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April 8, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ A. Gautier‎
Attendance:‬ 46252‎
 
André Ayew 60′
61′ Alex
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Olympique de Marseille

A header from Alex keeps Carlo Ancelotti's men in the Ligue 1 title hunt after Andre Ayew had levelled Jeremy Menez's opener. Here's how all the players performed

By Robin Bairner

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    30
    3
    0.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Made a terrific late reaction block to deny Brandao and commanded his box superbly throughout. Signed from Palermo last summer for €3.5 million, he continues to prove himself PSG’s best-value acquisition.

  • Milan Biševac
    24
    4
    0.00

    Milan Biševac

    Has rarely featured in recent weeks because of injury troubles, but Ancelotti placed his faith in the former Valenciennes man. There were a number of occasions when his lack of match sharpness was apparent, but despite these moments he had a strong game.

  • Alex
    65
    6
    0.00

    Alex Top of the Match

    The only PSG defender who looked capable of matching Marseille’s dominance in the air, the Brazilian gave a solid account of himself and policed Remy well. Again proved his value at the other end of the field with the winning goal.

  • Maxwell
    39
    5
    0.00

    Maxwell

    Back in the team after injury troubles, and he made a decisive early impact by raiding up the left to produce the cross that ultimately led to the opening goal. Was solid defensively, although Amalfitano rarely tested him.

  • Christophe Jallet
    13
    5
    0.00

    Christophe Jallet

    A more effective presence going forward down the right than he was in a defensive capacity. Around his own box, the right-back was unconvincing when in possession and was the clear weak link in the home rearguard defensively.

  • Jérémy Menez
    41
    5
    0.00

    Jérémy Menez

    Opened the scoring with around five minutes on the clock, reacting well to place a left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net. Was effectively played as a roaming centre forward, and although he was able to pick up some dangerous positions, he was left isolated just as frequently. A good performance, nevertheless.

  • Nenê
    17
    7
    0.00

    Nenê

    Back in the starting XI after being controversially dropped for last weekend’s defeat in Nancy, the Brazilian was an ever-ready outlet for the home side. Although he offered moments of danger, he was unable to have a telling influence.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    9
    7
    0.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    Swept up a number of dangerous Marseille attacks in an efficient manner, covering round for the full-backs and providing a mobile and destructive presence in the heart of the midfield.

  • Mohamed Lamine Sissoko
    11
    10
    0.00

    Mohamed Lamine Sissoko

    The victim of the game’s first yellow card, being booked for a bad challenge on Andre Ayew with little over 10 minutes played, handcuffing the combative midfielder into playing a more conservative match than usual. With five minutes to go, he did pick up a second booking and was sent for an early shower – his third red card this season.

  • Javier Pastore
    29
    11
    0.00

    Javier Pastore

    Offered the first threat of the game, flashing a shot just wide of Mandanda’s top corner, and the Argentine looked brighter in this encounter after displaying indifferent form of late. Worked hard when tracking back, though was guilty of giving away a couple of silly fouls.

  • Thiago Motta
    19
    4
    0.00

    Thiago Motta

    Beat off injury to feature in this match, and the former Inter man enjoyed a strong game in a defensive capacity. PSG’s lack of ambition with the ball rather limited him as an attacking force, offering only brief glimpses of his strength going forward. Particularly useful in the closing stages.

Substitutions

  • Mamadou Sakho
    18
    6
    0.00

    Mamadou Sakho

    Featured for only a few seconds.

  • Mathieu Bodmer
    5
    5
    0.00

    Mathieu Bodmer

    Played the last 20 minutes in place of Pastore.

  • Guillaume Hoarau
    6
    7
    0.00

    Guillaume Hoarau

    Given eight minutes at the end.

  • Steve Mandanda
    5
    7
    0.00

    Steve Mandanda

    Didn’t have a great deal to do aside from pick the ball from his net twice. Couldn’t keep out the rather tame effort from Menez early on, but in truth he had little time to adjust to the shot, and Alex’s header was simply too well placed for him to keep out.

  • César Azpilicueta
    13
    1
    0.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Employed on the left of the rearguard, the Spaniard enjoyed another excellent performance for the Provence club. Made no errors at the back and made every effort to get forward and support the attack, delivering a number of crosses into the box.

  • N. N'Koulou
    12
    1
    0.00

    N. N'Koulou

    Aged only 20, the young defender continues to look strong in the heart of the Marseille defence, displaying plenty of confidence throughout. Perhaps caught a little flat-footed as PSG opened the scoring, but little serious blame could be attributed to the defender, who was otherwise strong.

  • Rod Fanni
    2
    7
    0.00

    Rod Fanni

    Shunted out to the right-back role, he made an inauspicious start to this match as PSG’s opening goal originated from down his channel. When he pushed forward, his crosses were typically disappointing, though he at least strengthened his game defensively.

  • Alou Diarra
    13
    2
    0.00

    Alou Diarra

    An enormous physical presence in the heart of the Marseille side, his game will be most remembered for failing to out-jump Alex as the Brazilian headed PSG’s second. Had been a terrific presence for his side in the middle of the park and was perhaps the primary reason they were so dominant for such a long period.

  • Benoît Cheyrou
    3
    13
    0.00

    Benoît Cheyrou Flop of the Match

    The deep-lying playmaker in the Marseille side, he gave a disappointing account of himself in this clash. Passes went astray and his shooting was poor. His match was summed up with a horrible shot over the top in the closing stages when he probably should have scored. A talented player, but isn’t in good form at present.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    6
    5
    0.00

    Stéphane M'Bia

    The most notable offensive threat for Marseille from set pieces around the box, the Cameroon defender won countless headers but couldn’t steer one decisively on target for his side. Was a little rugged at time defensively, showing too much tendency to dive in.

  • Morgan Amalfitano
    4
    8
    0.00

    Morgan Amalfitano

    A fierce drive just wide after 27 minutes was the highlight of the former Lorient man’s game. Otherwise, he was largely a passenger for Didier Deschamps’ men, not doing nearly enough to unsettle Maxwell.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    12
    2
    0.00

    Mathieu Valbuena

    Absolutely hammered physically by the PSG midfield, who took turns to let the offensive midfielder about their presence. When the diminutive midfielder retaliated after only 11 minutes, he was booked. The France international was certainly lively throughout, but he was unable to make a decisive impact on the game as he was persistently fouled.

  • Loïc Remy
    13
    2
    0.00

    Loïc Remy

    Has been toiling with physical problems in recent weeks but was very active for Marseille at Parc des Princes. Won more than his share of balls in the air, often finding team-mates with the resultant flick, and from one such position he created Marseille’s equaliser. Would have wanted to have been more of a direct threat to Sirigu.

  • André Ayew
    25
    4
    0.00

    André Ayew

    Scored the equalising goal with a header from close range, but the Ghanaian otherwise struggled to produce his best. When he was involved, he tended to be a catalyst for good chances to be created. Needed to be involved a little more, though.

Substitutions

  • Brandao
    4
    6
    0.00

    Brandao

    His cameo saw him failed to seriously trouble the hosts.

  • André Pierre Gignac
    2
    5
    0.00

    André Pierre Gignac

    Played only the last 15 minutes.

  • Jordan Ayew
    4
    5
    0.00

    Jordan Ayew

    Thrown on towards the end of the game in a hopeful manner.

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