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Played
February 24, 2013 10:00 PM SAST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ F. Fautrel‎
Attendance:‬ 44984‎
 
11′ (OG) N. N'Koulou
 
 
Top of the Match
Salvatore Sirigu
Salvatore Sirigu
Paris Saint-Germain
David Beckham
David Beckham
Paris Saint-Germain
Flop of the Match
N. N'Koulou
N. N'Koulou
Olympique de Marseille
N. N'Koulou
N. N'Koulou
Olympique de Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Olympique de Marseille: Ibrahimovic caps fortunate victory as Beckham makes debut

The Swede, plus an own goal from Nicolas Nkoulou in the first half, helped les Parisiens to three points on the evening that the Englishman made his bow in the French capital

By Robin Bairner

Ligue 1 : Ezequiel ,Lavezzi vs Alaixys Romao & Nicolas Nkoulou (Paris SG vs Olympique de Marseille)
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Paris Saint-Germain had to withstand a barrage from rivals Olympique de Marseille but held on to claim a 2-0 victory over their great rivals and earn the spoils in Ligue 1’s Classique to move three points clear at the summit of Le Championnat.

On the evening on which David Beckham came off the bench to play his first 15 minutes as a PSG player, it was an own goal from Nicolas Nkoulou that was vital in differentiating the sides, as the centre-back deflected a shot from Lucas into his own goal. A fluke from Zlatan Ibrahimovic late on then secured the points.

The moment capped a whirlwind start from Carlo Ancelotti’s men in a match that would be played with an unrelenting tempo throughout. With little over a minute played, Ibrahimovic combined with the excellent Ezequiel Lavezzi for the ex-Napoli man to break the offside trap and send a firm first-time effort against the frame of Steve Mandanda’s goal.

Having been overwhelmed initially, Marseille went on to control much of the rest of the evening as PSG lost their way, relying on goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to keep their opponents out.

With half an hour played, Joey Barton could not quite gain enough purchase on his header to trouble the Italian, and within 60 seconds Foued Kadir had nutmegged Maxwell and unleashed a fierce shot that stretched the ex-Palermo star.

Before the interval, Sirigu would be further tested. A Mathieu Valbuena free kick swerved wickedly due to a slight deflection, but the goalkeeper was firmly behind it, and moments later a similar save denied Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Marseille’s momentum was not dampened by the interval. Within 60 seconds of the restart, Valbuena had released Gignac down the left, but Sirigu was again on hand, though he was not given credit as a goal-kick was awarded. The former Toulouse striker showed his eye for the spectacular too, but his difficult overhead was touched over.

On the hour mark PSG managed a brief respite. Ibrahimovic had an effort direct from a free kick that went down as their first shot on target, and a minute later he shot wide after good work from Lucas Moura.

Although the capital side broke with purpose on many occasions, their final ball was regularly lacking, which invited further pressure from Marseille.

Mathieu Valbuena left Sirigu motionless with a long-range drive that flirted with the post, and Rod Fanni forced the shot-stopper to punch away, but Elie Baup’s side could not find a breakthrough.

Indeed, Ibrahimovic’s late goal, when a Jeremy Menez cross was deflected in off his knee, told the story of OM’s night,

It was something of a role reversal for OM, who have been known for their ability to win scrappy games, but this defeat looks to have left the title race as a two-horse race between Lyon and PSG. And, if anything, this match was a reminder that the race for the French crown is by no means a foregone conclusion.



Paris Saint-Germain

30
Salvatore Sirigu
Goalkeeper
3.50
33
Alex
Defender
2.50
17
Maxwell
Defender
2.50
22
Sylvain Armand
Defender
2.50
26
2.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
2.50
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
76′
2.50
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
76′
2.50
-
Lucas
Midfielder
84′
3.00
10
3.00
21
3.50

Olympique de Marseille

2.50
30
Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
2.00
3
N. N'Koulou
Defender
11′ 62′
2.50
-
Lucas
Defender
2.50
15
2.50
24
Rod Fanni
Defender
2.50
17
Joey Barton
Midfielder
2.50
14
Foued Kadir
Midfielder
76′
2.50
4
Alaixys Romao
Midfielder
3.00
28
2.50
9
2.00
10
André Ayew
Midfielder

Substitutes

1
 - 
6
 - 
23
 - 
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
84′ 91′
 - 
20
 - 
32
David Beckham
Midfielder
76′
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Brice Samba
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
21
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
99
M. Sougou
Striker
76′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
Lorient
16 2
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1