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UEFA Champions League
November 6, 2012
• 2:45 PM
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: P. Gil
• Attendance: 41060
B. Matuidi 61'
J. Ménez 65'
G. Hoarau 80'
90' + 3'
FT: PSG 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb - DINAMO ZAGREB ARE OUT!
90' + 2'
Yellow CardAdrien Rabiot
90' + 2'
Vrsaljko and Halilovic combine possession, but this one was over a long time ago, winding down towards the FT whistle. Adrien Rabiot is booked for a crude challenge meanwhile.
Into three added minutes in Paris, as Ibrahimovic rolls the ball past the goalkeeper, but Puljic is on hand to heroically clear. Could've been five.
Ibrahimovic is running on clear, as he holds off Domagoj Vida and begins to round the goalkeeper, before the defender races back to deny the Swede what would be the icing on the cake.
Lovely moment as 16-year-old Alen Halilovic comes on to replace Kovacic for the last couple of minutes. He's made an impact, firing from outside the area with Alex providing the block.
Ibrahimovic has been resurgent in the second half - a testament to the club as well. Three assists in a very productive period. The Croatians have dazed off as of late. They'll be exiting soon.
GOOAAL! PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN ARE 4-0 UP! Superb movement by Matuidi who sets Ibrahimovic through. The Swede actually fell and slipped, but still managed to divert the ball into the path of substitute Hoarau, and it's a tap-in! 4-0!
IBRAHIMOVIC! Just over the bar. Dipping effort, and it's gone narrowly over Kelava's woodwork.
Yellow CardDomagoj Vida
Domagoj Vida is booked for a bad challenge on Matuidi, and it earns him the second booking of the game. Free-kick, and it's Ibrahimovic who will take this.
Substitution for PSG: Jeremy Menez is off to a round of applause as he departs and is replaced by Guillaume Hoarau. Ancelotti meanwhile looks a bit content with their performance.
Ibrahimovic unluckily found in an offside position, as Sammir is penalised for a petty foul on goalscorer Menez. Quarter of an hour to go in Paris.
This game looks pretty much over as the sides slow down the tempo. Adrian Callelo is on for Ante Rukavina
Menez in for his second, and PSG's fourth, but the winger can't exactly hold off the defensive pressure and manage an attempt against the goalkeeper.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Fantastic, but unable to get the ball past Kelava. He invites the challenge of Vida, and fires a shot from distance and outside of his right boot, but Kelaa has it in his clutches.
Substitution by PSG - its Ezequiel Lavezzi who is off for Javier Pastore.
Unbelievable pass from Ibrahimovic - he is a changed man in this second half. Not usually active, he's pushed further up and has notched up two assists in minutes. Ibra-tastic!
GOOAALL! PSG MAKE IT 3-0! Quickfire double as Menez scores his second against Zagreb in two weeks. Great pass from Ibrahimovic as Menez cuts in past the defender,and past Puljic as he fires past Kelava.
Dinamo have a corner, as Alex blocks a shot. They've been unlucky, but as Sammir takes the corner, it's easily cleared and PSG are on the break here....
Substitution by Dinamo Zagreb, as Josip Simunic goes off for Duje Cop, as the Croatian side add another striker in the hope for an unlikely turnaround.
PSG home and dry, and they've not even broken a sweat, but the fans are still booing in the capital! Great Ibrahimovic pass, he turns out two defenders before finding the midfielder.
GOOALL!! PSG MAKE IT 2-0! The French side are cruising now, as the Croatians look likely to exit the competition now. Great run by Maxwell, feeding Ibrahimovic, who supplies a fine pass towards Matuidi, and it's a fine finish past Kelava.
RUKAVINA! That was a chance. A fantastic chance for the Croatians to equalise, and it's gone. Sime Vrsaljko has enjoyed a productive evening so far, and his whipped in cross into Ante Rukavina sees the latter head over.
The Croatians are in the opposition box as Sammir plays the ball down the left flank. He is hounded out of position by Alex who after drawing him to the touch-line, deflects the ball out. Great defending, and it also earns a thumbs-up from Thiago Silva!
Decent passage as Ibrahimovic attempts an unsuccessful shot at Kelava's goal before Lavezzi is adjudged to be in an offside position. Meanwhile, it's Dinamo who are on the break.
GOAL?! NO! It's offside. Oh, it's just a yard too as Marco Verratti slides in a pass towards Menez. It takes in a deflection off Simunic, as Menez taps it in, but the Polish linesman chalks it off.
A look at Goal.com's MatchCentre and it shows - aside from the number of shots - possession, passing, pass completion are all nearly the same. Nothing to separate these two, despite of course, Alex's goal.
MATUIDI! Just wide. Another good chance by Ancelotti's side as the midfielder curls in from 25 metres out, and it whisks away from Kelava's goal.
Two great phases of play from both sides as firstly, Vida creates a superb slide tackle to check Maxwell's progress on the flank, before Jallet latches onto Ibrahimovic's pass and glides past three players before heading towards Matuidi.
Rabiot races forward to pick out Ibrahimovic, but Simunic hurriedly passes back to the goalkeeper Kelava, who clears accordingly.
Mohamed Lamine Sissoko
Marco Verratti comes on for Mohamed Sissoko who I suspect is a little groggy after his collision with Domagoj Vida in the first half.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! And we have a substitution to bring you concerning the hosts.
The sides are back on the pitch. Dinamo have 45 minutes to save their Champions League dream, whilst PSG need more goals to convince their fans.
PSG booed off at the break, despite their interval lead. Dinamo have been the better side, but unable to negotiate a resolute back-line, as Sammir and Rukavina look isolated. For PSG, they are far too relaxed, and need focus in the second half if they are to get the job done - and convincingly. Join me again in 15 minutes.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: PSG 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Alex 16')
45' + 1'
Ibrahimovic miles offside as he connects with a Sissoko lofted ball in the penalty box, but that's half-time surely.
Yellow CardArijan Ademi
Poor ball from Brozovic as Dinamo make good progress, and a poor pass from the midfielder goes absolutely nowhere despite Vrsaljko offering an option out wide.
Sammir has been the force in many of Dinamo Zagreb's attacks in this first half, as he holds play to invite Vrsaljko forward. The ball is returned, but they eventually lose possession disappointingly.
Ademi is penalised for a foul on Ezequiel Lavezzi, and the hosts are awarded a free-kick. Almost half-time here at the Parc des Princes, and it's PSG 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb.
Bit of an end-to-end cycle here as Ivan Kelava is forced to save using his feet to deny Lavezzi's pass finding Ibrahimovic - whilst at the other end. Vrsaljko's deep pass from the right is picked off by Maxwell who clears.
It's Domagoj Vida and Mohamed Sissoko who have collided onto each other. Sissoko requires a few bandages there, but both are set to continue as PSG offer the ball back
THIAGO SILVA! Almost 2-0, and his header from a corner meets Kelava who saves the ball with an unconventional shape. There is concern however, as two players have collided into each other.
PSG have a free-kick as Maxwell is fouled by 18-year-old Mateo Kovacic. Ibrahimovic is over this, 35 metres out, and it strikes the wall, particularly Ademi.
Remember, there are 0 Dinamo fans present after Croatian fans were banned from attending. Nevertheless, there were incidents in the capital last night, and upto 80 fans have been arrested. The atmosphere inside the stadium is a friendly one, though.
Ibrahimovic successfully once more gets the better of the defenders, as his perfect control finds Lavezzi in space on the wing. The Argentine crosses first-time, and finds Sissoko at the far side, as Pivaric gets in position to thwart the Malian.
It certainly appears that the hosts are playing with a little bit of arrogance giving the supposed quality of the opposition on paper, but Dinamo have made a good account on themselves, as Lavezzi's sloppy pass is once more punished.
Dinamo suffering a little at the minute as they attempt to penetrate a solid Parisian back four. The hosts are holding the ball a little more, compared to their poor showing 20 minutes ago.
LAVEZZI! Into the side netting! Almost the first CL goal for his new club. The Argentine once more links up with Ibrahimovic, as he meanders his way round the defence and fires a tame shot into the side of the goal. A bit more accuracy, and that would've been in.
SAMMIR! Not bad from the Brazilian as he shoots first-time outside the box with Rukavina's pass in his path. Shot with power, it harmlessly goes over Salvatore Sirigu's bar.
Half-chance for PSG as Ibrahimovic uses his immense strength to hold off Puljic, before finding Lavezzi in which Vida hurriedly issues a last-gasp tackle. Could've been worse had that interception not been made.
Great interception by Domagoj Vida who blocks out Christophe Jallet's progress. The Croatian defender was last month fined a quarter of his annual wage for opening a can of beer on the team bus.
Ouch! Rukavina in a bit of pain as he pulls a muscle after challenging Blaise Matuidi for a loose ball in the midfield. He'll require some medical attention.
RABIOT! Oh, just over the bar. The 17-year-old former Man City graduate latches onto a cut-back pass from Sissoko, and initially gets past Vrsaljko, but the young midfielder scythes his ball over.
Rabiot is fouled by Ademi, and PSG quickly move on towards stringing another attack. They're in the ascendancy now, as Lavezzi attempts to create an opening.
Great determination by Lavezzi who latches onto Menez's pass, and keeps it in by diving to the touch-line. Menez attempts to pick out Ibrahimovic lurking on the edge of the area, but Vida has it over.
Christophe Jallet is reprimanded for a tackle on Josip Pivaric as the Croatian side rally in the capital. Simunic launches a long pass, but Thiago Silva helps it on towards his goalkeeper.
In fact, Dinamo are the only side in the UEFA Champions League to not register a goal so far in the group stage. As it stands, they will be going out this evening.
How will Dinamo respond? They've been the better team so far, but still have gone behind after Alex beat Ivan Kelava at his near post. Ante Cacic's men must respond or risk an exit.
GOOAAL!! PSG TAKE THE LEAD! Totally against the run of play, you may argue, but PSG have their breakthrough. From the corner, it's helped on by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it's ALEX who fires in from the half-volley. Great goal.
MENEZ! Ah, it's just taken away from him by Puljic who has a superb tackle in him to deny the Frenchman, and PSG have a corner here. Can they make it count to appease their fans?
And now it's PSG who attempt to threaten, they've been in a bit of a lull. Ezequiel Lavezzi holds off Vida as he threads a through ball using the outside of his left foot to find Menez, who is onside - but one heavy touch takes it away from him and towards the goalkeeper.
The hosts are just not managing to control the ball and dictate play, as they have done in their last few games. A speculative cross towards Sissoko in the box easily goes behind for a goal-kick.
Great by Zagreb who are actually the better team of the moment as PSG look disjointed and unspirited at the moment. Matuidi is fouled by Kovacic, and the French side have a reprieve here.
PIVARIC! Oh my, that was CLOSE! Fantastic surge by Sammir who holds off a number of half-hearted challenges to find the number 19 on the left. He fires in a low shot from the left which whistles past Sirigu's post.
Cast your mind back to PSG's league defeat to Saint-Etienne, as the Parisian side's defensive frailties began to show. Can Dinamo impact on that this evening? They've looked rather suspect in the early stages.
Alex! Oh dear me, very sloppy play from the Brazilian there. The defender is caught in possession as Brozovic hounds down the defender and slips for a deflection. Alex is subsequently forced to whip the ball out of play.
Boos early on from the hosts fans as Dinamo maintain possession by attacking on the flank. An overhit cross by Brozovic is cleared over Sirigu's goal. Poor movement, when he had the options.
Lavezzi on the ball now, as he sprays a past towards Ibrahimovic who embarks on a surging run. Rabiot attempts to break on the left, but the Dinamo defender is ahead of him.
Yellow card for Ademi, for repeated fouling as we enter first-half stoppage time. TWO ADDED MINUTES.
Good movement by Menez who dinks his way past Vrsaljko as Dinamo maintain their 5-3-2 setting. Cross is over-hit, and easily dealt with by Simunic.
It's a tough ask if Dinamo are to achieve their result, which would arguably be the shock of the round. They've only won one of their last seven games in France - last year they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Lyon.
Poorly timed challenge as Josip Pivaric lunges in on Jeremy Menez. Free-kick delivery by Menez is decent enough, as Alex rises above Vida, and it flies out.
Good start from the hosts, who instantly look to make an impact as Menez connects with the ball in the opposition box. Dinamo looking a little odd in their gold away shirts I must say.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! A tough 90 minutes for Dinamo Zagreb where they face Champions League elimination if they suffer defeat this evening.
Here we go with the UEFA Champions League anthem and a cacophony of noise over the Parc des Princes. Kick-off imminent.
The teams are in the dressing room, and looking rather cordial as Lavezzi and Ibrahimovic share a joke.
Tonight's referee is Pawel Gil from Poland. Kick-off in under 10 minutes, why not send me a tweet while you are waiting? Send me your messages to @mohammedali_93.
TEAM NEWS: Ezequiel Lavezzi is handed a start after a month sidelined with a hamstring injury. Blaise Matuidi also starts despite suffering from a knock at the weekend, whilst Mohamed Sissoko is preferred to Marco Verratti. For Dinamo, Sammir shrugs off a knock to start, with Alen Halilovic named among the bench, as are strikers Beqiraj and Cop in favour of Brozovic and Rukavina.
PSG: Sirigu, Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Jallet, Sissoko, Ménez, Matuidi, Rabiot, Lavezzi, Ibrahimović SUBS: Douchez, Camara, Van der Wiel, Verratti, Pastore, Hoarau.
DINAMO ZAGREB: Kelava, Puljić, Šimunić, Vrsaljko, Vida, Ademi, Kovačić, Sammir, Pivarić, Brozović, Rukavina SUBS Mitrović, Ibáñez, Calello, Alispahić, Halilović, Beqiraj, Čop.
CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
Statistics your thing? Feast your eyes on this: PSG have lost none of their last 18 European games on home soil, winning 11 and drawing seven. Dinamo Zagreb have lost their last five away games in European competition, failing to score in four of them. Zagreb have won none of their last seven away games in the Champions League (D2 L5), failing to score in five of those games. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored six goals in his last seven Champions League Group Stage games.
Meanwhile, Ante Cacic is upbeat about his side's chances against les Parisiens: "We are obviously not the favourites, but we haven't come here as tourists – we will give our all, and since this is football, anything's possible. I think we have learned from our loss in Zagreb. PSG are a great team who play in a big league and have played plenty of European matches. They have a lot more experience than us, but winning here is not impossible, as we are extremely motivated."
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti is hoping for a better team performance as they seek the three points: "We haven't played outstanding football so far this season, but we have played very well at times. We reached some kind of balance, and that's where the results come from. What's important now is to display more continuity. We have won nine out of our 12 fixtures so the results are here, even if the quality of our football isn't incredible."
In tonight's other game in Group A - FC Porto travel to Ukraine to take on Dinamo Kiev, where a win will assure them a place in the last 16. You can follow that match elsewhere on Goal.com this evening.
ndeed, it hasn't all worked out for Ante Cacic and Dinamo either. Three consecutive 2-0 defeats in Europe has meant that if Dinamo do not spring a shock win tonight, then their time in the competition comes to an end. They boast two great up and coming talents in their ranks, in 16-year-old Alen Halilovic and 18-year-old Mateo Kovacic.
Paris Saint-Germain continue to play catch-up in Group A after their matchday two defeat to FC Porto, and tonight, they can at least seal third place with a win over the struggling Croatian side. PSG beat Zagreb 2-0 two weeks ago at Maksimir, and will hope to finish the job this evening. They have a point to prove after a shock 1-2 defeat to Saint-Etienne in the league on Saturday, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic seeing red.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's encounter. Feel free to send me your messages, comments, musings and opinion throughout via three ways. Firstly, take advantage of the new Goal.com Match Centre. Send in your comments in the all-new chatbox to the right, and interact with fellow football aficionados. Also, send us your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. Brilliant
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! UEFA Champions League coverage. Tonight sees Paris Saint-Germain host Croatian champions GNK Dinamo Zagreb in Group A at the Parc des Princes in the French capital. Team news to come.
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