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January 25, 2014
• Stade du Roudourou, Guingamp
Referee: S. Ennjimi
• Attendance: 17623
M. Yatabaré 84'
FT: Guingamp 1-1 PSG: The league leaders are held! But they go six points clear ahead of AS Monaco in second.
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: Guingamp 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
90' + 1'
Into the first of two additional minutes at Roudourou.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Just over the bar. Assembe now under pressure, coming for the ball. Beaten to it by the Swede, but he fires it over the bar.
Can PSG go and seal the win? Fantastic delivery from the right by Lucas, and it was a brilliant header from Alex, despite pressure from the hosts defence. Free-kick PSG after Diallo lunges into Cavani, despite finding space.
GOAL! Guingamp 1-1 PSG - headed in by Alex! Poor defending. Assembe just didn't reach that. Woeful defending from the hosts, after what was a great display so far.
PSG are heading for their first consecutive losses since November 2012. What a story here unfolding at Stade du Roudourou.
WHAT A SHOCK! Guingamp, only their second league goal since the end of November, have taken the lead against PSG. Can they hold on? Only their first goal in the last five games.
GOAL!! GUINGAMP 1-0 PSG!! Finally, the perseverance pays off! From the corner, a fantastic delivery from the right by Alioui, and headed in by Yatabare!!
SUBSTITUTION - Guingamp: Jocelyn Gourvennec makes his second change. Atik off, Claudio Beauvue.
PSG beginning to pose a threat at the other end, as a loose ball ensures a scramble. Alex, being screamed at by the PSG assistant coach, can't get close, before Maxwell thumps it over.
SUBSTITUTION: Guingamp - Dembele makes his Ligue 1 debut, replacing Thibault Giresse.
Guingamp really do possess a great strategy over PSG. Really frustrating the champions here. They did so at the Parc des Princes, as PSG won 2-0, but only after two goals in second half stoppage time (90 2', 90 4')
Corner to PSG at the other end, conceded by Martins-Pereira. Towards the near post, cleared by Mathis, and out towards Lucas. The second delivery is well dealt with by Kerbrat again.
PSG really unconvincing at the back, as they clear the ball nervously, highlighted by Matuidi's really poor clearance away to Lucas Moura. Guingamp currently penning them in their own half!
CHANCE FOR GUINGAMP! Marquinhos forced to nervously slice behind for a corner. Drilled in by Giresse, and punched away over the bar by Sirigu. Another corner.
The cameras cut to a sullen Javier Pastore who is sitting on the floor with a blanket over his knees at Roudourou. Punishment for a below-par game?
Lucas with the first effort after coming off. Loses a bit of composure, and it's fired wide to the right of Assembe's net. He's just warming up!
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Lucas Moura is on for Javier Pastore.
Less than 25 minutes to go, as Thiago Motta marauds his way into the opposition box, but Guingamp hold firm as they clear the ball away through Mathis.
Lucas Moura warming up on the touchline, incidentally. Expect his introduction soon.
With Jeremy Menez and Lucas Moura on the bench, Blanc has some attacking options to really assist a flagging Paris Saint-Germain side. Very poor match in truth, here.
Free-kick PSG, after Ibrahimovic goes down. Taken by Thiago Motta, who delivers one in towards Alex. Powerful header from the centre-back, and it's easy for Assembe.
PSG were last involved in a 0-0 draw on 11th January 2013, against Ajaccio. Guingamp have had three in the last two and a half months, scoring one goal since November. And yet, it is they who have come closer.
Surely Laurent Blanc must be thinking of a change now. Still not closer to an opening here, with Javier Pastore being ruled way, way offside. Poor movement from the Argentine.
PSG would 'only' be six points clear of AS Monaco if they draw this game, with the Principality club facing troubled giants Olympique de Marseille at Stade Louis II tomorrow night in the feature game.
Referee Ennjimi has a bit of a problem here with Motta and Kerbrat going toe to toe over a disagreement, but that's over quickly as PSG start from the back.
Ibrahimovic with an effort from distance, but it's a good save by N'Dy Assembe. Neither of the top two strikers in Ligue 1 can unlock a surprisingly sturdy Guingamp defence.
GOAL! NO! Cavani slips the defender and strikes the ball into the net after a fine ball over the top by Thiago Motta. Neat finish, but it's chalked off by the linesman. Right call too.
Free-kick taken short by Verratti, rather cleverly. Not so clever was Pastore, whose touch - a little too heavy - ensured Guingamp were on hand to clear the ball away.
Yellow CardMoustapha Diallo
YELLOW CARD - Diallo. The Guingamp man is booked after a rash challenge on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Caught him late.
YATABARE! Close for Guingamp! From the off, Alioui - who has impressed this afternoon, delivers in a cross into the box for Yatabare to head over Marquinhos, and it flies just narrowly wide.
Underway in the second half. Guingamp 0-0 PSG.
A bit of an argument here as the players surround each other. Matuidi and Yatabare having what seems to be a debate over a penalty shout. But amid all of that, the half-time whistle has gone.
HALF-TIME: GUINGAMP 0-0 PSG.
The sides are out at Roudourou, as PSG seek to press on after a rather turgid first half, blighted only by Rachid Alioui's fantastic free-kick in first half injury time.
45' + 1'
ALIOUI!! WHAT A CHANCE! Salvaotre Sirigu made a real mess of that! Alioui's free-kick dips and it cames off Sirigu's foot and off the bar, right on the line!
Free-kick Guingamp on the edge of half-time here. Alioui standing over it.
Rain beginning to fall at Stade du Roudourou, as we approach half-time. Van der Wiel picks up the ball on the right flank, under challenge from Mathis. Towards Cavani, but a heavy pass sees the ball wide.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Finally opening up this one. Ibrahimovic, from deep, picks up a pass from Matuidi and lashes one goalwards from 25 metres out. Parried by Asembe, and cleared by Mathis.
Free-kick PSG, right outside the box. Ibrahimovic the victim of a late challenge from Kerbrat, but somehow, the referee has rescinded his original decision and awarded a corner.
Yellow CardMarco Verratti
YELLOW CARD - Marco Verratti. Once more, the customary Verratti booking makes an appearance to quell the rather flat atmosphere in this encounter.
CHANCE FOR GUINGAMP! At the other end, Yatabare evades the challenge of Van der Wiel and produces a low cross towards Alioui arriving in the box. He can't get a good connection on it, as Sirigu claims.
Corner to PSG. But once more, a poor delivery ensures that it doesn't trouble N'Dy Assembe in the Guingamp goal. Really poor forward play from the visitors this evening.
Really pedestrian football being played by these two sides, with neither team asserting authority in the midfield. One moment of magic can change this stalemate, let's hope it is soon!
Verratti plays an uncharacteristically poor pass towards Van der Wiel who cannot keep it in, as Guingamp concede a free-kick for a foul on Marquinhos.
Fans still making full voice despite neither side making any notable attacing moves in the last 10-15 minutes. Guingamp holding their nerve at the back.
Once more highlighting the disparity in possession with these two sides. PSG have made 283 passes to Guingamp's 90.
Sorbon intercepts well, and gets the ball away from the Guingamp defence. Played forward towards Yatabare, who is held by Alex, with the Brazilian conceding a free-kick.
PSG labouring here, with Van der Wiel getting on the ball for the first time in an advanced position. His cross fails, being headed away by the first defender, and cleared.
Cavani with the shot on the half-volley inside the box, and it comes off the arm of Jeremy Sorbon. Referee Said Ennijimi waves play on, though replays show that was the right call.
Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation (FFF) watching this one at the Roudourou. Still 0-0, though surprisingly, it is Guingamp who are the likelier of the two sides to open the scoring.
Still not a convincing defensive display from PSG, as Alioui's enterprising moves earns Guingamp a corner. Drifted in from the right by Giresse, it is headed away by Alex.
ALIOUI!! What a chance. And that was almost a sensational opening for Guingamp. The striker, making only his second Ligue 1 appearance strikes the ball out of the blue. Almost catches out Sirigu, but it's just wide.
At the quarter of an hour point, Guingamp have only managed about 30 passes, with the champions making five times that amount. While ball possession (78%-22%) is in PSG's favour, the scoreline isn't.
PSG regain possession after that poor free-kick, with the ball claimed by Marquinhos. Towards the path of Maxwell, but the left-back's cross flies well over the bar.
Free-kick awarded to PSG after a poor challenge from Diallo. It's about 33 metres out, in a rather central position. Only one man to take it. Ibrahimovic...........but it strikes the wall.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Close, just over the bar of Guy N'Dy Assembe's goal. Nice movement from the champions as the ball is fed to today's captain. Takes a touch, and lashes an effort over.
The game has already settled into a rather predictable tempo. PSG patiently moving forward, dominating possession, but still susceptible to counter attacking spells by Guingamp.
DIALLO! Poor header. He had space to really test Salvatore Sirigu there. After conceding twice v Montpellier from set-pieces, the frailties remain. Great delivery by Giresse, helped on by Diallo. It takes a nick off Cavani, and into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Guingamp pressing forward, as Atik links with Dos Santos down the right flank, with Alex forced to deflect the ball behind for a corner. All up for the hosts.
Ibrahimovic drops deep to start a move for PSG. In fact, he is the deepest player aside from the defence, as he links up with Matuidi, who feeds Pastore. Towards Maxwell arriving on the left, it is cut out by Atik, who warms up the crowd, racing past four players before being clipped by Motta.
Decent chance for PSG, as Thiago Motta pings a ball forward for Maxwell to give chase. Kerbrat turns it behind, though he is adamant it came off the defender. Corner to PSG, who are unsuccessful - twice.
UNDERWAY at a sunny, yet chilly Stade du Roudourou. Capacity crowd, with Guingamp attacking from right to left. PSG get us going, in their change strip of all white.
The sides are out at Stade du Roudourou. Can PSG extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1, with Monaco (sans Falcao) to face Olympique de Marseille tomorrow, and Lille drawing 1-1 with Rennes last night.
The two sides met, way back in August at the Parc des Princes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adrien Rabiot scored in the dying minutes to hand an average PSG side a 2-0 victory.
TEAM NEWS: With Ezequiel Lavezzi injured, PSG coach Laurent Blanc has instead opted for Javier Pastore, and not Lucas Moura on the forward line.
GUINGAMP: Ndy Assembe, M.Pereira, Sorbon, Kerbrat, Dos Santos, Mathis, Diallo, Atik, Giresse, Yatabare, Alioui.
PARIS SG: Sirigu-Van der Wiel, Marquinhos, Alex, Maxwell - Matuidi, Verratti, Motta - Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Cavani
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Meanwhile, Guingamp - who started the league season in decent form, have faltered of late. No league win in six, and registering just one goal since then. They are sliding down the table.
PSG are keen to bounce back from their shock defeat to Montpellier in the Coupe de France in midweek, with the champions registering only their third defeat this season, as well as their first home reverse since November 2012.
Good afternoon and welcome to live Ligue 1 coverage. Today's encounter sees EA Guingamp take on league leaders Paris Saint-Germain at Stade du Roudourou.
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