigating an opening before it goes out for a corner. Krychowiak doesn't get a clean cut on the ball, and the move breaks down.
Nice tempo to this one as PSG again seek to embark on one of their signature fast breaks, as Ibrahimovic - the intended target in this move - fails to recover the ball, well cut out by Fofana.
Ramare feeds a pass towards Signorino on the left, but after a poor cross in, Courtet is reprimanded for a push on Verratti. Referee Kalt immediately awards the visitors a free-kick.
LUCAS! Immediately a threatening attempt from the visitors. Lavezzi finds space to spring a pass towards the Brazilian coming in on his left. Nevertheless, his shot is poor as it pings wide of Agassa's goal.
KICK OFF! Stade de Reims get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The sides are out to a full-house at the home of Reims, who famously contested the first European Cup final in 1956. Today's referee is Philippe Kait.
TEAM NEWS Reims coach Hubert Fournier has called up Christopher Glombard and Mohamed Fofana to replace the suspended Aissa Mandi and injured Mickael Tacalfred. Boucandji Ca is named on the bench as Johann Ramare is handed a starting spot instead. For PSG, Marco Verratti returns to replace Beckham, as otherwise there are no real surprises in the capital side's line-up. Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the line, though he will be suspended in the Champions League on Tuesday.
STADE DE REIMS: Agassa; Glombard, Weber, Fofana, Signorino; Ramaré, Krychowiak; Devaux, Fortès, Courtet; Diego
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Alex, Sakho, Armand; Matuidi, Verratti; Pastore, Lucas, Lavezzi; Ibrahimovic.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Meanwhile, Hubert Fournier's side are no strangers to pressure, as the club seeks to cement their Ligue 1 status. Following a blistering start to the season, reaching fourth in October, they have dropped alarmingly, with just one win in their last five, whilst also languishing just a point clear of the drop zone in 17th. A win today will go some way in allaying fears of a return to Ligue 2
I can tell you now, Beckham is not in the starting line-up, with the 37 year old enjoying 102 minutes of competitive football over the last week. He featured for 86 minutes in the Coupe on Wednesday, which was preceded by his starring cameo in the league victory over Elie Baup's side on Sunday. The returning Marco Verratti holds in midfield.
Nevertheless, the Beckham phenomenon continues to grow at the Stade Delaune, in the Champagne region of France. A new stadium record of 117 accredited journalists are here, that's 45 more than the previous record set against Marseille in the club's first Ligue 1 fixture back in August - no doubt, here to see former England captain.
Furthermore, with the Champions League return against Valencia scheduled for Wednesday, it is conceivable that the Italian technician will seek to rest his side, who - should they qualify at the expense of Los Che in midweek - will have made significant progress in their quest to land a historic treble.
It's been a fabulous week, even by Paris Saint-Germain standards. The past five days have seen PSG gain the upper hand over title challengers Marseille, effectively ending their season with successive 2-0 victories in the league on Sunday, and then again on Wednesday in the Coupe de France. Carlo Ancelotti's side can put further daylight between his side and nearest rivals Olympique Lyonnais with a win today.
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 sees leaders Paris Saint-Germain travel to Stade Auguste Delaune to face a Stade de Reims side in need of victory. Confirmed team news shortly.
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