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September 2, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Stade Pierre-Mauroy — Villeneuve d'Ascq
Referee:‬ R. Buquet‎
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Player Ratings: Lille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain

PSG claimed their first victory of the league season in northern France, and Goal.com was on hand to mark all the actors

By Robin Bairner

  • Mickaël Landreau
    13
    0
    3.00

    Mickaël Landreau

    Stood little chance with PSG’s first goal as he was left exposed by his defence, but was perhaps marginally culpable for the second as he was beaten to the ball by Ibrahimovic. An alert showing overall.

  • Lucas Digne
    14
    0
    3.00

    Lucas Digne

    The young defender continues to impress down the left, offering a good offensive outlet for Lille as well as a reliable blocker down his channel.

  • Franck Beria
    4
    7
    2.50

    Franck Beria

    Much of PSG’s threat came down his flank, and there can be little doubt that he had a difficult time defensively, with his positioning particularly questionable. Did offer good width when Lille pushed forward, though.

  • Aurélien Chedjou Fongang
    16
    1
    4.00

    Aurélien Chedjou Fongang

    Headed Lille back on terms with a neat near-post header. Did not form a cohesive enough unit with Basa to deny the Swede, although he did execute an outstanding recovery tackle on Menez late in the game and defended superbly on an individual basis.

  • Marko Basa
    10
    2
    3.00

    Marko Basa

    Although the rugged defender did not commit any individual errors, his understanding with Chedjou was not sufficient to prevent PSG making headway through the centre. Too often the duo played too far apart, leaving space that was exploited.

  • Idrissa Gueye
    9
    2
    3.00

    Idrissa Gueye

    Introduced into the team after missing out on the midweek Champions League playoff success against Copenhagen, the Senegalese added energy to the midfield. For all his hard running, he was a little short on quality, with too many passes going astray, but his raw power came to the fore after the break.

  • Marvin Martin
    6
    10
    2.00

    Marvin Martin

    The France international was expected to be the hub of Lille’s attacking efforts, but he did not make himself regularly enough available. It was, however, from one of his dead balls that Chedjou headed to level.

  • Benoit Pedretti
    5
    12
    2.50

    Benoit Pedretti Flop of the Match

    Replaced at half time, having failed to make a telling impression on the game. Much of his best work was defensive, which was not what he was in the starting XI to provide.

  • Rio Antonio Mavuba
    10
    2
    3.00

    Rio Antonio Mavuba

    Outstanding versus the Danes on Wednesday, the tigerish captain was not nearly so omnipresent in this encounter. Still managed to get a strong grip on the game in the second half of the match, and it was his dominance that helped Lille dictate matters.

  • Dimitri Payet
    14
    3
    3.50

    Dimitri Payet

    Posed countless problems down the left-hand side when he was allowed to run at Jallet, he punctured the visiting defence on several occasions and was a really vital outlet for les Dogues’ offence.

  • Nolan Roux
    13
    1
    3.00

    Nolan Roux

    Preferred in attack to Tulio, the former Brest striker went close in the first half with an excellent overhead kick that had Sirigu scrambling to save. Was left rather isolated at times and was replaced midway through the second half.

Substitutions

  • Salomon Kalou
    26
    0
    3.50

    Salomon Kalou

    The enigmatic attacker was introduced at half time and offered some moments of real incision, with a particularly good run carrying him past several challenges to create a chance.

  • De Melo
    5
    7
    2.50

    De Melo

    Provided an aerial threat, with a solid header late on bringing a save from Sirigu.

  • Ryan Mendes
    9
    2

    Ryan Mendes

    Came on too late to make a real impression.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    22
    2
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    The Italian goalkeeper generally offers a strong base to the PSG side, but he was uncharacteristically hesitant at some stages during this encounter. When it counted in the second half, he was solid.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    32
    5
    3.50

    Mamadou Sakho

    Still far from assured his spot in the team, a marking error as Lille drew level at 1-1 will have been given a black mark in Carlo Ancelotti’s book. Looked comfortable in possession and read some awkward situations well but failed to completely convince.

  • Alex
    24
    2
    3.50

    Alex

    Was once again dominant in the air in the heart of the PSG defence. The Brazilian dealt with the tests presented to him in a sober manner and continues to be a real rock for his side.

  • Maxwell
    25
    6
    3.00

    Maxwell

    Against Bordeaux last weekend, he was rather stunted as an offensive threat, yet it was his early incursion forward that acted as the catalyst for PSG’s opening goal. Lille rarely made significant headway down his channel.

  • Christophe Jallet
    24
    8
    3.50

    Christophe Jallet

    With Gregory van der Wiel set to join PSG, the right-back is a man who needs to play well to retain his spot, but he was tormented constantly down his flank by Payet, and it was his loose pass that allowed the home side to draw level early on. Made up for this by a powerful offensive showing, getting some fine deliveries into the box.

  • Jérémy Menez
    24
    2
    3.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Was not a constant threat, but when he was dangerous, PSG tended to make it count. Played a key role in the opening goal with two passes in the build up, and offered a threat whenever he was offered room. Withdrawn in the latter stages with Gameiro coming on.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    20
    4
    3.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    Typically busy in the centre of the PSG midfield, he did little spectacular but equally made few errors. Broke up play well and offered a fine platform from which his side could work. Even produced a couple of dangerous offensive bursts late on.

  • Marco Verratti
    64
    3
    3.50

    Marco Verratti

    An outstanding prospect for the future and a very able talent for the present, the Italian provided some much needed creative drive from the centre of PSG’s midfield, although he showed immaturity in getting booked for a first-half foul.

  • Javier Pastore
    33
    6
    3.00

    Javier Pastore

    Can be a peripheral figure for PSG, but a deft pass through to Ibrahimovic was decisive in helping PSG into a 2-1 lead. Carried the ball purposefully at times, but is still not dominating games in the manner his coach would no doubt like him to. Gifted possession away too often.

  • Thiago Motta
    21
    8
    3.00

    Thiago Motta

    Looked rusty last weekend, but there was more energy about the Italy international’s game in the north, and consequently the PSG midfield functioned far more effectively as a result. Was booked in the first half for a rash challenge.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    151
    9
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    Scored the quickest Ligue 1 goal of the season, showing no sign of nerves as he converted with fewer than 30 seconds on the clock. Displayed similar composure to put his side 2-1 up, accelerating beyond the back four to score. Unlucky not to get a hat-trick.

Substitutions

  • Nenê
    18
    14
    2.50

    Nenê

    Came on for the last 25 minutes, replacing Pastore, but was unable to make a telling impression.

  • Adrien Rabiot
    20
    3

    Adrien Rabiot

    The teenager shored things up for PSG late on.

  • Kevin Gameiro
    18
    4

    Kevin Gameiro

    Replaced the injured Menez with time running out.

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