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March 28, 2014
• 3:30 PM
• Allianz Riviera, Nice
Referee: S. Ennjimi
• Attendance: 35030
T. Kolodziejczak 52' (own goal)
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: OGC Nice 0-1 PSG
90' + 3'
Thiago Silva is incensed as the captain concedes a free-kick for an unfair challenge with Mathieu Bodmer. Laurent Blanc, however, has just gone down the tunnel. We're still playing!
90' + 1'
Into the first of three additional minutes added on at Allianz Riviera.
Digard makes some space and utilises it well. Picks out substitute Neal Maupay in the penalty box, but Sirigu rushes off his line to claim. Hasn't put a foot wrong in this game.
And it appears to be never. Delivery from the right is punched away by Sirigu twice as the league leaders efficiently clear their lines.
Edinson Cavani concedes a free-kick for a foul on Gregoire Puel. Free-kick in a decent position on the edge of the box. Now or never for Nice.
Kolodziejczak plays a fantastic pass for Bosetti who controls expertly, but then attempts to lift the ball over the defender, but he manages to lose possession.
The hosts drive forward in search of possession, though Mendy's slip on the ball exposes his side as PSG break. But Ibrahimovic is crowded out by a solid defence, as the move fizzles out.
Ibrahimovic has had a bit of an off night. Now, the Swede, with options left and right of him attempts to strike at Ospina with his right foot. But it is struck over the bar.
SUBSTITUTION - NIce: Christian Bruls replaces Valentin Eysseric.
SUBSTITUTION - Nice: Neal Maupay replaces Dario Cvitanich.
Frustration grows for les Aiglons as a refereeing call goes against them. Last throw of the dice by Claude Puel, as he prepares to make two changes.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Final change for the champions, as Yohan Cabaye is replaced by Blaise Matuidi
Nice are beginning to run out of time here as a corner is wasted. Sirigu punches away, before it is hoofed away by the returning Thiago Motta.
Yellow Card Mathieu Bodmer
YELLOW CARD - Mathieu Bodmer. The defender is booked for dissent.
There's a PSG player down. Motta slips and then gets stamped on by Didier Digard. Purely accidental, but the midfielder is in some considerable pain.
BODMER! What a fantastic clearance. Nice are once again furious with the opposition. Ibrahimovic clatters with Ospina, who is down. The goal is gaping and with Digne on the rebound, it looks as if it is going in until Bodmer's fantastic last minute intervention.
Tonight's attendance is confirmed as 35,030 at the Allianz Arena. One of the highest figures reported at this stadium. A very healthy number.
BAUTHEAC! What a chance. A sumptuous free-kick, but it narrowly clears the bar! A fine chance is missed! That's the closest Nice have come in this second half
Yellow Card Marquinhos
YELLOW CARD - Marquinhos: The defender picks up a booking, the second PSG player in the game. He concedes a free-kick in a fantastic area for the hosts.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Lucas Moura replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Javier Pastore is replaced by Marco Verratti.
Eysseric, who has been rather quiet in this game admittedly, attempts a powerful burst down the left wing. Low cross in from his left foot, but it is well charged down by Jallet.
PSG readying a couple of substitutions. Expected to be a double change, with one of those being Lucas Moura.
PSG where similarly poor in their last league game against FC Lorient, this time last Friday. The league leaders where hindered by a synthetic pitch, and were lucky to pick up a narrow 1-0 win.
Digard plays a long searching pass for Alexy Bosetti to give chase on the far side. But it's got a bit of pace behind that. Too much for Bosetti to handle as the ball goes out.
PSG looking to kill off any momentum Nice have built up in this second half. It was a sucker punch sort of goal they conceded, but they haven't really created much in the last 15 minutes.
Mahamane El Hadji Traoré
SUBSTITUTION - Nice: Alexy Bosetti replaces Mahamane Traore
IBRAHIMOVIC! From distance, it fizzes wide. Takes two deflections en route, but that was a stinging effort from the Swede.
It has been credited as an own goal as TV replays show Kolodziejczak took the final touch. But PSG are in the lead, a lead they scarcely deserve, nonetheless.
Own Goal T. Kolodziejczak
GOAL Nice 0-1 PSG - it's been marked as a Kolodziejczak own goal, but Edinson Cavani will want to claim it. Pastore plays the lofted pass forward, helped on by ibrahimovic's header. The defender is nowhere, and Cavani sticks out a leg to divert it past a wrong footed Ospina.
Oh, a wonderful, wonderful take by David Ospina in the Nice goal. A long ball is played forward for Ibrahimovic to give chase.But Ospina is so well positioned and lunges at it, to make a very good save.
PSG applying a bit of pressure as Lucas Digne drills in a low cross from the left.Hoping to connect with Ibrahimovic in the middle, but it cannons off Kolodzieczjak, and eventually cleared for a corner.
Ibrahimovic hasn't got going yet in the second half. Almost at pedestrian pace as he attempts to force through an opening, but the move is scuppered by the referee's whistle.
First chance of the second half falls from Yohan Cabaye, who opts to strike from distance once again. No test for Ospina as it goes wide.
Underway in the second half as PSG get us going, they are attacking from left to right in this half.
The sides are out for the second half.
HT: NIC 0-0 PSG - it's goalless at the break at Allianz Rivieira. But it has been an intriguing half. PSG have come close, thwarted by good goalkeeping from Ospina, but the hosts have also spurned some chances. All set for a really decent second period.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: OGC Nice 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain
One minute added on at the end of the first half.
OSPINA!! Wonderful save. Fantastic delivery from Lavezzi, curled in towards the far post. Met by the unmarked Thiago Silva, who is thwarted on the line by a flying Ospina save.
Ibrahimovic appeals for a yellow card after he is hauled down by Mendy in an off the ball challenge. Referee Said Ennjimi is having none of it, as PSG nonetheless, have a free-kick to work.
Space opens up for Nice as Digard drives forward after a neat pass from Bautheac. Digard picks out Eysseric on the right, but the delivery into the box is blocked by Marquinhos.
Free-kick conceded by Valentin Eysseric on Lucas Digne, as the latter feels the pain of that rash challenge. Coming to the end of the first half here, but it remains 0-0.
Ibrahimovic is furious with Lavezzi, after a poor, limp cross from the left is easily cut out by Bodmer. Nice, meanwhile, go on the counter in search of the first goal.
Romain Genevois forced off to receive treatment. Nice currently down to ten men for now. It's been an interesting half, however. PSG haven't settled into their rhythm, despite having the best chances.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Fine save from the goalkeeper once again. But Nice are furious. Cavani's heavy touch in the box initially scupers a chance, before Genevois goes down with injury. PSG completely disregard this, as Ibrahimovic powers forward from an acute angle. Ospina makes the save, nonetheless.
CAVANI! Fine save from the Colombian goalkeeper. Cavani on the edge of the box, turns in a defender effortlessly, and curls one towards the far post, it is turned behind by Ospina.
PASTORE! He's sliced it wide! The Argentine gets himself into a bit of space just outside of the box, but he gets his bearings all wrong. Well wide. Very disappointing.
Nice still pressing, as former PSG midfielder Mathieu Bodmer gets a strike away. Another decent save from Sirigu, who has not been troubled so far.
According to Canal , the local broadcaster, the LFP will open an investigation against Nice after kick-off was delayed for upto 8 minutes due to fan protests. The game eventually started at 20:38 local time.
Ibrahimovic attempts to move the play out wide with another cross field pass. This time it's located for Christophe Jallet, who takes a heavy touch and forces the ball out of play.
No surprise that Paris Saint-Germain have had the lion's share of possession. 57% possession so far in the 27 minutes played.
EYSSERIC! Nice follow up with another chance. Much like the Digard effort moments ago, but this one has a bit of zip on it. Sirigu forced into a quick, but relatively comfortable take of the ball.
DIGARD! From distance, it's an accurate strike, from about 25 yards out. Not enough power on it, as Salvatore Sirigu makes an easy save.
PSG really good in the build-up once again, as Ibrahimovic races into the middle of four defenders and does his best to use his unique dribbling skills to try and acquire some space. But even Ibrahimovic takes on one too many as the ball is intercepted.
Lovely move from Yohan Cabaye who nutmegs Digard before playing a fine lofted pass to find Cavani making a decent run in from the left. Just a bit too heavy for his team-mate.
Lavezzi! It is wide again. Romain Genevois does just enough to put off the Argentine forward, but he fails to trouble Ospina in the Nice goal.
The Nice fans are paying tribute to the club's former midfielder, Kevin Anin. Anin's last game was against PSG last season, before the midfielder's promising career was cut short by a horrific car crash. His shirt number, 17, provides the basis for a tribute in the 17th minute.
CAVANI! Just couldn't divert it into the net! Lovely pass from Ibrahimovic who produces a fine diagonal ball to pick out his strike partner. It's too close to Ospina, and Cavani cannot turn it in.
Ezequiel Lavezzi latches onto the loose ball just outside the penalty box. Holding off his marker, he spots Ibrahimovic on the right, but a wayward through ball scuppers the move.
PSG have not beaten Nice away since 2011, and are lucky not to have gone behind here in the early stages at Allianz Riviera.
YELLOW CARD - Christophe Jallet. The right-back is booked for a rash challenge on Eric Bautheac.
Yellow Card Christophe Jallet
Challenges flying in all over the field as Marquinhos is reprimanded for a strong challenge on Dario Cvitanich.
GOAL?! NO! Nice put the ball into the net after a low cross catches out the Parisien defence. Two players are offside, as the ball is eventually bundled in from Bodmer. But the assistant referee has got that one right.
Lucas Digne lucky not to have booked, after a strong challenge on Mendy, who is left in considerable pain. But the hosts have a free-kick, and in a very good position.
Nice win their first corner thanks to Digard's promising run on the far side. But the delivery is delayed as fans continue to pepper Sirigu's goal with toilet paper. The Nice players quickly get to removing the material, but the eventual corner comes to nothing.
CABAYE! What a chance. A fine effort from the former Newcastle midfielder. He picks out a bit of space in the midfield and strikes from distane. Ospina is just watching that, and watching it fly narrowly wide.
And finally, the Nice fans are in full voice after an odd, and somewhat eerie atmosphere to the game. I assume that this is some sort of protest against the club and the hierarchy. They have literally burst into full voice.
Ibrahimovic has started well, picking out Luas Digne on the left. The young left-back, in for Maxwell, makes a fine run down the left wing but fails to pick out a team-mate with his cross.
LAVEZZI! That's poor.First chance of the game, and the Nice defence were caught unaware. Lovely pass from Pastore to pick out his compatriot, but Lavezzi completely scuffs the shot.
Nice start brightly against the champions as Gregoire Puel brusts down the right. Has an option on the right, but eventually closed down.
WE ARE UNDERWAY IN NICE! Finally, referee Said Ennjimi gets us going, at 20:38 local time, eight minutes later than planned. Nice attacking from left to right.
And we're still not off yet, as the PA announcer at the Allianz Riviera pleads for fans to stop throwing tissue paper and ticker tape onto the field of play. We've now been delayed for six minutes.
Kick-off slightly delayed as officials clear up some of the ticker tae thrown onto the pitch by Nice fans.
There is an odd atmosphere inside the stadium, no cheering whatsoever. The teams are met by hordes of Nice fans simply clapping their hands in unison over a chant.
PARIS SG: Sirigu, Jallet, Thiago Silva (C), Marquinhos, Digne, Thiago Motta, Cabaye, Pastore, Lavezzi, Cavani, Ibrahimović.
OGC NICE: Ospina, Kolodziejczak, Puel, Bodmer, Geneva, Digard, Traore, Eysseric, Mendy, Bauthéac, Cvitanich.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick when the two sides met at the Parc des Princes earlier this season. In total, the Swede has five goals against this side in the three games that he has played.
Nice meanwhile, sit comfortably in mid-table. A victory for them tonight would see them break into the top ten. The last time PSG travelled to Nice, in a match played at the hosts' former ground Stade du Ray, Les Rouges et Noir won, beating Carlo Ancelotti's men 2-1 in a fiesty encounter.
Les Parisiens sit ten points clear of AS Monaco in second, and are coasting to what would be a fourth Ligue 1 triumph. Can they afford to take their eyes off the ball?
PSG have one eye on a mouthwatering UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea FC, the Premier League leaders on Wednesday. Nevertheless, there is league matters to be dealt with first, for Laurent Blanc's men.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of this evening's Ligue 1 clash between OGC Nice and Paris Saint-Germain from the Allianz Rivieira. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through the action tonight.
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