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Ligue 1

  • March 11, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Stade Gaston Gérard, Dijon
  • Referee: P. Malige
  • • Attendance: 14446

Dijon 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Gameiro strikes injury-time winner for 10-man PSG

The substitute struck after 90 minutes were up to give les Parisiens three unlikely points, after they played more than half the game a player short

Paris Saint-Germain will be top of Ligue 1 at the end of the weekend, having been forced to battle until the final seconds for a 2-1 win against Dijon.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were in control of the match until Mohamed Sissoko was dismissed in the closing moments of the first half, when he went in recklessly on Eric Bautheac. That did not prevent Siaka Tiene from giving PSG the lead early in the second period, but Steven Paulle’s header restored parity. Dijon pressed hard for a winning goal, but they'd be caught on the break by Kevin Gameiro, whose late goal proved decisive.

The early stages of the game were well balanced, but the capital side offered the first real threat when Jeremy Menez’s shot was blocked into the path of Javier Pastore, whose effort was well saved on the line by Baptiste Reynet. Two minutes later, the young keeper was again brought into action, denying Jeremy Menez.

Had the former Roma man found the top corner with a fierce volley soon afterwards, there would have been no chance of the goalkeeper blocking the effort, but the winger was marginally off target with his shot.

Dijon enjoyed the better of the first half’s closing stages, drawing Salvatore Sirigu into the best save of the game as he parried away a powerful drive from Benjamin Corgnet, before a strong challenge from Sissoko resulted in a rather harsh red card for the PSG midfielder.

That did not prevent les Parisiens grabbing the lead early in the second half. Guillaume Hoarau was the catalyst down the right channel, leaving Chahar Zarour standing before cutting a low cross into the box that Tiene finished coolly.

On the counter, the visitors threaten to grab a second sporadically, but the pressure was slowly beginning to mount on their goal. With 15 minutes remaining, this ultimately told as Gael Kakuta’s corner was flicked on at the near post before Paulle arrived unmarked at the back to head powerfully into the net.

Having already defeated PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue after coming from behind, les Rouge sensed blood, and they maintained their pressure until the end of the match but could not muster what would have been a decisive third goal.

Instead, their hunger to win the match counted against them as Menez led a remarkable counter, setting up Gameiro to strike the winner after 91 minutes.

Victory edges PSG closer to the top of the Ligue 1 table, moving them four points clear of Montpellier, who play Caen later on Sunday. Dijon, meanwhile, are in the drop zone after a cruel and rather undeserved loss.