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January 27, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: F. Fautrel
• Attendance: 42029
A. Chedjou 68' (own goal)
That's that then. PSG win to go back to the top of the Ligue 1 table. A veryy scrappy encounter in the second half, but Ancelotti's side won't mind. Lille fought bravely, but in the end, lady luck would smile on PSG. That's it from me this evening.
90' + 4'
FT: PSG 1-0 Lille
90' + 3'
Edging towards full-time, and Lille have almost given up. One last chance, and it will be from a long punt down the middle by Chedjou.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Lucas Digne
90' + 1'
Brilliant combination of play from Verratti and Pastore, with the latter's shot being spilled by Elana, as Ibrahimovic strikes the ball into the net. Immediately, the Swede puts his hands up to say that he is offside, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by the referee.
FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME SIGNALLED.
Yellow Card Ezequiel Lavezzi
Digne does look to be in a bit of pain for Lille this evening, as he limps off amid boos from the PSG faithful. Rudi Garcia watches on tentatively on the touchline.
Yellow Card Marco Verratti
RODELIN! Just wide. Not a good finish from the winger, who has been surprisingly decent this evening. Digne's going down near the corner flag, and he appears to be hurt.
Verratti still causing a bit of trouble as the referee's red card falls out of his pocket, and it's upto Jallet to hand it back to him. Confirmation that Lavezzi is indeed booked.
Ezequiel Lavezzi avoids being booked for dissent, but Marco Verratti doesn't. The young Italian has had a slight disciplinary problem this term.
Rudi Garcia's side have performed better than many expected this evening. They've suffered a run of bad luck - from Rodelin's disallowed goal, to the unfortunate Chedjou own goal, and now to hitting the post. Just not their night.
TULIO DE MELO! It's come back off the post! Lille just can't score, and somehow - Sirigu's record is still intact! Not their night, it just isn't. Simple deft pass from Payet into de Melo, whose first time shot cannons off the post.
Substitution for Lille Florent Balmont will go off for Gianni Bruno, as the young Belgian striker aims to make an impact in the last 10 minutes.
Lille struggling to repeat the attacking ventures they undertook towards the first of the second half. If they go down 1-0, they will feel very hard done by after that Rodelin disallowed goal.
Final change for PSG as Clement Chantome comes on for the bright Lucas Moura, who sits out the final quarter of an hour or so.
And it's PSG who attack at the other end as Lavezzi combines with Jallet on the far side. Fed in towards Matuidi, Pastore joins the attack before they retreat to the safety of Sirigu.
PAYET! That's unfortunate. It should be 1-1. Fantastic run down the right by Ronny Rodelin who squares brilliantly. Payet hooks a shot over goalwards, and Sirigu is forced to parry that away rather awkwardly.740 minutes and counting.
And PSG are searching for a second as Lucas dances around the Dogues defence. Rudi Garcia's side need to step it up as we enter the final 20 or so minutes.
Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross was fumbled by Steeve Elana, who let slip before the ball ricocheted off Chedjou's chest and into the net. How UNLUCKY can you get? Ridiculous.
Own Goal Aurélien Chedjou Fongang
GOAL! PSG TAKE THE LEAD! Oh, in fortuitious circumstances as well. That is a HORRENDOUS goal to concede. It'll go down as an own goal by captain Aurelien Chedjou.
Yellow Card Benoit Pedretti
Substitution: Jeremy Menez is off for Javier Pastore,whilst Nolan Roux is sacrificed for Tulio de Melo
Ouch! Benoit Pedretti absolutely clatters into Lucas Moura on the halfway line. The midfielder has absolutely hacked away Moura's legs there. Obvious booking. Lille ready a substitution too.
BALMONT! He's shot this time, but it's gone narrowly over the bar. Great movement from Lille who advance in numbers. It falls to the midfielder, but in truth - it's always rising.
BALMONT! A huge opportunity gone begging for Lille as Balmont's pass towards Payet on the far side is cleared by Armand at the last opportunity. The midfielder should've ideally gone himself, with a good angle against Sirigu.
LAVEZZI! Brilliant block, and great stop after Menez fed through the Argentine. A really deft pass, but Basa is at the ready to deny the former Napoli star.
Coming upto the hour mark here in the capital, and it remains PSG 0-0 Lille in Ligue 1. Failure to win here for PSG will see Lyon regain the title advantage, with Marseille level on points with PSG currently.
Substitution for Lille: Benoit Pedretti comes on for the more advanced Marvin Martin. Pedretti is booed - probably because of his links as an ex-Marseille player!
Substitution: Marco Verratti has replaced Thiago Motta.
Thiago Motta down on the pitch at the moment, and it appears that he's done his thigh/hamstring muscle. He's in pain once more, and will likely come off. A massive disappointment. Worth noting he suffered a serious injury in the Euro 2012 final.
PSG starting to slip into their rhythm at the other end as they seek the game's opening goal. Ancelotti's men haven't been able to break down a compact Dogues defence as of yet.
Corner headed away by Ibrahimovic of all people as Menez breaks, before his progress is kept in check by Chedjou.
DIGNE! Great chance for Lille. Payet picks out Digne on the left hand side, who is played on by Sylvain Armand. He attempts to find a team-mate, but Jallet charges it down. Huge let off.
Payet struggles to get a shot away, as Sakho and Armand struggle to hold their composure. Payet eventually directs himself out of the compact area, before he strikes well over the bar, under pressure from Motta.
Menez already threatening early in this period as he attempts to chase through Maxwell's through ball. Akin to the first minutes of the first half.
Lavezzi wins a corner early into the second half as Sidibe fails to keep the ball in play. Everyone forward for PSG, but Ibrahimovic's header flashes wide.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! PSG attacking from right to left.
A really decent and open half in Paris. The main talking point was the disallowed goal from Lille's Ronny Rodelin. There was no such offside call, and the referees will (rightly) be questioned after the game for that. At the other end, Ibrahimovic came close to opening the scoring by hitting the woodwork. It's all going on here. Join me in 15 minutes for the second half.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: PSG 0-0 LOSC Lille Metropole.
Lavezzi skips past his marker to start a final move before half-time. Delivered into the box, Lucas heads on, searching for a team-mate, but it's Lille who emerge on a late counter-attack. Chedjou feeds Balmont, but that should be that at the break.
ONE MINUTE ADDED ON AT THE END OF THE FIRST HALF.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Good save by Elana, who holds the Swede's tame shot well on the line. It's been a decent game so far, with chances at both ends.
Matuidi brought down under a challenge, and PSG restart play from the free-kick. They've been upstaged, the capital club, in recent minutes as Lille continue to assert their authority. Just one goal can change it all, however.
Yellow Card Marvin Martin
Marvin Martin becomes the second player in the book. Still 0-0 in Paris, coming up to the end of the first half.
Lille holding themselves up well against PSG, despite that controversial moment. The Dogues are doing well, a performance which belies their current poor league standing.
IBRAHIMOVIC! It's cannoned off the post. All kicking off here, as the game erupts into life. The big Swede races forward, and his low shot goes under the reach of Elana and off the post.
Well, the assistant referee has chalked it off due to an offside call. Except Roux wasn't offside. Rodelin's header crept into the net. Roux was offside, but he wasn't active at all. They're hard done by there.
GOAL! LILLE SCORE!- NO IT'S RULED OUT! Fury from the touchline as Ronny Rodelin's header into the net is chalked off by the assistant referee. It didn't look offside at all. The players are furious.
ROUX! Close from Lille. It's drifted back into the danger zone by Digne, whose inswinging cross is almost turned in, before Sakho edges it away for a corner.
Free-kick awarded to the visitors after another infringement. It's in a great position out wide, about 25 metres out. Marvin Martin over it, but it's gone over everyone's head.
PAYET! Fantastic strike from the winger, and it's well beaten by the Italian goalkeeper. The Dogues are beginning to find their feet in the capital.
It's all been Lille in the last few minutes, as Payet, Rodelin and Martin combine just behind Nolan Roux. Can Rudi Garcia's side make the most of it?
PAYET! Decent chance for Lille, who are beginning to make waves at the other end. Lovely pass into the former Sainte man by Sidibe, but he powers his effort too much. It's gone flying over the bar.
Ibrahimovic appears to elbow Marko Basa, with the Lille man theatrically going down. The Swede protests his innocence to referee Fredy Fautrel, who rules that there was nothing doing.
MARTIN! Good chance for Lille, not quite as gilt-edged as it appeared on first viewing. Pass from the wing fell in the path of the former Sochaux man, whose finish strikes just wide of Sirigu's left post.
Rare Lille attack as they surge up the other end. Ronny Rodelin powers through the middle - but he cannot force an opening.
Ibrahimovic controls the ball finely, before being tackled away by young Digne - the left-back. The Swede is dealt with once more, with the loose ball driven away by Gueye.
Great movement by PSG as Lucas, under the challenge of a midfielder fouled, before he sets up Jallet. Referee allows the advantage, and the Brazilian picks out the right-back, whose low cross is deflected away.
Lille can't clear the ball away adequately as Jallet delivers in a threatening ball. Sakho appears offside, before being reprimanded for a foul on Basa. Free-kick Lille.
Free-kick to PSG in a good area, close to the edge of the area. Menez over it, chipped in before it's headed away by Chedjou. Ibrahimovic's flick leads to Marko Basa clearing the ball to safety.
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
Motta is booked for diving by referee Fredy Fautrel. I would be more concerned of the look Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave him following that break up of a really promising move.
Thiago Motta goes down in the penalty box, and the howl of the PSG fans looks like the ref's given a penalty. Gueye didn't touch him at all, with Motta trying to control Ibrahimovic's back pass.
Great defending by PSG, and Jallet in particular who stumps Payet on the near side before instigating a counter-attack. 60% possession for Ancelotti's side.
As Sirigu breaks the record, Lille attack - almost hell-bent on shattering it. Payet with the corner, he's played it short and it cannons off the defender. Massive waste.
And now, Sirigu has gone 700 minutes without conceding a goal in Ligue 1 - still a long way to go to beat the Ligue 1 record (1200 minutes). But nevertheless, a massive achievement.
Well, HISTORY is made. In the 12th minute, Salvatore Sirigu has gone 698 minutes without conceding a goal in Ligue 1 - and he's broken the PSG record held by Bernard Lama.
Free-kick headed away by Idrissa Gueye, before Christophe Jallet delivers an inswinging cross back into the danger zone. Not too dangerous for Elana to capture though.
Lille just can't anywhere near it, as Matuidi picks out Maxwell on the far side. Menez draws in a foul from Sidibe. Free-kick in a fine position for PSG.
Patient build-up play from PSG as Jallet feeds the ball towards Moura, who calmly knocks it around the pitch as Lille chase the game. Very comfortable on the ball, the hosts.
CLOSE! A wicked shot almost catches out Steeve Elana in the Lille goal, as he watches a shot narrowly fly past him. Lucas Moura already looking neat on the ball as Ibrahimovic waits for his opportunity.
Corner headed away by Chedjou as PSG ping the ball about in the Lille half. Six minutes in, but Ancelotti's side already look pretty comfortable.
Lucas Moura attempts to cut in on his left to find Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he fails slightly, before Matuidi's loose ball is deflected out for a corner. to the hosts.
The camera cuts to Javier Pastore on the bench, who is sacrificed tonight in favour of the wingplay of Lucas Moura and Jeremy Menez. What can the latter produce tonight?
Lofted ball from the right wing, in towards Nolan Roux up front is slightly overhit, with the PSG defence holding strong at the moment.
Beautiful pass from Jallet, into Thiago Motta as Jeremy Menez races through before being called offside. Bright start from the hosts.
Victory for Lille would put them back into the top ten and above Montpellier into ninth. Defeat would see them remain in 11th place.
UNDERWAY! In the final Ligue 1 match of the weekend. Lille in their change strip of all white attacking from right to left.
Well, a brilliant statistic unearthed from the Ligue 1 website - in May 2011, Lille drew away at PSG to claim a first Ligue 1 title since 1954. Of the players that featured that day, only Aurelien Chedjou remains - and it was only less than two years ago.
Chants of "Allez le PSG" going up as the sides come out in a chilly Paris. Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks focused, as does the returning Thiago Motta.
Ten minutes till kick off in the French capital. Why not send us your predictions via Twitter to @mohammedali_93?
A few statistics: Salvatore Sirigu has not conceded a league goal for PSG since the 2-1 defeat to Nice on 1 December - a total of 686 minutes. Rudi Garcia's side have just one win in their last ten league games on the road. They have two away wins in Ligue 1 all season.
LILLE: Elana - Sidibé, Basa, Chedjou, Digne - Martin, Gueye, Balmont, Payet - Roux, Rodelin.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu - Jallet, Armand, Sakho, Maxwell - Lucas Moura, Motta, Matuidi, Lavezzi - Ibrahimovic, Ménez.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Lille meanwhile will be searching for a first league victory in Paris since 1996. A win here would revitalise their stuttering league campaign, and position themselves back in contention for a European start.
The reverse game this season saw Lille concede to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal inside the first minute, before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat. Whilst PSG have struggled against the lesser sides, victory over Lille coming after their win v Bordeaux last weekend will see them position themselves as serious title hopefuls.
Paris Saint-Germain can return to the top of Ligue 1 with victory against 2011 champions Lille. Rudi Garcia's side are a shadow of the side that won the title two seasons ago, and sit in a mediocre position in the standings.
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 host LOSC Lille Metropole at the Parc des Princes. Confirmed team news shortly.
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