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March 2, 2014
• 3:00 PM
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: R. Buquet
• Attendance: 45483
E. Cavani 79'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: PSG 2-0 Marseille.
90' + 2'
CAVANI! He's put the ball into the net, but that's been disallowed. Marginally offside.
90' + 1'
AYEW! Over the bar. A rare chance for the Ghana international, as he heads that one close. Sirigu watches it over and it lands on the roof of the bar.
THREE minutes added on at the end of the second half.
All showboating for the Ligue 1 champions as Motta fires another one over the bar. PSG are gaining on the title, whilst Marseille - who, let's be honest didn't expect much tonight - are six points off a Champions League spot.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Could've been the cherry on top in what has been a glorious night for the champions. Ibra in the spot to hit one past Mandanda, but he fires it over.
PAYET!! Marseille's best chance of the game so far. Corner drifted in from the right, connected with Payet who powers his header off the post and out by Verratti's clearance.
PSG's football being met with the OLEs it so deserves. Really celebratory mood for the champions who will open up an eight point lead at the top of the table.
This will be Marseille's fourth 2-0 defeat out of the last five clasicos. All four of those coming at the Parc des Princes. Marseille have offered little, and PSG lead deservedly.
Assist Gregory van der Wiel
Goal Edinson Cavani
GOAL! PSG 2-0 Marseille. That shuts this one out. Marseille will go a seventh Clasico without a win. Cavani with a stunning header past Steve Mandanda. A rocket.
Gignac tries one from distance, and he skies it well over the stadium roof and out onto the Porte de Saint Cloud with that wayward effort. Draws a laugh from Edgar Davids and Nicolas Sarkozy in the stands.
Yellow Card Rod Fanni
YELLOW CARD - Rod Fanni, the right-back, who earlier cleared off the line from Lucas Moura, gets Marseille's third booking of the game.
Marseille still on the ball, but still being unable to do much about it. Through Ayew on the right, and the cross into the box. Thiago Silva and Alex maintaining a tight ship at the back.
Horrific shot from Imbula, but he's managed to deck Alex, who goes to ground after feeling the full force of that effort. Still Marseille, this is their period.
Marseille have the ball in the opponent's half as Ayew and Payet combine outside the area. A lot of bodies between them and the goal, and unable to get the shot away.
SUBSTITUTION: First change from PSG! Edinson Cavani comes on for Ezequiel Lavezzi. His first appearance in a month.
Marseille's defence has been ripped open again. Ibrahimovic in the middle, with acres of space to his right, space being occupied by Gregory van der Wiel. But it's a fine tackle from Morel
Yellow Card Lucas
Interim coach Anigo screams furiously on the touchline as he roars Marseille back into contention. As long as they're 1-0 down, they have a chance one expects. But they've really not threatened in this second half.
YELLOW CARD - Lucas Mendes. The second booking for Marseille after the Brazilian defender lays a hand on Lavezzi. Free-kick PSG, Ibrahimovic over it, and blocked by the wall.
Sloppy moment from the champions allows Marseille back into it briefly. Valbuena is then dispossessed, before Morel regains the ball. Ayew draws the foul from Marco Verratti.
Payet crowded out on the edge of the area by an ever dynamic Matuidi. PSG counter with pace, finding Lucas on the right, but the cross finds Mandanda.
Maxwell with a neat build-up, attacking on the left. A really dominant game from him, along with Lucas Moura. Gets the ball towards Ibrahimovic, and that is offside.
Should PSG win this, and they are 1-0 up on the hour mark, it would put them 8 points ahead of AS Monaco with 11 to play. You'd think that they are six victories away from the Ligue 1 title.
SUBSTITUTION: Marseille - First change of the night from Jose Anigo. Florian Thauvin comes off, replaced by Giannelli Imbula.
Looks like Marseille will bring on Giannelli Imbula to shore up a flagging Marseille midfield. Meanwhile, Matuidi drives the ball out of play.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Wide. What a build-up. PSG all over Marseille. Ibrahimovic puts it through the legs of Morel, towards Moura. Romao gets a deflection out for a corner. But the referee awards a goal-kick.
What can Marseille do? Deservedly behind, and really not offering anything in front. Gignac, so often the saviour for OM has been invisible tonight.
Corner to Marseille as they attempt to issue a response. Ayew strikes, with Payet nearby. Shot deflected, but the two embrace and celebrate weirdly. Corner wasted, flapped at by Sirigu.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! PSG 1-0 Marseille - Maxwell. Third time this season he's netted, second against Marseille. Lovely pass from Ibrahimovic, but controversy in the build-up as Ayew is fouled, and the referee waves play on. PSG punish.
Yellow Card Lucas
YELLOW CARD - Lucas Moura: Third booking for the hosts, as Moura goes in late on Romao. He might be shaking his head, but that was a correct decision
PSG slip into their passing rhythm, necessarily reducing the tempo and drawing Marseille out of their positions. Do Marseille have the discipline to repel?
PSG already asserting themselves in the early exchanges of the second half, as Rod Fanni and captain Mandanda both clear away from their goals.
UNDERWAY in the second half. Marseille, in their change strip of light blue attacking from right to left.
The sides are out for the second half at the Parc des Princes. What can we expect?
HT: PSG 0-0 MAR - What a half! An electrifying 45 minutes of football in the Classique. We've had a howler from Lavezzi, almost the goal of the season from Lucas Moura, and everything in between. Marseille have done superbly to maintain a clean sheet, but how long will that go on for? It's 0-0 at the break.
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
IBRAHIMOVIC!! Wide! Marseille are almost exposed by a slip by N'Koulou. Lavezzi powers forward, and finds Ibrahimovic in the centre. He heads narrowly wide. Marseille living a charmed life.
Yellow Card Blaise Matuidi
YELLOW CARD - Blaise Matuidi. Tempers boiling over here. N'Koulou is upended by Matuidi, and that is a rough challenge. Deserves that booking, as Marseille attempt to see out the half.
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
Free-kick wasted by Marseille, as Lucas Moura plays a magnificent pass to release Matuidi on the counter. Matuidi goes down, but Marseille get the free-kick! A stroke of luck there.
YELLOW CARD - Motta: Again, it's been on Valbuena. The Marseille winger goes down under a ferocious challenge. Free-kick to the visitors. Can they make this count?
Moura's scintillating game continues. He is released on the right by Lavezzi, and attempts to reciprocate the favour. Delivers a teasing cross, but Lavezzi cannot control it as Marseille clear.
Marseille last won here in February 2010, which was their biggest victory at this stadium - 3-0, including a goal from Hatem Ben Arfa. Without a win since in the capital.
Marseille really floundering here. With just one defensive midfielder, and four offensive players - it simply isn't working as another long ball forward is claimed by Mandanda.
Corner to PSG as Ibrahimovic attempts to fashion an opening, and it's wonderfully blocked by Lucas Mendes. Corner poor from PSG, headed away by Fanni, before Lucas Moura's resultant shot is saved.
PSG are leading the possession count, 61% to Marseille's 39%. Long ball forward from Motta towards Ibrahimovc - though he was offside. Flag stayed down, and Mandanda claims.
Marseille threaten intermittently. Thauvin down the right, and he locates Gignac on the edge of the area, but the big striker can't control that, and it's gone past him.
Dimitri Payet receives the first yellow card of the game for a late challenge.
Yellow Card Dimitri Payet
Free-kick to PSG at the edge of the area. Alex over it, so is Ibrahimovic. But he'll be swinging this in to the edge of the area. Wasn't great, and headed away by Andre Ayew.
Lucas Moura has had a scintillating start to the Clasico, as we approach the half hour mark. Gignac meanwhile is reprimanded over a challenge against Maxwell.
VALBUENA!! A great chance for Marseille. Thauvin releases the 29 year old on the edge of the area, and he curls one goalwards. Lovely save from Sirigu but Gignac scuffs the rebound.
Meanwhile, Marseille are in a tussle with the LFP over the scheduling over their next game - Nice, on Friday. Given that OM play tonight, and some of their players feature for France against Holland on Wednesday, playing less than 48 hours later is of a major concern.
Gignac appeals to referee Ruddy Buquet over a challenge, but the referee awards PSG a free-kick. PSG travel to Bastia next, before their Champions League return against Bayer Leverkusen.
PSG 0-0 Marseille after 20 minutes, and it's been an electrifying start to the Clasico. Marseille, after a decent start pegged back, and we almost saw one of THE goals in European football denied thanks to Rod Fanni's quick thinking.
Payet attempts one from distance, and it sails over Sirigu's bar to heavy applause from the stands. Marseille disintegrating, and PSG are all on top here.
Look at that replay later. Lucas denied one of the goals of the season by Rod Fanni there. Actually picked up the ball in his own half, before charging forward unopposed.
Lucas Moura! WHAT A RUN!! The Marseille defence opens up unbelievably. Moura skips past five defenders and chips over Mandanda. Fanni gets behind and clears it away from the line. WHAT DRAMA!
Former France president Nicolas Sarkozy, a self-confessed PSG fan watches on from the stands, sitting next to club presidents Nasser al-Khelaifi and Vincent Labrune.
Thiago Motta caught by Valbuena, as the referee hands the winger a ticking off. Motta was sent off over a foul on Valbuena in the first game this season.
Valbuena has Marseille's first shot of the game, and it's not troubling Sirigu at all. OM need to focus here, too often is their high line breached. Away to PSG, this is unforgivable.
Well, Marseille have been handed a huge let-off there. Lavezzi again beats the defence thanks to Lucas' fine pass, but he fires over. He was offside, but Laurent Blanc looks on with exasperation.
HOWLER!! HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN?! Marseille's defence is breached for the first time this evening. Lavezzi springs the trap, and rounds Steve Mandanda. Open goal, and with Ibrahimovic at the far post, he fires wide! LET OFF.
Nice bit of play from Marseille, as Valbuena neatly holds up play. Finds Fanni who decides to race past Maxwell. He takes it to the byline, and crosses in. No power in that, and Sirigu claims.
Corner dealt with neatly by Marseille, headed away by Romao, who returns from suspension. It's been a measured start from the hosts, but they'll soon slip into their rhythm.
A promising Marseille move cut out by Maxwell, as Lavezzi is released down the left. The Argentine outpaces N'Koulou and wins a corner for his efforts.
Marseille in the early stages, going forward well. They've spoken of the fact that they have no expectations going in, and have nothing to lose. They've shown that in the opening exchanges as Valbuena powers ahead.
PSG relinquish possession, and Nicolas N'Koulou picks up the ball as he is met with heavy boos from the Parisien faithful. Towards Thauvin, the enigmatic youngster runs it out of play.
We are underway in the CLASICO!! PSG get us going, attacking from right to left. Marseille in their change strip of blue.
The sides are out at the Parc des Princes. Stadium is full, this is sold out. The Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background. No matter that Monaco have come to the fore, this is THE game in French football. What an atmosphere!
This will be the 84th meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille. The Phoenicians lead the win tally - 32 to PSG's 31. There have been 20 draws. With OM not winning in the last six Clasicos, can PSG catch up tonight?
Marseille owner Margarita Louis Dreyfus present at the Parc to watch her side tonight. It is her third visit this season, and first away. Under her viewership, OM had lost at home to Monaco and PSG in the reverse fixture.
TEAM NEWS: Edinson Cavani returns, but only to start on the bench, as PSG line up as expected. For Marseille, it is a VERY attacking line-up with Ayew returning in midfield, as Thauvin starts. Morel is preferred to Mendy, and Lucas Mendes takes the lead ahead of Souleymane Diawara.
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE: Mandanda; Fanni, Lucas Mendes, N'Koulou, Morel; Andre Ayew, Romao; Thauvin, Valbuena, Payet; Gignac
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Verratti, Matuidi, Thiago Motta; Lucas Moura, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Victory for PSG tonight will see them open up an eight point gap over Monaco with 11 games to go after this weekend. Victory for Marseille will open up the CL race once more, as they bridge the gap to Lille and Saint-Etienne above them. A LOT to play for.
In Ligue 1 action this weekend; Lille overcame controversy on the island of Corsica to beat Ajaccio 3-2, as Saint-Etienne, also Champions League hopefuls, dented the challenge of Monaco en route to a 2-0 win. Earlier this afternoon, Lyon and Montpellier shared a goalless draw as Reims' fine form continued with a win over Valenciennes.
It's the Clasico between top form strikers. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 14 goals in his last 13 games, but Andre Pierre Gignac of OM has 12 also in that period. Ibrahimovic has four penalties however in that streak, while Gignac has two.
But Marseille, for all of their woes, and poor form, have steadied the ship somewhat in recent weeks. Unbeaten in 5 league games following the win over Lorient, can they pull it off tonight?
It's also been a top week for PSG off the field. Contract extensions for Maxwell and Blaise Matuidi were also announced, the pair being tied down until 2015 and 2018 respectively.
Laurent Blanc's PSG side look almost untouchable, unbeaten since a 2-1 reverse to Evian before Christmas. They've brushed aside Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, and put four past Toulouse last week. Can anyone stop them?
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be taking you through tonight's premier French encounter from the capital. Marseille will be hoping to reverse a run of defeats at the Parc. The last time they won here (3-0 in 2010), they went on to lift the Ligue 1 title.
Bonsoir! And welcome to live coverage of tonight's huge encounter in Ligue 1. It's Classique time, as fierce rivals Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille face off at the Parc des Princes. A positive result could mean so much for either side.
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