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Paris St Germain
May 17, 2014
• 3:00 PM
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: L. Duhamel
• Attendance: 46206
Paris St Germain
E. Lavezzi 2'
Z. Ibrahimovic 20'
Lucas Moura 49'
A. Rabiot 88'
90' + 3'
FT: PSG 4-0 MHSC - a strong showing from the champions, on the night they end the season in style. What a performance, what a season they've had! Montpellier have been demolished.
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: PSG 4-0 Montpellier
90' + 1'
Closer to full-time in Ligue 1 for the season. Lille have qualified for the UEFA Champions League, thanks to their 3-1 win over Lorient. Lyon have held on to qualify for the Europa League ahead of Marseille. Sochaux are relegated.
The whole PSG bench is up celebrating that fourth goal. Ending the season in style at the Parc des Princes.
GOAL! PSG 4-0 Montpellier - RABIOT! The game and season may be sown up, but it is done in style. Pastore pulling the strings, finds Coman whose shot is saved. The ball is sliding towards the net, but Rabiot makes sure with the tap-in.
Five minutes to go, and neither side are actually troubling each other. Much of the play is situated in the middle, with possession changing hands frequently. The effects of a long season are finally taking its toll!
Edging ever closer towards full-time at the Parc des Princes. Paris Saint-Germain will further extend their Ligue 1 points record. They'll be on 89 points, a strong showing in the 2013-14 season.
M'Baye Niang! It's wide. The on-loan AC Milan striker in his final game for Montpellier is in a fine position to score. He latches onto a pass from the right, but fires it wide despite pressure from Alex.
When the two sides met in the opening round of the Ligue 1 season back in early August, a frenetic game ended in a 1-1 draw. The same cannot be said for this evening, in what has largely been a comfortable road for les Parisiens.
Digne has been very good on the left-flank this evening, and he finds Menez who wins a corner after a prospective cross is turned behind. Can they make it four?
SUBSTITUTION - Montpellier: Joris Marveaux is on for Morgan Sanson.
Fine pass forward for Javier Pastore, towards Lucas Moura who cannot connect with the aerial ball. Too powerful for the Brazilian to latch onto.
Cabella turning Jallet inside out with some neat footwork, but the right-back does well to force Cabella onto his weaker foot. He does concede another corner, however.
GOALFLASH: Sochaux 0-3 Evian - And Evian's Ligue 1 status is secured. They are in an unassailable 3-0 lead. A surprising result given Sochaux's stunning form over the past two months.
Montpellier seeing a bit more action in the final third now, as play begins to open up. Niang challenges Jallet and picks out Cabella, who wins a corner off of Marquinhos.
GOALFLASH: Marseille 1-0 Guingamp; Lorient 1-3 Lille - Lille are in the Champions League as it stands, after two mistakes from Fabien Audard mean they are in a commanding position. Marseille are ahead thanks to Andre Ayew, but with Lyon still leading. The result is irrelevant in the Europa League push.
Furthermore, Lucas Moura has been handed the captain's armband for the final 25 minutes or so. Ibrahimovic has departed, and given the Brazilian winger the armband. A fine gesture.
Three changes all simultaneously from Laurent Blanc! Youngster Kingsley Coman makes an appearance at the Parc des Princes, wher an appearance would earn him a winner's medal later tonight.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ezequiel Lavezzi is replaced by Kingsley Coman.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Thiago Motta is off for Blaise Matuidi.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ibrahimovic is off, having been replaced by Jeremy Menez.
Geoffrey Jourdren is protesting to the referee about Ibrahimovic's actions. But the Swede walks off with a hand gesture that suggests that he believes Jourdren talks too much for his liking.
Ibrahimovic latches onto a pass from Rabiot, but he attempts to pick out Lavezzi in the middle. Instead, he changes track and opts for goal. Jourdren rushes out and claims the ball, but Ibrahimovic lands on top of him! The goalkeeper does not like it.
Jallet helps it on towards Moura, as PSG enter another attacking phase. Ibrahimovic positions himself well through the middle, but les Parisiens cannot find the Swede.
Pastore gives the ball away poorly, but Rabiot behind the Argentine, manages to reclaim the possession. Montpellier fighting hard in the middle, and they once more take control of the ball. Towards Cabella, but Digne is on top there.
Montpellier are hopelessly out of their depth here. Paris Saint-Germain matching them position for position on the field. Haven't even ventured forward in this second half.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Sochaux's stay in Ligue 1 looks to be coming to an end. They are 2-0 down to Evian in the winner takes all tie. The loser is relegated to Ligue 2.
PSG are good value for their lead here. Nowhere near their usual best, not even out of second gear, but they are sailing to a big lead. Surprising stuff at the Parc des Princes.
GOAL!! PSG 3-0 Montpellier - Lucas Moura! Fine goal from the champions, who treble their advantage. Fine movement, and Lucas is allowed space. He could pass to Ibrahimovic waiting in the middle, but he bamboozles the goalkeeper and fires into the goal.
Thiago Motta drives forward through the middle, and he is waving his team-mates along in order to get a couple of options to consider. Montpellier repel the hosts, and reclaim the ball.
SUBSTIUTION - Montpellier: Jamel Saihi is replaced by Anthony Mounier.
We are underway in the second half at the Parc des Princes. 45 minutes left in the Ligue 1 season!
HT: PSG 2-0 MHSC - half-time at the Parc. Goals from Lavezzi and Ibrahimovic put the champions in the driving seat, in what is a festive game ahead of tonight's trophy celebration. Montpellier have put up little resistance so far.
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Montpellier
A minute to go until the break. Montpellier have the ball in the PSG half. M'Baye Niang does well to hold up the pass for Jonas Martin, who cannot connect with the cross. Douchez picks up the loose ball.
In the other Ligue 1 fixtures: Lille have drawn level v Lorient. 1-1 thanks to Salomon Kalou. Saint-Etienne have doubled their lead against Ajaccio. As it stands, it is Sainte qualifying for the Champions League on goal difference.
LAVEZZI! PSG turning on the style here. Lucas embarks on another mazy run from the halfway line. The chance looks like it's gone, but the Brazilian gets away his shot. Saved by Jourdren, who spills the ball but Lavezzi's diving header is caught by the goalkeeper.
Montpellier captain Vitorino Hilton having a word with his goalkeeper Jourdren after another defensive breach. Can Montpellier turn the tide here? Or even steady the ship, first!
LAVEZZI! Pastore pulling the strings in midfield here. Lovely football from the Argentine. He picks out Lucas Digne with a fine pass. Digne with the good cross met by Lavezzi, who heads narrowly wide.
Ibrahimovic! The Swede takes the free-kick, but slams it way over the bar. A poor attempt from the talismanic striker.
Yellow CardVitorino Hilton da Silva
YELLOW CARD - Hilton: The Montpellier captain is booked for a rash challenge. Ibrahimovic over the resulting free-kick.
HILTON! Over the bar. Free-kick from Montpellier, played deep towards the far post. Congre and Hilton both go for it, but the captain makes the connection, but heads wide. Not troubling Douchez.
GOAL? NO! The ball is in the net, but the goal is ruled out for offside. Lovely pass from Pastore who is on fire tonight. Towards Lavezzi arriving on the left, but the Argentine is deemed to be offside. Replays suggest he was.
Completely mishit shot from Montpellier, and Paris Saint-Germain break at will, started from Marquinhos. The hosts get forward in numbers, and Montpellier are beginning to be caught out once again.
Chance for PSG through Adrien Rabiot, who sends the ball narrowly wide of Geoffrey Jourdren's goal. Past the half-hour mark at Parc des Princes, and PSG lead Montpellier 2-0.
In the other Ligue 1 fixtures, it remains Marseille 0-0 Guingamp. Steve Mandanda has been knocked out and substituted. The OM captain may have played his final game for the club. Lyon still lead in Nice, and still have the upper hand in the Europa League race.
Cabella with a superb through ball to resurrect the move for his side. Towards Niang who is drawn out wide by Alex, who positions well to intercept the pass. And it's back in PSG's favour, as they clear the ball.
Free-kick awarded to Montpellier after Pastore was deemed to have fouled Bocaly. Not sure there was much in that, but Montpellier surge forward in numbers.
Montpellier struggling to get close to the champions, who are holding their lead well. This fixture largely has a training ground feel to it, with nothing to play for. Montpellier, despite their low league standing, cannot get relegated.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Just can't connect on the overhead pass, which Montpellier are susceptible to at the moment. Thiago Motta supplies the pass for Ibrahimovic, who is forced wide by Jourdren.
GOALFLASH: Lorient 1-0 Lille; Saint-Etienne 1-0 Ajaccio - as it stands, SAINT-ETIENNE would qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Loic Perrin, named in France's World Cup preliminary squad has scored for ASSE. Jeremie Aliadiere has fired Lorient ahead against Lille.
Lovely strike from Ibrahimovic, who has hit his 41st goal of the season. PSG at total ease, not being troubled by the visitors at all. Two simple goals for the champions.
GOAL!! Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Montpellier. Lovely ball from Javier Pastore, who lifts the ball over Ibrahimovic, who does the rest, with a chip over Jourdren and into the net. Zlat is back!
Really slow tempo to the game, since PSG took the lead. But the Parisiens are settling into their usual passing rhythm, looking to force the opposition into a mistake.
Monaco, whom PSG beat to the title, are down 1-0 to Bordeaux in what is Claudio Ranieri and his opposite number Francis Gillot's final game in charge. The latter could be replaced by none other than Zinedine Zidane next season.
Montpellier pushing forward at the Parc des Princes. Stretching the hosts, with Cabella and Niang combining in the final third. They lead the possession count 49-51%.
Chance for Montpellier now. Free-kick drifted in by Daniel Congre towards M'Baye Niang, who doesn't get a clean connection with the aerial ball, under pressure from Thiago Motta.
LUCAS! OFF THE CROSSBAR! What a strike from the Brazilian, who picks up Jallet's pass and strikes goalwards. Jourdren rooted to the spot, and Montpellier survive!
Tame start to this fixture, as PSG sitting back, rather comfortable in possession of the ball. Jallet moves forward, looking to draw his side in creating opportunities.
GOALFLASH: Sochaux 0-1 Evian. In the winner takes all clash, Evian have drawn first blood, thanks to Daniel Wass - who is the top scoring defender in Ligue 1 with eight goals.
Nicholas Douchez, in the starting line-up ahead of Salvatore Sirgu, does well to nullify the Montpellier threat with a comfortable catch from a speculative ball in the box.
We have a goal in a key Ligue 1 fixture tonight. Lyon, whose coach Remi Garde announced his resignation this week, have taken the lead in Nice. A result which means Marseille will not qualify for the Europa League, whatever the result at Stade Velodrome.
PSG actually won the Ligue 1 title in their previous home game, which was a 1-0 defeat to Stade Rennes about 10 days ago. Les Parisiens however, weren't able to celebrate that night, due to the manner of their defeat.
PSG have started in the best possible way, in a fixture that really is building towards the festivities scheduled at the end of the game. Sanson moves forward, attempting to penetrate the PSG defence, but fails.
GOAL! PSG 1-0 Montpellier - LAVEZZI!! The Argentine strikes, having not even made the teamsheet - replacing Cavani who was withdrawn in the warm-up. PSG retain pressure, and Lavezzi pops up in the middle to dink the ball past Jourdren.
Remy Cabella's movement is kept in check by Paris Saint-Germain who surge ahead in the opposite direction through Lucas Moura. Ibrahimovic chips the ball into the middle, but Jourdren makes a decent save.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! We are underway in the final round of matches in the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season. The two previous champions get us started, with PSG attacking from right to left.
There will be the trophy celebration 10 minutes after the full-time whistle. It is a festive atmosphere in Paris, as the sides emerge to a smoke machine, and flags.
But the focus returns to the Parc des Princes as Paris Saint-Germain seek to close out a very successful season with victory against Montpellier. They will also receive the Ligue 1 title at the end of the match.
It may be the final day of another superb Ligue 1 season. But there is still a lot to be decided. Sochaux v Evian is the standout fixture in Journée 38, as the loser in that fixture is relegated. Saint-Etienne and Lille vie for the final UEFA Champions League spot. Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais vie for the final UEFA Europa League spot.
MONTPELLIER: Jourdren - Bocaly, Congre, Hilton (c) Tiene - Martin, Cabella, Sanson, Stambouli - Saihi, Niang.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Douchez - Marquinhos, Alex, Digne, Jallet - Thiago Motta, Rabiot, Pastore - Lucas, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic (c).
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
It is Remy Cabella's final game for Montpellier. The highly-rated attacking midfielder has chosen to depart at the end of the season. As to will young midfielder Benjamin Stambouli. Both helped MHSC win the Ligue 1 title two years ago.
Montpellier lumbered to safety in what has been a troubling Ligue 1 season. After dumping Jean Fernandez, the club have recovered thanks to Rolland Courbis. They held PSG to a 1-1 draw on the opening day back in August
Laurent Blanc makes four changes to the side which defeated Lille 3-1 last weekend. Nicolas Douchez replaces Salvatore Sirigu in goal, while in front of him Christophe Jallet comes in for Zoumana Camara, meaning Marquinhos moves into the centre of defence. Marco Verratti and Yohan Cabaye are not in the matchday squad, with Thiago Motta and Ezequiel Lavezzi replacing them.
Hello and welcome to this evening's LIVE play-by-play commentary on the final day of Ligue 1! Paris Saint-Germain have already been crowned as champions for the second successive year, while Montpellier, who lifted the title in the 2011-12 season, have narrowly avoided relegation this term. The pair go head-to-head at Parc des Princes tonight.
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