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September 25, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Stade du Hainaut — Valenciennes
Referee:‬ R. Buquet‎
Attendance:‬ 19180‎
 
 
Edinson Cavani 45+2′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valenciennes 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain

Goal evaluates the players on show at Stade du Hainaut as PSG labored to a 1-0 win against struggling Valenciennes.

By Mohammed Ali

  • Nicolas Penneteau
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nicolas Penneteau

    Decent evening from the experienced goalkeeper, who was well beaten by Edinson Cavani's clinical finish. Not tested nearly as enough, but still a little jittery in goal.

  • Kenny Lala
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kenny Lala

    Evening could've gone much better for the full-back who excelled in Valenciennes' bright spell in the first half. Couldn't maintain that level once PSG took the lead.

  • Lindsay Rose
    0
    0
    3.00

    Lindsay Rose

    The young defender excelled up against Ibrahimovic and Cavani with a few well-timed important challenges. His stock could rise high this season

  • G. Kagelmacher
    0
    0
    2.50

    G. Kagelmacher

    On the periphery at AS Monaco, the defender looks set to be a staple at the back this season. Calm, but hurried into action, his composure on the ball wasn't always the best.

  • Rudy Mater
    0
    0
    3.00

    Rudy Mater

    Perhaps Valenciennes' most important player in a very good first half, the full-back's evening would be curtailed by injury.

  • David Ducourtioux
    0
    0
    2.50

    David Ducourtioux

    Not a great evening from the tenacious midfielder, who more often than not rushed into tackles and was generally sloppy. Nevertheless, effective as a combative midfielder.

  • Eloge Enza Yamissi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Eloge Enza Yamissi

    The Central African Republic midfielder enjoyed a rather productive evening, showing good movement and positional sense. Posed PSG a few problems with his ability to link play coolly.

  • Tongo Hamed Doumbia
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tongo Hamed Doumbia

    The powerful midfielder excelled in the first half, though his performance dipped slightly. Dynamic going forward, linked well with Yamissi and Dossevi, creating constant chances.

  • Mathieu Dossevi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mathieu Dossevi

    Potentially the most influential of the Valenciennes players, but the one who couldn't exactly take his chances. Technically able, and getting the better of Jallet, Dossevi's profligacy ensured that they couldn't get at least a point.

  • Maor Melikson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Maor Melikson

    The Israel international was a potent threat on the wing, with pace and trickery, giving the full-back a headache. Got into good positions, but lacked the ability when it mattered. Woeful in the final third.

  • Opa Nguette
    0
    0
    2.00

    Opa Nguette

    The Valenciennes frontman failed to really assert himself, with much of the chances going to the two wide men. Instead, used essentially to hound defenders - in particular Marquinhos - down.

Substitutions

  • Aurelian Ionut Chițu
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aurelian Ionut Chițu

    The Romanian was thrown on with a quarter of an hour to go, but couldn't really assist Valenciennes in finding an equaliser.

  • Anthony Le Tallec
    0
    0
    2.00

    Anthony Le Tallec

    Came on midway through the second half, and spurned the best opportunity late on.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    2
    0
    2.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Once again, the Italy international had very little to do all evening. But when it mattered, he relied on Verratti and Valenciennes' inability to finish instead.

  • Marquinhos
    2
    0
    2.50

    Marquinhos

    The young defender is still learning, but nevertheless, was far from his best this evening. Struggled up against powerful opposition, but improved as the game progressed.

  • Alex
    2
    0
    3.00

    Alex Top of the Match

    Enjoyed a decent 45 minutes before being forced off with injury. A worry for les Parisiens.

  • Lucas Digne
    2
    0
    2.50

    Lucas Digne

    Recovered after an inconsistent start to become a threat on the left. Good deliveries aided his side, but defensively a little suspect still.

  • Christophe Jallet
    2
    1
    2.50

    Christophe Jallet

    Jallet is now regarded as number two in his position at the club and performances like these won't really help his case. Not a huge threat offensively, he didn't take risks going forward, focusing instead to stay back.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    2
    0
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    The dynamic France international was again a staple in midfield, connecting good passes, and initiating counterattacks for his side. Not his best, but still more than decent.

  • Marco Verratti
    3
    0
    2.50

    Marco Verratti

    Three days ago, the Italian was hailed as the best player in PSG's 1-1 draw with Monaco, but performance tonight looked a little flat. Booked for a rash challenge. But nevertheless, saved his side with a goal line clearance.

  • Javier Pastore
    2
    2
    2.00

    Javier Pastore Flop of the Match

    Much has been made about Pastore's confidence and his inability to replicate training performances on the field of play. And tonight proved no different, with an unimaginative performance.

  • Edinson Cavani
    2
    1
    2.50

    Edinson Cavani

    Shrugged off a rather inconsistent first half to put PSG ahead - what ultimately proved to be the match-winner. Well-taken finish, but questions still linger over his relationship with Ibrahimovic.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    5
    0
    2.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The Sweden international provided the game-winning assist, but was not as big a threat going forward. Struggled against Valenciennes' closing-down tactics.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    4
    0
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    The Argentine was efficient on the wing, improving his positional play, and providing defence splitting passes - most notably for Lucas Digne. Struggling with fitness, but didn't look sharp at all.

Substitutions

  • Zoumana Camara
    3
    0
    2.50

    Zoumana Camara

    Came on for the injured Alex, and slotted in well at the back, preserving his side's clean sheet.

  • Thiago Motta
    3
    0

    Thiago Motta

    Late substitute for Edinson Cavani.

  • Adrien Rabiot
    3
    0
    2.50

    Adrien Rabiot

    Came on in the second half as PSG looked to close down the game. Booked for a poor challenge.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. Zlatan IbrahimovicStrikerPSG3.33
2. Edinson CavaniStrikerPSG3.18
3. Thiago SilvaDefenderPSG3.16
4. MaxwellDefenderPSG3.00
5. Blaise MatuidiMidfielderPSG2.97
6. Marco VerrattiMidfielderPSG2.94
7. Thiago MottaMidfielderPSG2.93
8. Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeperPSG2.88
9. LucasMidfielderPSG2.86
10. AlexDefenderPSG2.85
11. Adrien RabiotMidfielderPSG2.75
12. Ezequiel LavezziStrikerPSG2.71
13. Lucas DigneDefenderPSG2.69
14. Gregory van der WielDefenderPSG2.68
15. Yohan CabayeMidfielderPSG2.67
16. MarquinhosDefenderPSG2.67
17. Christophe JalletDefenderPSG2.58
18. Jérémy MenezMidfielderPSG2.58
19. Zoumana CamaraDefenderPSG2.50
20. Javier PastoreMidfielderPSG2.50