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Ligue 1

  • August 16, 2014
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: A. Delerue
  • • Attendance: 45258
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  • A routine victory then for PSG as they kicked off their home campaign with a win. I've been Kyle Hancox and thanks for joining our live commentary of today's game. I hope you have enjoyed the action, goodbye.
  • PSG move on to four points after the first two games as they go in search of a third successive Ligue 1 title. Up next for them is trip to Evian on Friday. For Makelele and his Bastia side it's a home game against Toulouse, where they will be looking to get their first win of the season.
  • That's it from the Parc des Princes and a 2-0 win for the champions in their first home game of the season. It was a routine victory for a PSG side that were rarely tested by Bastia. A first half goal from Lucas and a second from Cavani after the break were enough to ensure the three points remained in Paris.
  • 90' + 3'
    FULL TIME: PSG 2-0 SC BASTIA
  • 90' + 2'
    Palmieri gets two bites of the cherry but is unable to deliver a good cross. His first effort is cleared on the edge of the box and his second is collected comfortably by Sirigu.
  • 90'
    Three minutes of added time at the end of this match. PSG once again controlling possession as this game seems a formality heading into the final minutes.
  • 88'
    Cabaye tries his luck with an effort from distance but it's straight at Areola. Down the other end and a great recovering challenge by Luiz stops Maboulou as he shaped to shoot.
  • 86'
    Digne finding space once again down the left. He beats his man and delivers a cross that Cavani is inches away from connecting with. The ball ends up at the feet of the Uruguyan again but he drags his effort wide from the edge of the box.
  • 84'
    Boudebouz wins his side a corner but it is cleared and PSG break quickly. Lavezzi tries to find the marauding David Luiz but Areola gets down at the defender's feet to collect the ball.
  • 82'
    Cabaye's effort is blocked by the wall and PSG regain possession. Verratti tries to pick out Lavezzi with a ball over the top but it was a little over hit.
  • 80'
    Cabaye with a half chance as he jinks past one defender and tries to get a shot away but it is blocked by Modesto. Free kick to PSG as Verratti is brought down.
  • 78'
    Substitution El Hadji Ba François Kamano
  • 78'
    Yohan Cabaye has replaced Lucas to add some fresh legs in the midfield. He has looked to influence the game straight away, getting on the ball and showing his range of passing out to either flank.
  • 77'
    Substitution Lucas Yohan Cabaye
  • 76'
    A chance for PSG as Pastore is fouled. Cavani steps up to take the free kick but it's a comfortable save for the goalkeeper.
  • 74'
    Neither team really creating anything of note in the last couple of minutes. PSG continue to control the ball but haven't opened up the Bastia defence.
  • 72'
    Substitution Brandao Joao Rodriguez
  • 72'
    Makelele brings on Chelsea loanee Joao Rodriguez as he tries to find a way back in to this game, but PSG look in complete control and with just over 15 minutes left it's hard to see the home side throwing it away.
  • 70'
    David Luiz again steps in to end a possible Bastia attack. A hopeful ball was hit looking for the isolated Brandao but Luiz is able to take it on his chest and change defence in to attack.
  • 68'
    Both full backs are seeing a lot of the ball for PSG. Aurier puts in a cross that goes all the way to Digne who tries to find Lavezzi with a low ball, however the striker is unable to get a good enough contact and the danger is cleared.
  • 66'
    Bastia work the ball out wide to Palmieri who put in a cross but his delivery is blocked by his team mate. At the other end Cavani almost connects with a cross but Modesto did enough to put him off.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Romaric
  • 64'
    David Luiz hasn't had the most pressing of afternoon's on his debut and he does well again when called upon to stop Ayite from advancing down the right.
  • 62'
    Good play from Pastore as he wriggles away from two defenders to fire a low ball across the box, however the defender does well to avoid the danger and stop Cavani from getting his second of the game.
  • 61'
    Substitution Floyd Ayité Gadji Tallo
  • 60'
    PSG are looking dominant now and are making the visitors chase shadows as they move the ball all over the field.
  • 58'
    That second goal may just spell the end of Bastia's chances today. With PSG looking comfortable from the start it is hard to see where two goals will come from. The home side continue to control the game with their quick passing.
  • 57'
    Assist Marco Verratti
  • 57'
    Goal Edinson Cavani
    A quick free kick is taken by Marco Verratti who seeks out Cavani with a high ball. The Uruguayan takes it down on his chest and slots it into the corner to double the home side's lead and put them on course for their first league win this season.
  • 57'
    GOAL CAVANI!!!! 2-0 PSG!!!!
  • 55'
    Will PSG live to regret these missed chances? The game should be over by now but the score remains 1-0
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Floyd Ayité
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Thiago Motta
  • 53'
    CHANCE FOR LUCAS!!! A through-ball is played to Lucas who finds himself one-on-one with the keeper. He tries to lift the ball over the advancing stopper but can only put it wide.
  • 51'
    A couple of moments where Bastia could have broken on PSG through Ayite and Boudebouz, but have been unable to make the most of their situations. Not enough bodies committed towards attacks and the home side have the defensive numbers to deal with the threat.
  • 49'
    Corner to Bastia, taken by Ayite, is cleared by the home side but the ball comes back with Gillet who tries a chip over the defence but Modesto is in an offside position.
  • 47'
    PSG have started the second half in the same way, controlling the midfield. The ball deflects off a tackle and nearly runs through for Lavezzi but Areola is off his line quickly to clear.
  • 46'
    Substitution Gregory van der Wiel Serge Aurier
  • 45'
    The players are back out for the second half with PSG making one change. Van der Wiel is replaced by Serge Aurier. The home side get the game back under way.
  • One worry for the former France manager will be the injury to star man and today's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His 41 goals in all competitions last season were vital to the Parisian's as they completed a league and cup double and Blanc will be hoping the injury is nothing too serious.
  • Laurent Blanc will be happy with what he saw from his side during that first half. The home side always looked in control and were rarely threaten by Bastia. Lucas took his goal well to open the scoring in the 26th minute and since then it's been all PSG as they have gone in search of a second. Bastia have had a few moments on the counter but Sirigu was alert when called in to action and the defence have held strong.
  • HALF TIME: PSG 1-0 SC BASTIA
  • 45' + 2'
    Ayite's run at the PSG defence opens up some space that Bastia have been unable to find throughout this first half, however the attack comes to nothing and PSG can clear their lines. That's it for the first half as the referee calls for half time.
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half as PSG continue to press. Some nice one touch stuff by the team in blue comes to nothing is Cavani is flagged offside.
  • 44'
    Lavezzi picks out Cavani with a cross and the Argentine tries to head it in to the path of Lucas but Areola is off his line quickly to make the ball his.
  • 43'
    Bastia are still not offering much in terms of attack with PSG having the lion's share of possession but with the score still only 1-0 there is hope for the visitors.
  • 43'
    Bastia are still not offering much in terms of attack with PSG having the lion's share of possession but with the score still only 1-0 there is hope for the visitors.
  • 40'
    Bastia press forward looking for a way back in to the game and the ball drops to Ryad Boudebouz, who tries to curl his effort into the top corner. He only succeeds in hitting it high and wide.
  • 39'
    Chance spurned by Lavezzi. Lucas shows a couple a step-overs and chips a ball to Cavani at the back post who heads it down to the Argentine, but he blazes his effort wildly over the bar. PSG pressing for the second now.
  • 37'
    SAVE BY AREOLA!!! The ball is worked across the box by PSG and Cavani finds Digne in some space. The defender fires a left footed effort the is parried behind by the PSG loanee. The corner comes to nothing.
  • 35'
    PSG are beginning to knock the ball around with more pace and confidence as they continue to grow into this game. However the chance of a break materialised as Christopher Maboulou played through Ayite, but Sirigu was off his line quickly to calm the danger.
  • 34'
    Boudebouz recieved the ball and ran at Digne, he tried to pick out Brandao at the back post but it was just out of the striker's reach and the ball trickled out harmlessly for a goal kick.
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Brandao
  • 31'
    The referee gets his book out for the first time in the match and shows Brandao a yellow card for a foul on Digne. The home side are looking increasingly dominant following the opening goal.
  • 28'
    PSG almost go through again. Lavezzi runs at the heart of Bastia and slides the ball through to Cavani, who looks to round the goalkeeper, but was stopped in his tracks by the assistant's flag.
  • 26'
    Assist Gregory van der Wiel
  • 26'
    Goal Lucas
    PSG knocked the ball around without any real threat until Van der Wiel picks out Lucas with a fantastic cross field ball. The wide man finished first time with a cool volley to open his account for the season
  • 26'
    GOAL TO PSG!!!! 1-0
  • 23'
    PSG are having trouble keeping hold of the ball. Some good pressure in the midfield by Bastia had led the home side in to the rushing their passes. Bastia have their first meaningful chance as Modesto delivers a ball from the right but Brandao can only head wide.
  • 20'
    Both teams are trying to get the ball down and play football but the passing has been a bit wayward so far. Bastia get the chance to deliver a threatening ball as Ba is fouled by Motta. Once again the cross is easily collected by Sirigu.
  • 18'
    Lucas Digne gets forward from left-back and tries a one-two with Cavani. Mathieu Peybernes reads the play well to cover and plays the ball off Digne for a goal kick.
  • 16'
    Substitution Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • 16'
    That is the end of Ibrahimovic's afternoon. The Swedish international was unable shake off his problem and is replaced Ezequiel Lavezzi. The captain's armband goes to Thiago Motta. Meanwhile, Floyd Ayite gets into a threatening position for Bastia but is unable to deliver a cross as David Luiz tackles.
  • 14'
    Javier Pastore runs at the Bastia defence and picks out Edinson Cavani, who's pull back is unable to find Pastore and Bastia clear the ball away. PSG continuing to control the pace of the game.
  • 12'
    PSG try and build an attack down the right hand side with Gregory Van der Wiel seeking out Lucas but the wide man gives away a free-kick. Ibrahimovic still doesn't look his usual self after he went down clutching his hip.
  • 9'
    Bastia enjoy their first real spell of possession in the match. No real threat from the visitors but they have been able to keep PSG off the ball. Maboulou stands over a free-kick and delivers but it's straight into the arms of Salvatore Sirigu
  • 7'
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic picks up the ball in the middle of the park and tries to turn El Hadji Ba, only to fall to the ground holding his hip. The crowd applauds their captain as he gets to his feet and hobbles to sideline. A few nervous looks from the bench as Zlatan still doesn't look 100%.
  • 5'
    Chance for PSG. Lucas cuts the ball back for Edinson Cavani but his effort at goal is charged down for a corner. Thiago Motta takes the corner but Bastia are able to clear their lines.
  • 3'
    An early free-kick for the home side. Lucas delivers the cross but Alphonse Areola is able to punch the ball away. PSG continue to enjoy the majority of possession early on, without breaking through their opponents as of yet.
  • 1'
    The referee blows his whistle and Bastia get the game underway, kicking from right to left.
  • The crowd are in full voice, the players are in the tunnel as kick-off approaches. The defending champions will hoping to get off to a good start in front of their home fans. Having dropped points in the opening weekend it will be important for the Parisians to get a win on the board today as go after a third successive Ligue 1 title.
  • PSG will be confident of taking all three points from this game having beaten their opponents in the last eight meetings between the two sides. Last season enjoying 3-0 and 4-0 victories. The last time Bastia beat PSG was back in 2003, with a 1-0 win, and they have never taken three points away from the capital. Makelele, who was assistant at PSG last season, will be hoping today is the day that all changes.
  • Former PSG captain and France international Claude Makelele makes three changes to the side that started the 3-3 draw against Marseille. In come Mathieu Peybernes, Francois Modesto, El Hadji Ba for Drissa Diakite, Sebastien Squillaci and Yannick Cahuzac. Keeper Alphonse Areola, who is on-loan from PSG, makes his second appearance for the club.
  • Laurent Blanc makes just one change from the side that started the season with a 2-2 draw at Stade Reims. New £50million signing David Luiz makes his competitive debut, after signing from Chelsea in the summer, replacing Thiago Silva, who is out with a hamstring injury. Last season’s top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts upfront and will want to continue his good form after a brace in the season opener. Maxwell, Blaise Matuidi, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Yohan Cabaye all return to the subs bench having missed the game last week.
  • PSG (4-3-3): Sirigu; Van der Weil, Marquinhos, Luiz, Digne; Motta, Verratti, Pastore; Lucas, Ibrahimovic, Cavani Subs: Douchez, Maxwell, Matuidi, Lavezzi, Aurier, Baheback, Cabaye Bastia (4-3-3): Areola; Palmieri, Romaric, Modesto, Peybernes; Ba, Gillet, Maboulou, Boudebouz, Ayite; Brandao Subs: Vincensini, Tallo, Kikabidze, Kamano, Rodriguez, Achilli, Gillet