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December 11, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
Stade du Hainaut — Valenciennes
Referee:‬ W. Bien‎
Attendance:‬ 23021‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valenciennes 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain

Goal.com rates the performers on show at the Stade du Hainaut as Carlo Ancelotti's men reignited their Ligue 1 campaign with a thumping win

By Mohammed Ali

  • Nicolas Penneteau
    3
    3
    2.00

    Nicolas Penneteau

    The goalkeeper was below-par this evening, as he was easily beaten by Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi. Was uncertain for large periods as he raced off his line, and also spilled Pastore’s effort into the path of Zlatan for his hat-trick.

  • Brou Benjamin Angoua
    4
    2
    2.00

    Brou Benjamin Angoua

    A poor night from Angoua after making a bright start. Deteriorated throughout the second half to the point where he was easily beaten by Lavezzi for the fourth.

  • Nicolas Isimat Mirin
    6
    1
    1.50

    Nicolas Isimat Mirin

    A night to forget from the defender, who was beaten by Ibrahimovic time and again.

  • G. Bong
    8
    1
    3.00

    G. Bong

    The left-back was largely restricted to a defensive role, as PSG embarked on an onslaught, but he performed admirably and threw himself at everything he could.

  • Rudy Mater
    6
    1
    3.00

    Rudy Mater

    Like Bong, the right-back did well under extreme pressure and unlike his team-mate, he managed to attack on occasions. Linked well with Dossevi on the right wing.

  • David Ducourtioux
    7
    1
    3.00

    David Ducourtioux

    The captain tested Sirigu on more than one occasion and looked assured in his duties. Taken aback by the sheer power of PSG’s midfield in the second half.

  • C. Sánchez
    4
    2
    2.00

    C. Sánchez

    Instigated the first real chance of the night, but that was to be his only attacking contribution. Error-prone in midfield, he constantly let the likes of Pastore and Matuidi in with his wayward passing.

  • Gaël Danic
    4
    1
    2.50

    Gaël Danic

    He was supposed to be the creative hub of the Valenciennes attack, but Danic could not replicate his previous form in tonight’s game. Stretchered off with a serious injury.

  • Mathieu Dossevi
    14
    0
    4.00

    Mathieu Dossevi

    Valenciennes’ best player by some distance. He was a constant threat down the flank and never tired, giving Maxwell plenty to think about.

  • Foued Kadir
    8
    2
    3.00

    Foued Kadir

    The Algerian had a decent game and enjoyed a positive start to the match, carving out several opportunities. Tailed off as the game wore on.

  • Anthony Le Tallec
    3
    6
    1.50

    Anthony Le Tallec

    Too isolated. The former Liverpool and Auxerre man could not capitalise on the deliveries from Danic and Dossevi. Was well marshalled by Thiago Silva.

Substitutions

  • Jose Saez
    5
    1
    2.00

    Jose Saez

    Came on for Le Tallec with six minutes to go, but by then the match had already been settled. No impact from the midfielder.

  • Vincent Aboubakar
    6
    2
    2.00

    Vincent Aboubakar

    Late cameo from the striker, who did not have time to influence proceedings.

  • Grégory Pujol
    4
    2
    2.00

    Grégory Pujol

    Replaced the creative and lively Danic midway through the second half. Tried his best to influence the game, but struggled to make an impact.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    31
    1
    2.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    The goalkeeper enjoyed a good night at the Stade du Hainaut. Alert as ever, and managed to keep out anything that Valenciennes threw at him.

  • Thiago Silva
    108
    2
    4.50

    Thiago Silva

    A defensive masterclass from the PSG captain. Superb throughout the course of the game, he alone performed much of the defensive tasks as the side weathered the Valenciennes’ storm. Brilliant game.

  • Alex
    29
    7
    3.00

    Alex

    A quite first half from the Brazilian, who was upstaged by his partner Thiago Silva. A few good interceptions, he limped off just before half-time.

  • Maxwell
    23
    6
    2.50

    Maxwell

    The full-back was given the run-around by Dossevi, as he struggled to make an impact in this game. Improved late on, but this was just not his night.

  • Christophe Jallet
    20
    17
    2.00

    Christophe Jallet

    The right-back couldn’t replicate his form from the weekend. Distinctly average, his crossing did not threaten Valenciennes, and was at times struggling with the likes of Dossevi.

  • Jérémy Menez
    36
    10
    3.00

    Jérémy Menez

    Not as creative as his previous games, but Menez was still very productive on the flanks. His pace caused one or two problems for Valenciennes, with his deliveries and ability to pin-point team-mates a major asset. Could’ve had a goal had it not been for a shock miss. Withdrawn for Chantome.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    37
    5
    3.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    Typically comfortable in midfield, Matuidi returned from suspension to assert his authority in the middle of the park. Plays with more freedom alongside Motta.

  • Javier Pastore
    47
    12
    2.50

    Javier Pastore

    Confirmation that the former Palermo star has fully regained his confidence and form after a fruitful first half. The second was rather average from the Argentine, but it is intriguing to see him return to such a level after a torrid month.

  • Thiago Motta
    45
    4
    3.50

    Thiago Motta

    The Italy international has seamlessly reintegrated back into the lineup after a lengthy injury. Confident on the ball, he screened his defence well, before being taken off.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    92
    3
    4.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Lavezzi was rather ruthless on the wing, setting up Ibrahimovic to cap off a good game. He has really come on leaps and bounds since his underwhelming start to life in the capital. Now displaying the flashes of brilliance he showed so consistently with Napoli in 2011-12.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    224
    6
    4.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The hero on a night of positives for Paris Saint-Germain. Maintained his man-of-the-match performance from Saturday with a fantastic hat-trick to destroy the hosts. Valenciennes just couldn’t deal with him.

Substitutions

  • Mamadou Sakho
    32
    4
    2.50

    Mamadou Sakho

    The centre-back came on for an injured Alex, and enjoyed a rather quiet second half. Did his job adquately, but didn't have much to deal with.

  • Clément Chantôme
    21
    5
    2.00

    Clément Chantôme

    Replaced Menez with minutes to go. Decent cameo from the midfielder, who didn’t have much time to make an impact.

  • Marco Verratti
    59
    8
    3.00

    Marco Verratti

    The Italian came on midway through the second half, and immediately made an impact. Passing was superb and PSG should’ve added more goals from his deliveries.

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