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December 4, 2013
• Parc des Sports, Annecy
Referee: L. Jaffredo
• Attendance: 14346
C. N'Sikulu 75'
M. Sougou 87'
There it is! A huge shock in Annecy, as Evian upend the champions by two goals to nil. A stunning victory, as they move into mid-table safety. For PSG, it's a first defeat in Ligue 1 for nine months!
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FULL-TIME: Evian 2-0 PSG - the shock of the Ligue 1 season so far!
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And the OLE's ring out amidst the freezing environment at the Parc des Sports. Not long to hold out, but Evian want three!
Into the first of two added minutes in Annecy.
The Ligue 1 title race now back in action - Monaco and Lille's victories yesterday see them now one and two points behind. No-one expected this defeat tonight, the first for Laurent Blanc.
PSG a game away from equalling the club record - and now, they are staring at their first defeat in just over nine months. You couldn't make this up!
Assist Daniel Wass
Goal M. Sougou
GOAL!! EVIAN 2-0 PSG!! WHAT A SHOCK! SOUGOU!!!! Wow, it's game over in Annecy. Moments after Pastore's shocker, Evian break, Sougou turns Jallet once more, and strikes past Sirigu!
PASTORE!! THAT WAS THE CHANCE!! WHAT A MISS! Howler from the Argentine. They're all queuing up in the box. Matuidi fidns Ibrahimovic, who turns Pastore on the far side - he heads straight at the goalkeeper.
PSG now queuing up here to steal an equaliser. Matuidi and Ibrahimovic aiming to get into the danger zone. Can Evian hold on?
Evian continuing to advance, and not just sit on their lead here. Daniel Wass drifts in from the right and manages a good shot towards goal. Good save by Sirigu.
Free-kick in a dangerous position for Evian after Tie Bi eventually succumbs to winning the foul. The champions are out of ideas here. They are struggling against a well disciplined Evian side.
Poor pass from Digne - eptiomises his poor form in the second half - too powerful, and flies out of play. Frustration clear on their faces here. Now we have an ending.
PSG's last defeat - on the cusp of a 27 match club record in Ligue 1 - was on March 2nd, away to Stade de Reims. What can they salvage here?
MATUIDI!! What a chance to level! And it's a great save by Hansen. The Evian defence fail to clear, and Matuidi, on the half-volley, sees his strike jumped on by the Danish keeper.
The Parc des Sports is rocking. What a change by Pascal Dupraz, with Sougou making a fantastic run, towards N'Sikulu. Jallet well turned, and PSG are staring at the barrel of defeat here!
Goal Clarck N'Sikulu
GOAL! EVIAN 1-0 PSG! IT HAD BEEN COMING!! What a pass forward towards N'Sikulu by Dja Djedje - and the substitute powers into the bottom corner. What a strike!
Evian have been far more resolute tonight. Pascal Dupraz's men continuing to frustrate the visitors, as Ibrahimovic's shot is blocked by Mongongu.
SUBSTITUTION - Clarck Nsikulu replaces Marco Ruben. Hardworking he was, but couldn't make a sustained impact up front despite a more positive second half.
SIRIGU! A wonderful stop from the goalkeeper there! What an effort. Brice Dja Djedje has a cross, or shot - goalwards. It takes a slight nick off of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Sirigu - seeing it late, turns it away!
WASS! Great effort, and a superb save by Salvatore Sirigu. Great save from the Italy keeper who turns it away for a corner.
SUBSTITUTION - Evian: Cedric Cambon replaces the combative Djkaridja Kone.
IBRAHIMOVIC! His first chance tonight. Hansen races off his line a little, as Ibrahimovic attempts to divert the ball over him. Hansen with a simple catch.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Javier Pastore replaces Adrien Rabiot.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Jeremy Menez departs in place for Lucas Moura.
PSG have a corner at the other end. Taken neatly, towards Thiago Silva, but Evian get the ball away. PSG readying a double substitution here.
Not much is the answer, as light snow begins to fall here at the Parc des Sports. Played short, and headed away. It's eventually gone behind for another corner. All PSG players back!
Evian thundering now, Sougou with a fine turn towards Kone, whose shot is blocked behind by Marquinhos. Corner to be taken by Wass. What can they achieve here?
Wass powers a pass forward for Marco Ruben to run at, but Thiago Silva intercepts, before the Argentine is reprimanded for a challenge on Verratti. There was nothing in that!
Ibrahimovic and Cavani - 21 goals together in Ligue 1 this evening, just two behind the entire Olympique de Marseille squad - but they've both struggled extensively this evening. Neither can get the better of an astute Evian defence.
Kone unable to get the better of Marquinhos, as he turns forward to beat the young defender - though he cannot manage to do the same to Marco Verratti, who dispossesses the Burkinabe.
Not many had expected Evian to hold out this long against Paris Saint-Germain, especially after a recent thrashing at home to Lorient. Nonetheless, PSG have shown that they have the mark of champions with efficient late showings.
Dja Djedje has been impressive tonight, as he bursts forward, hoping to pick out Marco Ruben. Digne holds his own, but Ruben acts as if he's been struck on the face. Play continues.
Marquinhos with an angled pass forward, though cannot get it towards Ibrahimovic, who instead chases the loose ball all the way back to Hansen. Evian starting from the back.
Dja Djedje makes a decent run on the right, holding onto Sabaly's cross. He can't get past Matuidi, who does exceedingly well to hold his position, but concedes the corner.
Evian have started more positively in the first half, as Ruben chases the loose ball on the right hand side, but he is unable to skip past the opposition, here.
UNDERWAY in the second half! Paris Saint-Germain get us going, attacking from left to right. Can they recover from a poor first half?
HT: ETG 0-0 PSG - Laurent Blanc's men might've dominated so far, but they've failed to take advantage of their chances. Pascal Dupraz's charges are holding their own, though it could be a question of when, and not if, they break.
HALF-TIME: Evian Thonon-Gaillard 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Digne with a fine chance on the left, but his measured cross is an easy save for Hansen in the Evian goal.
PSG now enjoying 62 percent of possession, but they cannot make a sustained impact, as the Savoyard defence holds sway. Almost to half-time, and Pascal Dupraz's men can be pleased.
Cavani moving gingerly on the pitch. He is caught in a challenge with Brice Dja Djedje - though it seems innocuous. He'll be OK to continue, though.
MENEZ! Over. The Evian fans boo after Tie Bi is left sprawled on the ground, but Cavani has some space on the left, towards Menez who - with a poor bit of composure, strikes over the bar.
Menez powers forward, with Jallet in support. But the champions lose it after a poor pass, and Evian intercept forward through Sougou. Tie Bi is beaten to it, but the champions continue to counter. At a frantic pace, this.
CHANCE! Hansen - the Evian goalkeeper - can count himself lucky. Inconsistent ahead of the corner, he now completely misses his punch, as the ball drifts to Menez, who cannot get past Mensah.
PENALTY? NO! Lionel Jaffredo waves play on despite Matuidi appearing to be clipped in the box by Kone. Nevertheless, the frantic phase of play continues - as Digne's ball into the box is headed away.
MENEZ! A great chance for PSG! Ibrahimovic does fantastically well to keep the ball in, after a neat pass by Jallet. Into the box, Menez produces a great diving header, but cannot get it goalbound.
PSG still dominating in the possession count as expected, as Ibarhimovic attempts to drop deeper to participate more. Towards Jallet, whose path is blocked by the returning Youssef Sabaly.
Now PSG attempt to turn the heat - literally. Menez bursts forward and plays a through ball towards Edinson Cavani, who gets caught up between Mensah and Mongongu. Hansen claims.
Salvatore Sirigu has had a quiet evening - last night, his second place in the all-time Ligue 1 ranking for most minutes without conceding was matched, and then beaten by Lille's Vincent Enyeama.
Ibrahimovic with a late challenge on Mensah - with his studs raised. He apologises to the defender, who seems to accept it, before pleading with the referee to book the Swede! Lionel Jaffredo, says no.
It remains 0-0 at Parc des Sports in Annecy, as Paris Saint-Germain struggle against the hosts. Neither side have had a clear cut chance so far, though
Reminder - Evian were the last team to "beat" Paris Saint-Germain in a competitive fixture. They prevailed on penalties in the Coupe de France in April to deny les Parisiens a historic French double.
Corner to PSG: Taken forward by Christophe Jallet, whose delivery connects with Mensah and Rabiot - well wide. Nevertheless, the referee has signalled for another corner.
Yellow Card D. Koné
YELLOW CARD - Kone: The Burkinabe midfielder gets the first booking of the night after a late challenge on 18-year-old Adrien Rabiot.
Youssef Sabaly makes a good run on the left, aiming to gauge an opening forward - unable to connect with Marco Ruben, who has been an invisible participant so far tonight.
Earlier tonight, there were red cards abound in Ligue 1 - though tonight's headlines were caught by Mickael Landreau, who made his 603rd appearance in the league - a new all-time record. He featured for PSG five years ago.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic causing some problems down the middle, but unable to test Evian goalkeeper Hansen. The hosts are faring well for now, but for how long?
Pascal Dupraz's men have struggled in recent weeks, including a 4-0 defeat to FC Lorient. With Montpellier's defeat earlier tongiht, they can move away and further up the table.
DJA DJEDJE! Another chance for the Savoyard outfit. A threatening cross from the right towards Modou Sougou - on loan from Marseille - sees the ball diverted over the bar!
In the early stages so far, PSG with the clear possession advantage, but Evian a danger on the counter-attack. Verratti and Matuidi holding onto possession well.
Avoiding defeat tonight will see PSG equal a club record of 27 games unbeaten in Ligue 1. Added incentive for Laurent Blanc's men.
The pressure mounts, as Digne and Menez continue to combine on PSG's left channel. Evian selling themselves short with ill-timed runs forward, leaving pockets of space in behind.
Now it's Paris Saint-Germain to really test the opposition defence. Towards Cavani, but his header isn't on target, and is fired over Hansen's net.
DJA DJEDJE!! What a chance for Evian! The chance comes and goes at breakneck speed! Ibrahimovic cannot connect well from a corner, and Evian burst forward. Matuidi the lone man beaten on the halfway line. Two against one, and the right-back fires over!
PSG struggling in the freezing temperatures. Digne tussles past Dja Dje Dje on the left and gets the ball into the danger zone. Cavani gets the chance, but Mongongu on hand to deflect it away.
PSG asserting dominance already in the chilly conditions. Rabiot with a delightful pass forward towards Cavani who can't get a neat grip on the surface. Evian get the ball away.
Daniel Wass - Evian's Danish midfielder - makes a good run on the right, holding off Lucas Digne to cross into the Parisien box, but nonetheless, the defence holds sway.
Lovely ball forward by Marco Verratti, who supplies a fantastic pass forward on the left channel. Menez makes a run - albeit from offside - with Digne on the overlap. The flag goes up.
Good movement from PSG, who as you would expect, will seek to press extensively, and do damage through the middle. Verratti tussles against Sorlin, and succeeds.
UNDERWAY in Annecy - Evian get us going in the first half, attacking from right to left. From the off, the hosts attack down the left wing, Youssef Sabali hitting the side netting.
The sides are out at a chilly Parc des Sports, as Evian aim to pull away from the bottom five. Kick-off imminent.
TEAM NEWS: Laurent Blanc rotates slightly, with Christophe Jallet and Blaise Matuidi returning. So does Jeremy Menez, as Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gregory van der Wiel are rested. For Evian, former Villareal forward Marco Ruben starts, ahead of the injured Kevin Berigaud.
EVIAN TG: Hansen – Dja Djédjé, Mongongu, Mensah, Sabaly – Koné, Sorlin (c), Tié Bi, Wass – Sougou, Ruben
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu - Jallet, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Digne - Rabiot, Verratti, Matuidi - Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Ménez
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS
This fixture last season was all known for the now infamous image of Carlo Ancelotti's rant at Marco Verratti, who was the first to be sent off. David Beckham also, was shown marching orders - as too Saber Khalifa, now at Marseille, and Salvatore Sirigu - who refused to receive his red card after the match had finished.
PSG though, won their last match-up with the Savoyard outfit, winning a tense game 1-0 in April - a match which virtually put them out of Marseille's reach. It was to be a controversial game though, with four red cards handed out.
Les Parisiens have a rocky recent history with Evian - who incidentally, were the last team to beat them in a competitive match - dashing their hopes for a domestic double with victory in the Coupe de France quarter-finals.
PSG sit one point clear of second placed LOSC Lille, who beat challengers Olympique de Marseille last night. The incumbent champions can restore their four point lead with victory at a chilly Annecy tonight.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of the Ligue 1 fixture between Evian Thonon-Gaillard and champions Paris Saint-Germain from the Parc des Sports in Annecy.
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