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August 25, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau — Nantes
Referee:‬ F. Fautrel‎
Attendance:‬ 35867‎
 
52′ (OG) Alex
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Nantes 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain

Goal runs the rule over the performers at Stade de la Beaujoire as Laurent Blanc's men laboured to a 2-1 win

By Mohammed Ali

  • Remy Riou
    10
    1
    3.00

    Remy Riou

    The goalkeeper did well against the world-class attack of the visitors. Did well to save from Ibrahimovic early on and frustrated les Parisiens throughout the game.

  • P. Djilobodji
    12
    1
    3.50

    P. Djilobodji

    A brilliant performance from the defender. He was the main reason PSG toiled for so long with several brilliant tackles and played a part in Alex's own goal.

  • O. Vizcarrondo
    9
    1
    2.50

    O. Vizcarrondo

    A liability at the back for Nantes. The Venezuelan failed to track the runs of Cavani and Ibrahimovic on a number of occasions – that also led to the first goal.

  • Olivier Veigneau
    6
    1
    2.50

    Olivier Veigneau

    Scorer of a freak goal against Lorient last weekend, the left-back’s game was rather more low-key. A bit undisciplined in the tackle, but did well to provide chances out wide.

  • Gabriel Cichero
    9
    0
    3.00

    Gabriel Cichero

    Like Bessat, unlucky not to have bagged the equaliser in first half injury time with a lovely touch which was blocked by Van der Wiel. Nevertheless, he was uninvolved for large periods.

  • Vincent Bessat
    8
    0
    3.00

    Vincent Bessat

    An underrated midfielder, Bessat was influential in sparking Nantes’ late revival in the first half. Burst through the midfield with ease and unlucky to not have equalised.

  • Lucas Deaux
    8
    0
    3.00

    Lucas Deaux

    Another good performance from Lucas Deaux who battled hard In midfield. Struggled initially, but as Nantes picked up momentum, he was more efficient on the ball.

  • Alejandro Bedoya
    24
    1
    3.00

    Alejandro Bedoya

    The American international was a lively spark in the first half, both offensively and defensively. Tested Sirigu well and used the flank to try and create chances for his side.

  • Jordan Veretout
    7
    2
    2.50

    Jordan Veretout

    The U20 World Cup winner was slightly disappointing. Showed some good touches, but laboured at times. Couldn’t really get close to the opponents.

  • Filip Djordjevic
    11
    1
    2.50

    Filip Djordjevic

    Intended to be the leading man up front, the Serbian striker dropped deeper to involve himself after failing to get the better of Thiago Silva. Enjoyed moderate success there.

  • Serge Gakpe
    8
    1
    3.00

    Serge Gakpe

    The Togo international combined well with Bedoya to pick Nantes up from their malaise in the early stages, with bursting runs from the wing. Contributed well defensively too at times.

Substitutions

  • Fabrice Pancrate
    6
    2
    2.50

    Fabrice Pancrate

    The former PSG man enjoyed a brief cameo, but couldn’t get his side on level terms

  • F. Aristeguieta
    6
    1
    2.50

    F. Aristeguieta

    The Venezuelan forward showed some good touches in attack, but couldn’t test Sirigu.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    33
    6
    3.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    A fine performance from Salvatore Sirigu, with the most notable save coming from Alejandro Bedoya’s stunning header. Denied Nantes on more than one occasion.

  • Thiago Silva
    50
    8
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Another decent night from the PSG captain, who showed again why he’s arguably the best centre-back in the world, leading by example by throwing himself at everything that Nantes threw at him late on.

  • Alex
    9
    33
    2.50

    Alex

    On the night that Mamadou Sakho’s future looks to be over at PSG, Alex produced a distinctly below-par performance. Out of position on occasions and allowed Bedoya and Gakpe to roam.

  • Maxwell
    35
    6
    3.00

    Maxwell

    The Brazilian was a stoic presence on the left, but had little to do for large periods of the game. That said, he managed his duties well.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    29
    11
    3.00

    Gregory van der Wiel

    A better evening from the Dutch international, who was far more composed. Thwarted Gakpe and Bedoya, with a couple of interventions.

  • Thiago Motta
    23
    13
    3.00

    Thiago Motta

    Given the nod ahead of Verratti and the Italy international fashioned many of PSG’s early chances. Picked apart the Nantes defence with a number of lofted balls into the area for Cavani to chase.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    20
    13
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    Victim of a nasty head clash last weekend, Matuidi returned to put in a solid performance against Nantes. Typically powerful in the midfield, he nevertheless required a more creative partner beside him.

  • Javier Pastore
    14
    50
    2.00

    Javier Pastore

    Did little to silence the doubters. Pastore again found it tough tonight. Profligate in his approach play and looked disinterested. Not playing well right now.

  • Edinson Cavani
    80
    16
    3.50

    Edinson Cavani

    The Uruguayan continued his education in Ligue 1 with a second goal in his second game. Showed brilliant movement and composure to constantly attempt a shot. The partnership with Ibra can only improve.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    109
    20
    3.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Another frustrating night for Ibrahimovic when compared to his high standards, as he waits for his first league goal. But he was more effective dropping off Cavani and feeding the Uruguayan with a couple of astute passes.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    64
    10
    3.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    The introduction of Lucas allowed Lavezzi to operate more widely and he flourished in the second half. Burst down the wing past Vizcarrondo and showed great movement to score the second.

Substitutions

  • Marco Verratti
    33
    15
    3.00

    Marco Verratti

    Came on for Motta, but again showed that he can get carried away in the tackles.

  • Adrien Rabiot
    23
    17
    2.50

    Adrien Rabiot

    The young midfielder was given another outing from Laurent Blanc, but he couldn’t make an impact.

  • Lucas
    53
    8
    3.00

    Lucas

    His arrival allowed PSG to really stretch Nantes, and it showed as they dominated late on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1