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December 21, 2012 10:45 PM EAT
Stade Francis-Le Blé — Brest
Referee:‬ S. Moreira‎
Attendance:‬ 14601‎
 
 
 
 
Bernard Mendy 90+2′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stade Brestois 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain

Carlo Ancelotti's men recorded a comfortable victory at Stade Francis-Le Ble, and Goal.com was on hand to judge each individual's performance

By Robin Bairner

  • Alexis Thebaux
    6
    0
    2.50

    Alexis Thebaux

    Boasts a reputation as an excellent shot stopper, and that was only enhanced on Friday night as he made some very smart saves. His personal highlight was a double block from a Thiago Silva header and then a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike, though he made a string of terrific blocks.

  • Johan Martial
    0
    0
    2.50

    Johan Martial

    The young defender equipped himself admirably in the middle of the five-man rearguard as he worked extremely hard and covered his fellow centre-backs well when required.

  • Bernard Mendy
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bernard Mendy

    Slotted in on the left of the packed Brest rearguard and was restricted to a holding brief in the main. PSG sought to overflow his flank, meaning that he was often faced with two-against-one situations that he struggled to quell. Did have one fierce shot from range as he cut inside onto his stronger foot.

  • Ismael Traore
    1
    0
    2.00

    Ismael Traore

    Occasionally a little sloppy with the ball, he was fairly solid in his primary role as a defender. He won a number of headers, though at times he struggled to cope with the movement of the visiting forward players and relied on his colleagues for cover. Taken off with an hour gone.

  • Paul Baysse
    0
    0
    2.50

    Paul Baysse

    Featured on the right side of a back five for the home side and generally coped admirably with the threat down his channel. Failed to make any impact going forward, though.

  • Ahmed Kantari
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ahmed Kantari

    A rugged display from the captain, who was primarily tasked with marking Ibrahimovic. Was determined in his individual duel against the Swede, and though he was caught out at times, his team-mates backed him well.

  • Bruno Grougi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bruno Grougi

    Has struggled to regain the form that made him such a force last season, and after a promising start to this match, he offered little more than a defensive presence once Sissoko was dismissed.

  • Kamel Chafni
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kamel Chafni

    Struggled to have the important attacking influence on the Breton side that he has enjoyed in recent weeks as Brest were sitting so deep. Did try to pose problems with his long-range shooting, but this was largely in vain.

  • Abdoulwahid Sissoko
    1
    2
    1.50

    Abdoulwahid Sissoko Flop of the Match

    Was not given the chance to face brother Momo, and found life rather difficult in the heart of the field, where some of his passing was dangerously astray. The holding player was rather overwhelmed, and his match ended early when he executed a horrible two-footed tackle on Lavezzi with only 35 minutes gone.

  • Eden Ben Basat
    0
    0
    2.00

    Eden Ben Basat

    The Israel forward has been in fine form this season, and though he was isolated in this encounter for long periods, he held the ball up well and was as purposeful as possible when he attacked. Sissoko’s red card all but ended his effectiveness, though.

  • Charlison Benschop
    1
    0
    2.00

    Charlison Benschop

    Has started to elbow his way back into the Brest starting XI in recent weeks, and though he was a force in the air, he tended to drift too far from Ben Basat to form a genuinely effective pairing.

Substitutions

  • Mario Licka
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mario Licka

    Came on for Traore with nearly an hour gone and added some threat to the hosts.

  • Jonathan Ayite
    0
    1
    2.00

    Jonathan Ayite

    Nearly scored one of the most bizarre goals of the season late on when he caught Thiago Motta dallying, but his effort went wide. Then had a header cleared from the line in his brief cameo.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    7
    1
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    The Italy No.1 had almost nothing to do in this encounter save a handful of kicked clearances and shepherd a number of long-ranges shots round his post. Repelled a Grougi free kick superbly.

  • Thiago Silva
    26
    2
    4.00

    Thiago Silva Top of the Match

    The Brazilian’s world-class ability never came to the fore in this encounter simply because there was never a need for it to. Indeed, his most noticeable work came in the opposing box, where he was a threat from set pieces. Great goal line clearance in the 89th minute to deny Brest a consolation.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    11
    1
    3.00

    Mamadou Sakho

    Started once again because of the continued absence of Alex due to injury, but was rarely stretched by the home side, who offered no attacking threat after going down to 10 in the first half. Saved a dangerous Grougi free kick when the game was effectively won.

  • Maxwell
    6
    3
    3.00

    Maxwell

    Carlo Ancelotti knows exactly what to expect from solid-but-unspectacular left-back Maxwell, and this was a performance typical of the former Barcelona man, who never once provided fireworks but who did not make a single error.

  • Christophe Jallet
    6
    2
    3.00

    Christophe Jallet

    A dynamic performance down the right side of the PSG side, the full-back was eager to push forward, although he occasionally left space for the visitors to exploit on the break. When he was present in the back four, though, he was extremely solid, and he also provided a valuable offensive outlet. Created Ibrahimovic's opener and will try to claim the final strike, which will likely go down as an own-goal.

  • Jérémy Menez
    5
    5
    2.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Has often been a bubbly figure for PSG in attack this season, but he struggled to find the room to weave his magic against opponents who were tightly packed in a defensive sense. His array of flicks and tricks threatened to act as a catalyst to a goal, but it was not to materialise.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    13
    1
    3.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    The all-action midfielder has been one of the stand-out players in Ligue 1 this season, but his energy was barely needed as PSG dominated this encounter from the outset. Most noted for his destructive talents, the ex-Saint-Etienne man was little more than an effective relay in the centre of the pitch.

  • Javier Pastore
    7
    3
    2.50

    Javier Pastore

    Failed to build on recent performances, but was at least willing to get involved in the game. When it came to providing a final killer ball or dangerous shot on goal, the Argentine rather let himself down.

  • Thiago Motta
    7
    1
    3.50

    Thiago Motta

    A sober performance from the ex-Inter man, who was largely content to offer a solid base for his side to build on in the centre of the park. Disrupted play well, but on the one occasion he got forward, the Italy international shot high from an Ibrahimovic pass. Nearly gifted away a bizarre goal right at the death, though.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    9
    1
    3.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Characteristically busy, ‘El Pocho’ found it difficult at times to break through a sea of white shirts that packed the penalty box. Would certainly like to have been more productive.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    34
    3
    3.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Got himself on the scoresheet with a tidy finish, but will feel he could have had a feast of goals at Stade Francis-Le Ble. Goalkeeper Thebault denied the Swede with a string of fine saves, though ‘Ibra’ will likely feel he could have done better with a second-half one-on-one chance. His movement was phenomenal, though, and Brest could not contain him. Deserves special mention for a flying backheel effort that went just wide.

Substitutions

  • Zoumana Camara
    2
    0

    Zoumana Camara

    Played only a couple of minutes.

  • Clément Chantôme
    2
    0

    Clément Chantôme

    Arrived on the field late on.

  • Kevin Gameiro
    10
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Gameiro

    Came off the bench to score with his first touch. Ancelotti could not have asked for more.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
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
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1