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March 21, 2014 7:30 PM GMT
Stade Yves Allainmat - Le Moustoir — Lorient
Referee:‬ C. Turpin‎
Attendance:‬ 16116‎
 
 
Thiago Motta 41′
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Flop of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly

Lorient 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Les Parisiens stretch lead at the top

The reigning champions go 11 points clear of Monaco as they edged past Les Merlus in the Stade du Moustoir

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Laurent Blanc came out on top in the tactical battle with Christian Gourcuff as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lorient 1-0 on Friday.

The PSG head coach had come under criticism from Gourcuff recently for his "hands-off" approach, but was able to celebrate after Thiago Motta's first-half goal sealed a sixth consecutive win in Ligue 1.

After neat work from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it was Motta who slid in from close-range to find the net for the third time this season.

Lorient thought they had grabbed an equaliser in the closing minutes when susbtitute Bryan Pele fired beyond Salvatore Sirigu, but the 21-year-old was flagged offside, much to the relief of the PSG defence.

Les Parisiens move 11 points clear of second-placed Monaco, who host Lille on Sunday, while Lorient remain eight clear of the relegation zone and will still be looking nervously over their shoulders having played a game more than the teams below them.

The visitors initially struggled to get into the game, with their time on the ball in the attacking third restricted by Lorient's effective pressing.

PSG were still dominant in regards to possession but the hosts offered a real threat on the counter-attack, and had an excellent chance to move ahead in the 15th minute.

Vincent Aboubakar was released down the right and muscled past Maxwell before touching the ball to Yann Jouffre, but the midfielder's shot was pushed away by Sirigu.

Midway through the half there were concerns for Blanc as his captain Thiago Silva was forced off with a head injury, and PSG's frustrations grew when Edinson Cavani wasted a free header on 38 minutes.

Despite being far from their best, the reigning champions were able to take the lead four minutes before the break as Motta scrambled the ball home following excellent work from Ibrahimovic.

The Sweden international was a key figure in a move that led to Cavani having a shot saved and Ibrahimovic then showed quick feet to force the ball towards goal again, with Motta beating Bruno Ecuele Manga to poke over the line.

The capital club began the second half with more attacking intent and Ibrahimovic had claims for a penalty turned away before seeing a dipping volley well-saved by Fabien Audard.

Lorient felt they should have had a penalty of their own prior to the hour mark, but replays showed Alex had clipped Alain Traore outside the area and the referee did not even award a free-kick.

Blanc's side should have doubled their lead on 75 minutes when Cavani broke clear of the Lorient defence on the left. His low cross found Christophe Jallet at the back post, but the full-back's low shot was somehow kept out by Audard with his left leg.

Aboubakar wasted a fine chance to level with five minutes to play as he headed wide from an unmarked position at the back post, and Pele thought he had snatched a point only for the assistant referee's flag to rule out his 87th-minute strike.



FC Lorient

16
Fabien Audard
Goalkeeper
3.50
5
3.50
17
Maxime Baca
Defender
3.00
33
Wesley Lautoa
Defender
3.00
8
Yann Jouffre
Midfielder
4.00
20
Mathieu Coutadeur
Midfielder
3.50
27
Alain Traoré
Midfielder
4.00
21
Cheick Doukoure
Midfielder
2.50
9
3.00
11
2.50
22
3.50

Paris Saint-Germain

4.00
30
 - 
4
3.50
15
Marquinhos
Defender
2.50
17
Maxwell
Defender
2.50
26
3.00
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
41′
3.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
2.50
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
60′ 62′
2.50
9
4.00
10
3.00
21

Substitutes

30
 - 
3
Lamine Kone
Defender
 - 
-
S. Diallo
Midfielder
62′
 - 
-
 - 
48
Enzo Reale
Midfielder
 - 
-
Yoann Wachter
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
3.00
33
Alex
Defender
30′
 - 
3
Lucas Digne
Defender
 - 
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
62′
 - 
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
 - 
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
 - 
-
Lucas
Midfielder
79′

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
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