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Ligue 1

  • January 11, 2014
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Stade François Coty, Ajaccio
  • Referee: N. Rainville
  • • Attendance: 6721
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  • 90' + 4'
    FULL-TIME: Ajaccio 1-2 PSG - PSG go five points clear at the top of the table.
  • 90' + 3'
    Brief break in play as Tonucci picks up a bloodied nose and requires a bit of attention. PSG running down the clock, as Ajaccio are down to ten currently.
  • 90' + 2'
    CAVANI! Maginificent stop by the goalkeeper. Huge goal-kick from Sirigu, helped on by Ibrahimovic. Fantastic control by Cavani who provides a bit of skill to bamboozle Hengbart. Fires at goal, but saved by Ochoa.
  • 90'
    Into the first of FOUR additional minutes at Stade Francois Coty.
  • 89'
    Ajaccio have one final chance here. Mostefa feeds Cavalli on the left, but cannot get the ball into a danger zone as PSG reclaim the ball.
  • 87'
    Awful pass from Javier Pastore. They had an opportunity to put this game to bad also. Pastore, with only Ibrahimovic ahead of him flops the pass, as the move breaks down.
  • 86'
    THERE WAS THE CHANCE FOR AJACCIO! Fantastic burst down the left by Eduardo. Free header for Paul Lasne, who heads wide. What a chance!
  • 84'
    SubstitutionClaude Dielna Sigamary Diarra
  • 83'
    This game has had an air of finality around it for quite some time. Really turgid second half, where PSG have been ultimately patient, and successful - now likely to seal off victory.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionAdrien Rabiot Marquinhos
  • 81'
    SubstitutionBenjamin Andre Aboubacar Camara
  • 81'
    SUBSTITUTION: Ajaccio - Benjamin Andre off for Aboubacar Camara.
  • 81'
    SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Adrien Rabiot is replaced by Marquinhos.
  • 80'
    Chance for PSG again! Fantastic, flowing passing move as the ball finds Ibrahimovic on the edge of the area. Towards Cavani, but the ball goes behind him, and cleared by the defender.
  • 78'
    PSG dominating once more, but do not look likely to add a third goal. Nevertheless, they have 70% possession count.
  • 76'
    Laurent Blanc's changes have paid off in less than five minutes! They've taken the stuffing out of Ajaccio here with a fine delivery from Pastore. Can they maintain this lead?
  • 74'
    AssistZlatan Ibrahimovic
  • 74'
    GoalBlaise Matuidi
    GOAL! AJACCIO 1-2 PSG!! Javier Pastore plays the role of super sub as he delivers in a fantastic chip towards Ibrahimovic who nods into the path of Matuidi, who provides the bullet diving header past Ochoa.
  • 73'
    Maxwell makes good progress, arriving from the left as his cross is delivered in strongly. Once more, fails to meet the required target.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionEzequiel Lavezzi Lucas
  • 72'
    SubstitutionAlex Javier Pastore
  • 72'
    SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ezequiel Lavezzi, scorer of the equaliser, is replaced by Lucas Moura as Laurent Blanc heads for the jugular.
  • 72'
    SUBSTITUTION: PSG - Alex replaced by Javier Pastore.
  • 70'
    SUBSTITUTION - Ajaccio: First change of the game as Laurent Bonnart replaces Ricardo Faty.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionRicardo Faty Laurent Bonnart
  • 69'
    Heading into the final 20 minutes at Stade Francois Coty. Are Ajaccio heading for a fourth consecutive draw against the Parisien side?
  • 68'
    Yellow CardZlatan Ibrahimovic
  • 67'
    YELLOW CARD -Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede gives a murderous stare towards referee Nicolas Rainville as he is booked for dissent despite being fouled.
  • 66'
    EDUARDO!! Against the run of play once more, but Ajaccio have really revved up proceedings here. Cavalli comes off a dormant period to fire a long ball towards Eduardo, with a fine stop by Sirigu.
  • 63'
    IBRAHIMOVIC! How longer can Ajaccio maintain tehir defensive shape? Cross delivered into the box, as Ibrahimovic connects with the ball but cannot force the ball into the net.
  • 61'
    MATUIDI!! Close. Very close. Maxwell makes in-roads on the left with a fantastic cross off the left. Matuidi cannot make a good connection an inch from the line, as the ball flies out with Cavani unable to reach it.
  • 60'
    Ajaccio's influence in the final third has waned significantly. Andre's movement on the left is clear once more, but his delivery flies way wide.
  • 58'
    Really turgid affair this second half has become. No movement in midfield, with play situated mainly on the flanks, and not in the final third. Surely Laurent Blanc must be thinking of a change?
  • 56'
    Lavezzi with a half-chance. Combines well with Ibrahimovic who provides a delicate through ball into the box. Perozo blocks him off, not once, but twice as Ajaccio get the ball away.
  • 54'
    Cavani with a rather nice piece of skill to find Van der Wiel with a heel chop. Nevertheless, the Dutchman gives the ball away, and Ajaccio have won themselves a goal-kick.
  • 52'
    PSG can go five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with a victory here after Monaco were held away to Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson last night. They wouldn't want to throw this away.
  • 49'
    Benjamin Andre caught again, and moving gingerly. The midfielder's influence has taken a tumble in the last few minutes. Being kept quiet.
  • 48'
    Ajaccio on the back foot, with Matuidi powering forward through the midfield. Hengbart alert, and breaks up the move as Ajaccio begin from the back.
  • 46'
    PSG have started brightly in this second half, and won another corner. Played short by Lavezzi, the move ultimately breaks down.
  • 46'
    We are underway for the second half in Ajaccio.
  • HT: ACA 1-1 PSG - half-time at Stade Francois Coty. The hosts were doing pretty well up until their late collapse. Eduardo's goal put them ahead, before Lavezzi equalised, but there's still time to turn this around.
  • 45' + 1'
    Yellow CardGregory van der Wiel
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME: AC Ajaccio 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
  • 45' + 1'
    YELLOW CARD: Gregory van der Wiel. The Dutchman booked for a deliberate handball. But that should be half-time.
  • 45'
    One minute of injury time signalled by referee Nicolas Rainville.
  • 44'
    PSG knocking on the door now. Matuidi sees a header wide after an innocuous chance from the wing, and Ibrahimovic rather audaciously tries to catch Ochoa out from the halfway line. Saved by the goalkeeper.
  • 43'
    IBRAHIMOVIC! Fantastic strike from distance, but Ochoa sees it all the way, parries for a fantastic save.
  • 41'
    AssistZlatan Ibrahimovic
  • 41'
    GoalEzequiel Lavezzi
    GOAL: Ajaccio 1-1 PSG! Ezequiel Lavezzi taps into an empty net. A strong move from midfield. Matuidi picks out Ibrahimovic who made a neat run behind Tonucci. He squares into the path of Lavezzi, and it's 1-1.
  • 40'
    The visitors are knocking nonetheless. Gaps are showing in the Ajaccio defence, with Laurent Blanc's side picking up the momentum.
  • 38'
    Superb tactical resolve from the Corsican side, who are stifling their Parisien counterparts, particularly in midfield. It's a strong showing here from the hosts.
  • 37'
    CAVANI AGAIN!! Oh it's woeful. A total mis-hit there. The ball comes off the wing, with the Uruguayan keenly positioned. It comes off of his shin, and over the bar.
  • 35'
    CAVANI! Half-chance for the Uruguayan striker. Picks up the ball just outside of the box and aims for goal. Off target. He scored in the reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes.
  • 34'
    Yellow CardClaude Dielna
  • 34'
    YELLOW CARD - Claude Dielna. Strong challenge from the full-back on Adrien Rabiot, who is limping. PSG have a shortage in midfield as it is, but the youngster should be fine.
  • 33'
    Thiago Motta has an accidental elbow on Cedric Hengbart, with the defender down and injured. Should be fine to continue, as Motta escapes reprimand.
  • 32'
    Matuidi with a strong challenge on Benjamin Andre. Free-kick to the hosts. Whipped in from the wing, but the goalkeeper is equal to it once more.
  • 30'
    Ajaccio come off of the left wing, through Lasne, who attempts to drill in a cross from the right but it's a good save by Sirigu.
  • 28'
    IBRAHIMOVIC!! Slams off the post!! Very unlucky from the Sweden international. It's a low one, and Ochoa doesn't even move. Clatters off of the post.
  • 27'
    Benjamin Andre concedes a free-kick after fouling Lavezzi. In the same position as Ibrahimovic's free-kick earlier in this game. What can PSG make out of this one?
  • 25'
    Matuidi finds Motta, and then Rabiot as PSG begin to break down Ajaccio with their usual patient brand of passing football. But the Corsicans are unfazed, and retrieve the ball with ease.
  • 24'
    Free-kick to Ajaccio. Benjamin Andre fouled after a double challenge from Thiago Motta and Gregory van der Wiel. It's been a frustrating first half for PSG so far, but they've got the ball cleared.
  • 23'
    Terrific cross from Dielna who superbly picks out Eduardo who has made a neat run behind the defence, but cannot get it past Sirigu, who makes a smart save under pressure.
  • 22'
    A roar of approval comes in by Ricardo Faty who performs a stunning Cruyff turn to get past the challenge of Rabiot. Ajaccio are bossing it in the middle.
  • 20'
    Lazy from the Parisien midfield, as they allow Cavalli to pick up the ball untracked, and find space for Mostefa coming in from the right. The move breaks down, but Ajaccio are making a real statement here.
  • 18'
    Mostefa links well with Cavalli as they come in off the right wing. Cavalli loses a bit of composure and stabs the ball goalwards, but it's hit the side netting!
  • 17'
    Yellow CardRicardo Faty
  • 17'
    Free-kick from Motta after a Hengbart foul. The defender is booked. Meanwhile, it's whipped in by the Italy midfielder, but takes a nick off Hengbart and out for a goal-kick. Should've been a corner!
  • 16'
    PSG lead 61% on possession. But it is Ajaccio who are threatening in the final third. Another through ball from Rabiot towards Ibrahimovic, but it's too heavy.
  • 16'
    Yellow CardRicardo Faty
  • 14'
    CAVALLI! Stunning move from Ajaccio. Eduardo draws in Alex with some superb skill. Picks out Cavalli who hits it on the volley. Narrowly wide by the midfielder.
  • 12'
    PSG have already had four corners in this game, and have squandered all of them. This time, from the right - it sails behind Ochoa's goal.
  • 11'
    Worth noting that Guillermo Ochoa always seems to have a near perfect game against PSG. In August, he was the undoubted man of the match when the two sides played against each other. Here, he's already made one great save.
  • 10'
    OCHOA!! STUNNING SAVE! Matuidi rips a hole in the Ajaccio defence with a strong burst into the box. Evades his marker, and picks out Lavezzi. He is denied by a strong save from the goalkeeper!
  • 9'
    PSG attempt to issue a strong response with Rabiot coming away through the middle. Unsuccessful, but they win a corner. The delivery is poor from Motta, and Ochoa claims.
  • 8'
    Laurent Blanc cuts a frustrated figure on the field. Surprisingly shoddy defending from the top side, against the bottom! Eduardo with his first goal. Shock start here.
  • 6'
    GoalEduardo
    GOAL!!! GOAL!! Ajaccio 1-0 PSG!! Stunning move, and against the run of play. Ajaccio break at will. Passive defending from the champions as Van der Wiel suffers from a lapse in concentration. Ball comes in off the right, and Eduardo taps it in. What a shock!
  • 6'
    AssistBenjamin Andre
  • 5'
    CAVANI!! Hengbart concedes the corner after dispossessing the defender. Lavezzi makes a decent delivery of the ball, and Cavani gets a great header on the ball, but narrowly over.
  • 4'
    PSG have begun this well. Motta attempts a ball over the top for Ibrahimovic to chase, but it's a good save by Ochoa.
  • 3'
    IBRAHIMOVIC! Tipped over by Guillermo Ochoa. Takes a deflection off of a defender, and Ochoa makes a relatively comfortable save. Corner to the Parisiens.
  • 2'
    Foul on Maxwell by Ricardo Faty, and PSG have a good position to strike this from. Maxwell feeling a bit of strain there, but Ibrahimovic has positioned himself for this. 32 metres out.
  • 1'
    We are underway in Ajaccio. The hosts begin, attacking from right to left.
  • Ibrahimovic, who hit a stunning hat-trick in the first half v Brest on Wednesday, is two goals away from hitting 300 career club goals.
  • TEAM NEWS: PSG field the same outfield side as the one that beat Brest 5-2 in the Coupe de France, with the exception of Salvatore Sirigu's return. For Ajaccio, Eduardo is the lone striker up front, with Johan Cavalli supporting behind.
  • AC AJACCIO:  Ochoa - Hengbart, Perozo, Tonucci, Dielna - Mostefa, Faty - André, Cavalli, Lasne – Eduardo.
  • PSG: Sirigu - Van der Wiel, T.Silva, Alex, Maxwell - Rabiot, Motta, Matuidi - Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi.
  • CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
  • The last time Ajaccio hosted PSG, was way back at the start of last season, with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Carlo Ancelotti sent off in a stormy game. In truth, many of these meetings have been controversial.
  • Nevertheless, the Corsican side can count on a good recent run of form against PSG - better, surprisingly, than nearly all of the sides in Ligue 1. They have drawn their last three against the champions, including two of those at Parc des Princes.
  • Meanwhile, Ajaccio remain rooted to the bottom of the table, and require victory to push start their hopes of a revival. They are eight points adrift of safety.
  • Ligue 1 returns after the winter break, with Paris SG being crowned 'winter champions' after topping the table in the run up to Christmas. They'll be looking to start 2014 strongly in the league, after Monaco spilled points away to Montpellier last night.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of this afternoon's Ligue 1 encounter between AC Ajaccio and Paris Saint-Germain from Stade Francois Coty.