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Played
December 18, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ C. Turpin‎
Attendance:‬ 45195‎
 
Top of the Match
Salvatore Sirigu
Salvatore Sirigu
Paris Saint-Germain
Salvatore Sirigu
Salvatore Sirigu
Paris Saint-Germain
Flop of the Match
Joe Cole
Joe Cole
LOSC Lille Métropole
Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore
Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Lille: Heavyweights held in a stalemate as Pastore & Hazard are shut out

Ligue 1's top match of the weekend ended scoreless in the capital, a fixture in which brawn rather triumphed over brain

By Robin Bairner

What promised to be an explosive Ligue 1 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille at the Parc des Princes proved to be something of a disappointment, as a physical encounter ended 0-0, with neither side creating much in the way of scoring opportunities.

Kevin Gameiro had the best opening of the match, but after being released by an exquisite Javier Pastore pass, the former Lorient man blasted his shot a foot wide of the post.

The first half, though played at a high tempo, had little to commend it as brute force in the centre of the field eclipsed the technical potential of both sides. Florent Balmont had Lille’s most meaningful shot of the opening period, though it went comfortably wide, while Mickael Landreau was not troubled aside from a Nene corner that nearly found its way directly in at his near post.

After the interval, more spaces started to appear, and the attacking players began to have more of an influence. A fluid break from the home side concluded with Pastore drilling wide of target from the edge of the box, and quickly play swung to the opposite end of the field, when Joe Cole was denied by a posse of defenders eager to block his shot.

Finally, Landreau would have some real work to do as he fielded a Nene free kick, but again Lille would respond, though Salvatore Sirigu punched clear Mathieu Debuchy’s header fairly comfortably.

It was PSG who were looking the likelier side to open the scoring, though frequently they would make poor decisions around the box. On several occasions, the hosts would break at the visitors in numbers but would either try a tricky pass or would take on an extra defender, inevitably squandering the opening.

Lille were bossing plenty of the ball, but they regularly broke against a solid wall of navy-clad defenders on the edge of the home box. Idrissa Gueye went for a spectacular drive from range, but Sirugu athletically turned the effort away.

Stoppage time nearly brought a winning goal for the guests, but wonderful goalkeeping from Sirigu twice denied substitute Ireneusz Jelen.

The result leaves PSG level on point with Montpellier at the summit of the league and Lille just two marks behind, alongside with Lyon.


Paris Saint-Germain

30
Salvatore Sirigu
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
Ceará
Defender
0.00
6
Zoumana Camara
Defender
9′
0.00
5
Milan Biševac
Defender
0.00
26
Christophe Jallet
Midfielder
0.00
19
Nenê
Midfielder
0.00
-
0.00
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
80′
0.00
5
0.00
7
0.00
11
Kevin Gameiro
Striker
80′
0.00

LOSC Lille Métropole

0.00
-
0.00
12
0.00
25
Marko Basa
Defender
0.00
26
0.00
5
Idrissa Gueye
Midfielder
56′
0.00
24
0.00
4
0.00
26
Joe Cole
Striker
68′
0.00
7
Moussa Sow
Striker
88′
0.00
17

Substitutes

1
0.00
17
0.00
15
0.00
2
0.00
22
0.00
13
0.00
11
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
0.00
22
0.00
5
0.00
7
0.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
17

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC 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