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March 8, 2014
• Stade Armand Césari, Furiani
Referee: B. Bastien
• Attendance: 14992
Z. Ibrahimovic 6'
E. Lavezzi 19', 88'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: Bastia 0-3 PSG. The Ligue 1 champions go provisionally 11 points clear at the top, with AS Monaco taking on Sochaux at 20:00 local time.
90' + 1'
Bastia have now been defeated for the third home game in a row, their first such occurence since promotion back in 2012.
We're now into the first of three additional minutes at the end of the second half.
Goal Ezequiel Lavezzi
GOAL! Bastia 0-3 PSG - Lavezzi! His first double in Ligue 1. Ibrahimovic wins the aerial header with Modesto, as Lavezzi takes advantage of Squillaci's positioning. Rounds Leca, and into the net.
A pensive Frederic Hantz watches on as his side are comprehensively outplayed by the champions this afternoon. It's now one win in six for the Corsicans.
Thiago Motta makes good progress down the left, finding Maxwell. An attempted flick inside for Lavezzi, but Diakite sees it behind for a goal-kick.
Not good at all. Khazri plays it deep towards the edge of the area, helped on by Squillaci, before it is fired over the top by Ilan.
Ilan goes down under the challenge of Thiago Motta. The free-kick awarded by the referee is in a good position. Can Bastia take advantage? Khazri over this one.
Boudebouz attempts a ball over the top for Ilan to give chase,bu Alex is on hand to avert danger. Lavezzi meanwhile is fouled by Diakite.
SUBSTITUTION - Bastia: Final change for Bastia as one-time Brazil international Ilan replaces Julien Sable.
SUBSTITUTION - Bastia: Yannick Cahuzac taken off in place of Florian Raspentino.
Signs of PSG beginning to switch off, which has been an occurrence which has hurt them in the past. An extended phase of domination for the hosts, with Romaric driving them forward.
Bastia with a solid phase of play, with Romaric bringing the ball forward, combining with Boudebouz who cannot work Sirigu. Sable is hurt, after a foul from Moura.
Lucas Moura is fed a neat ball down the right, and he races forward, searching for Ibrahimovic. Bastia holding a decent defensive shape, and PSG are forced back.
Yellow Card Harek Féthi
SUBSTITUTION - Bastia: Djibril Cisse departs, replaced by Gianni Bruno
Tempo has dropped significantly, and despite more than 20 minutes to go, it does feel as if this is a foregone conclusion. PSG just knocking the ball gently in their own half.
CABAYE! That is very close from the former Newcastle midfiedler. First touch, brings the ball down superbly before hitting it on the half-volley. Shaves the crossbar.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Blaise Matuidi is preferred to Adrien Rabiot.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Marco Verratti departs, he is replaced by Yohan Cabaye.
YELLOW CARD - Lucas Moura: The Brazilian is booked for a challenge on Wahbi Khazri.
Yellow Card Lucas
Free-kick claimed well by Leca, who has been a dominating figure in the air for Bastia this afternoon. The Corsican side break however, as a shot on target is no match for Sirigu.
Lavezzi attempts to latch onto a nicely spread through ball from Thiago Motta, before he is upended by Diakite.Free-kick on the edge of the box for PSG.
PSG preparing a substitution, with Cabaye and Matuidi warming up on the touchline. Anticipated that one of Rabiot or Verratti will go off, in order to reinforce a midfield that is on the wane.
Lucas unable to turn Maxwell's cross into a goal, despite a fine move from his compatriot. Drilled in from the left, Lucas attempts a flick, and it actually comes off his own backside before being cleared by Squillaci.
KHAZRI! Marquinhos in a poor position and that allows Bastia to open up some space to work with through Khazri, who sees his shot deflected. Marquinhos apologises to his team-mates.
Something's been thrown on the pitch, not far from Salvatore Sirigu. Not what you'd want to see on a football pitch, but the missile has been cleared.
Fouls becoming a bit more prevalent in this encounter, as Verratti concedes a free-kick for a challenge on Romaric.
Fine ball from Thiago Motta towards Lucas Moura who races down the left-wing.The Brazilian winger loses his footing and catches Romaric, who gets a free-kick.
GOAL?! NO! Alex puts the ball in the back of the net with a fine powerful header, but the goal is ruled out for an infringement - by Thiago Motta on Modesto.
Romaric picks the ball forward and attempts to shoot, but it is well blocked by Alex who gets his body behind that.
Yellow Card Zlatan Ibrahimovic
YELLOW CARD - Sebastien Squillaci. The former Arsenal defender is booked after an unfair challenge with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! PSG get us going, they are attacking from left to right in this period.
HT: SCB 0-2 PSG: Complete control from the Ligue 1 champions. Two quick-fire goals at the beginning have paved the road for a routine win. Bastia are out of their depth here.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: SC Bastia 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
One minute added on at the end of the first half.
Ibrahimovic has an effort on goal from distance. Swerves slightly, but it's a decent take by Leca in the Bastia goal.
Maxwell brings the ball down the left wing, and combines with Alex and Lavezzi. However, another unnecessarily heavy pass brings the ball out of play, and back into Bastia's possession.
About five minutes to go until half-time at Stade Armand Cesari. Bastia playing a rather physical game to push PSG back. A lot of sloppy fouls have been conceded, namely from Modesto and Cahuzac.
France internationals Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Digne watch on as the Corsican hosts struggle to even get out of their own half as Cahuzac's wayward pass goes all the way back to Sirigu.
Wahbi Khazri reprimanded for a strong challenge on Rabiot. Ibrahimovic, who was in a bit of pain moments ago, springs back up. The champions are in complete control on the field of play nonetheless.
Tempo has dropped a little, as PSG sit back and defend in their own half. There's a player down for the visitors, but play continues.
PSG averaging 69% possession so far in the first half as Rabiot attempts a right footed effort from distance. Had the goalkeeper stretching, but Leca manages to save it.
No Thiago Silva in the starting line-up today, nor Blaise Matuidi. Both played in internationals in midweek, the former in Johannesburg against South Africa. Both rested ahead of the tie against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.
Free-kick awarded to PSG after Modesto clips Lucas Moura from behind. A rash challenge that, but the referee ticks him off. Approaching the half-hour mark here.
PSG have a corner after Squillaci's intervention denies Ibrahimovic a goalscoring chance. Corner taken well, curling threateningly towards the top corner, and Leca guides it behind.
Yellow Card Alex
Poor free-kick from Ryad Boudebouz, who sends it flying over Salvatore Sirigu's goal. No threat in that whatsoever.
YELLOW CARD - Alex: The Brazilian defender is booked for a rash challenge on Cahuzac, who was brought down from behind. Free-kick in a decent position, but Alex continues to remonstrate.
Ibrahimovic holds the ball well to feed Lucas Moura on the right. The Brazilian plays a fine cross, but it is taken well by Leca.
Verratti, the midfield metronome, plays a fine one-two with Rabiot in the middle as PSG look to consolidate their two-goal lead. All going so easy for the champions.
Salvatore Sirigu required to claw the ball off the crossbar after Modesto's shot is blocked by Alex. Foul on the goalkeeper by Cisse however.
That's Ezequiel Lavezzi's sixth goal this season, with Ibrahimovic providing the assist for the 11th time in Ligue 1. PSG really running away with the title, let alone this match.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Ezequiel Lavezzi
GOAL! Bastia 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain: LAVEZZI! All over already. The stadium is silenced. Ibrahimovic with a sumptuous assist for Lavezzi who streaks past Modesto and shoots low to beat Leca.
Bastia are without goalkeeper Mickael Landreau, who was injured in his side's 3-0 defeat to Marseille. Landreau holds the record for the most Ligue 1 appearances.
Yellow Card Yannick Cahuzac
Ibrahimovic standing over the free-kick, from about 40 yards out. It's through the wall, at a decent height. No power behind it, and Leca claims well.
YELLOW CARD - Yannick Cahuzac. He's received the first booking of the game, with a strong challenge on Adrien Rabiot.
Poor ball from the corner by Ryad Boudebouz, but he produces a second cross which goes deep into the danger zone. Headed away by Marquinhos.
Bastia applying some pressure, and using force! Djibril Cisse (remember him?) holds up the ball well, to link up with Wahbi Khazri, and eventually, Maxwell concedes the corner.
Adrien Rabiot on the ball for PSG now, pinging it forward for Lavezzi to give chase. Slightly more power on the back of that, and Modesto intervenes to win the ball.
Ibrahimovic's sixth minute goal brings up the ton for Paris Saint-Germain this campaign. That's their 100th in the 2013-14 season.
LUCAS!! Should be 2-0. The Brazil international is hell-bent on replicating his dizzying run against Olympique de Marseille last week. A fine run into the box, dribbling with ease past Squillaci, but he takes a touch too many!
That's Ibrahimovic's 23rd goal of the Ligue 1 season, with Lucas Moura picking up his eighth assist. A fine goal. Will this be a long afternoon for the hosts?
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL!! Bastia 0-1 PSG - Ibrahimovic. Who else? He loves scoring against this side. Lovely movement between the front three, as Lucas floats in a measured cross. Ibrahimovic gets above Cahuzac, and into the corner. Landreau rooted.
PSG have started well here, slipping into their usual passing rhythm against the Corsican outfit. Alex comes forward, with Lucas, and providing a slick one-two.
Heavy smoke encompassing the pitch at Furiani, making it difficult for players to see exactly where the play is located. It should be fine in the next few minutes however.
LUCAS! Twenty seconds in, and he is denied. Shocking defending from the off by Bastia, as the Brazilian sees his effort thwarted by Modesto. Corner to Paris.
UNDERWAY IN BASTIA! The hosts get us started attacking from left to right. Paris Saint-Germain in their change strip of all white.
The sides are coming out at Stade Armand Cesari, commonly known as Furiani. It's a sunny spring afternoon on the Corsican island. Kick-off imminent.
BASTIA : Leca - Diakité, Squillaci, Modesto, Harek - Sablé, Cahuzac (c) - Boudebouz, Khazri, Romaric - Cissé. SUBS: Vincensini, Palmieri, Togandé, Raspentino, Bruno, Ilan, Maoulida.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu - Van der Wiel, Alex, Marquinhos, Maxwell - Verratti, Thiago Motta, Rabiot - Lucas, Lavezzi - Ibrahimovic (c). SUBS: Douchez, Digne, Jallet, Thiago Silva, Cabaye, Matuidi, Pastore.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
For Bastia, one win in their last five represents a poor return for Frederic Hantz's men. But they still remain in the top half, sitting onl six points below Marseille.
PSG also have a distinctly easier run-in than their rivals, with only awkward trips to Lille and Lyon (who they face in April's Coupe de la Ligue final) yet to come. A fourth Ligue 1 title isn't too far away, it would seem.
The Ligue 1 title is coming into closer view for the capital club, having not suffered defeat in the competition since a reverse to Evian in December. All is falling into place for Laurent Blanc's men.
Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Classique rivals Olympique de Marseille in their last fixture, are eight points clear of AS Monaco in second. A win today would put them provisionally, 11 points clear of the Principality side.
Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of this afternoon's Ligue 1 clash between SC Bastia and Paris Saint-Germain from the Stade Armand Cesari.
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