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2 vs 1
Played
December 4, 2012 2:45 PM EST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ C. Thomson‎
Attendance:‬ 45512‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Porto

Goal.com rates the performers on show at the Parc des Princes as Carlo Ancelotti's men stole top spot in Group A against the Portuguese giant

By Mohammed Ali

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    35
    2
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    A competent performance by the Italy international, who returned from injury at the weekend. Porto’s equaliser was by no means his fault, though one nervy moment in the second half almost saw him concede. Came up big for his side with a fantastic block against Martinez.

  • Thiago Silva
    84
    2
    4.00

    Thiago Silva Top of the Match

    The captain rebounded from poor performances in the past week to score a fantastic opener. Showed incredible composure to power his header in off the bar and was a solid presence at the back. His booking for a challenge on Martinez was the one blot on his copybook.

  • Alex
    22
    7
    3.00

    Alex

    The Brazilian was reasonably reliable but he must take some blame for failing to pick up Jackson Martinez for the Porto equaliser. However, that said, the former Chelsea centre-back was a main figure in thwarting the opposition as the match progressed.

  • Maxwell
    23
    5
    2.50

    Maxwell

    Was more of an attacking threat after reverting back to his favoured left-back role for the club. Picked up an assist, but was otherwise not particularly active going forward.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    30
    2
    3.00

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Much improved in attack, his crosses proved more than a handful for Alex Sandro, though his static defensive positioning will again be a concern.

  • Jérémy Menez
    28
    9
    3.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Again, the main source of PSG’s attacking forays, the winger contributed a fair amount to his side’s chances. Was well marshalled by Danilo but improved in the second period and tested Helton further.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    26
    6
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    Rebounded from his shock red card at the weekend to maintain his good form for les Parisiens so far this season. A key figure in midfield, he started various attacking opportunities for his side.

  • Clément Chantôme
    21
    7
    3.00

    Clément Chantôme

    The defensive midfielder enjoyed a decent outing and can be happy with his energy and composure in a competitive midfield.

  • Javier Pastore
    48
    6
    3.50

    Javier Pastore

    Looked isolated on the right during the first half but improved noticeably after the break and was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet with a technically superb volley. Replaced with a couple of minutes left.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    46
    3
    3.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    The former Napoli star is beginning to show flashes of his previous brilliance. He was a menace for the Portuguese side to contend with, though he was gifted a goal by Helton’s error. Went off with 14 minutes to go for Marco Verratti.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    41
    23
    2.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Ibrahimovic’s influence waned the longer the game went on, and despite early opportunities against Helton - in which he was denied by the goalkeeper - he would generally drop deeper to help carve out chances. Lucky not to have been booked in the opening stages. Missed a glaring opportunity to put the game to bed, prompting boos from some sections of the crowd.

Substitutions

  • Christophe Jallet
    13
    4
    2.50

    Christophe Jallet

    Came on for Menez with minutes to go; not enough time to make an impression.

  • Nenê
    18
    3

    Nenê

    The Brazilian was thrown on in favour of Pastore, but only managed to get booked.

  • Marco Verratti
    33
    2
    2.50

    Marco Verratti

    The young Italian returned to the field as a second-half substitute and his slick passing ability was quickly evident.

  • Helton
    5
    18
    2.00

    Helton Flop of the Match

    The Brazilian goalkeeper was unusually suspect at the Parc des Princes. Uncertain when to come for the ball, his night went from bad to worse after conceding howler by allowing Lavezzi’s weak shot to squirm under him and into the net. A night to forget.

  • Danilo
    14
    3
    3.00

    Danilo

    Surprisingly, the right-back was bright, as he found the perfect balance of attack and defence for the Portuguese giants. An unlikely source for Porto’s equaliser, he was a threat down the right flank. His game deteriorated towards the end, however.

  • Eliaquim Mangala
    7
    4
    2.50

    Eliaquim Mangala

    The Frenchman shrugged off an average start at the Parc des Princes. More solid than his centre-back partner, though he struggled against the strength of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for large swathes of the game.

  • Alex Sandro
    11
    3
    2.50

    Alex Sandro

    The left-back could not exactly manage to suppress the creativity of Menez, but an assured stint at the back would contribute well to Porto’s solid rearguard.

  • Nicolás Otamendi
    10
    2
    2.50

    Nicolás Otamendi

    The Argentine defender had a busy night In Paris. Lost out physically to Ibrahimovic, though a series of interceptions proved vital for his side. Somehow, easily beaten by Menez for pace but, other than that, could not be faulted for a goalkeeping error that saw the match swing in PSG’s favour.

  • Lucho González
    12
    3
    3.00

    Lucho González

    The commanding figure in the middle of the park, ‘El Comandante’ was constantly creative chances and instigating openings. However, he also missed a glaring opportunity midway through the second half.

  • Joao Moutinho
    14
    3
    2.50

    Joao Moutinho

    The Portugal international was particularly muted in midfield, as he preferred to sit back and leave creative duties to Lucho Gonzalez. Didn’t offer much further forward.

  • James Rodríguez
    12
    3
    2.50

    James Rodríguez

    The match-winner the last time these sides met in Portugal on matchday 2, Rodriguez was upstaged by his compatriot, but nevertheless excelled on occasions with tussles with Clement Chantome. Cut a frustrated figure, with his mood only worsening after a silly booking.

  • Fernando
    3
    6
    3.00

    Fernando

    The Brazilian midfielder was unassuming in his play. Did his best to assert his authority in the centre of the field before being replaced by the more advanced Steven Defour midway through the second half.

  • Jackson Martínez
    22
    2
    3.00

    Jackson Martínez

    The Colombian forward was arguably one of the better players on show as he constantly proved to be a threat for PSG’s stuttering defence. Tested Sirigu with a powerful effort, before heading in a fine equaliser. He would be denied in the second half by the PSG No.1 again.

  • Silvestre Varela
    6
    5
    2.50

    Silvestre Varela

    The Portugal winger was surprisingly ineffectual and could not dictate attacking play down his flank. Didn’t trouble the back four nearly as much as the other front two. Came off for Atsu with minutes to go.

Substitutions

  • Abdoulaye Ba
    3
    3

    Abdoulaye Ba

    A late cameo appearance after coming on for Alex Silva.

  • Steven Defour
    4
    3

    Steven Defour

    Having replaced Fernando midway through the second half, the Belgian midfielder was a largely peripheral figure.

  • Christian Twasam Atsu
    7
    4

    Christian Twasam Atsu

    Thrown on by Pereira in hope of a second equaliser, but the Ghanaian did not have time on his side to influence proceedings.

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Position
Ranking
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Striker
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14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
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8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2