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April 29, 2012
• Stadium Nord Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq
Referee: P. Vileo
• Attendance: 17262
E. Hazard 71'
N. Roux 79'
J. Pastore 48'
That's it from me this evening. Stay tuned to Goal.com for the match report, and all the news, views and reaction. Enjoy your night!
What a game, and Carlo Ancelotti's position as PSG boss might be under threat. His side have fallen five points behind Montpellier with four games left to play, with Lille now just two behind them! All shaping up to be a wonderful conclusion to the title race.
90' + 2'
FULLTIME! Lille 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain. A fatal blow in les Parisiens' title bid?
90' + 1'
Into two added minutes at a frantic finish at Stadium Lille Metropole - a result swung by a controversial red card for Sakho.
DE MELO!! Should've wrapped it up there. Another beautiful cross from the flank finds the lanky Brazilian whose on point header is whisked away by Sirigu. TOP SAVE!
Hazard is again at the forefront of all things Lille at the moment with another display of searing pace, yet his effort, albeit hesitated is blocked by the defender. Patrick Vieira of Man City must like what he sees.
Amazingly, Lille are (as it stands) two points behind PSG, and only seven points behind Montpellier. Could they really make a late charge to defending their Ligue 1 title? Montpellier have four tough games left.
Yellow CardDiego Lugano
We have another booking. This time it's for Diego Lugano for a bad challenge on Nolan Roux. Meanwhile, PSG have won only one of their last six away games. Title-winning form? No.
Six minutes left in this game, with Joe Cole booked by the referee for a late challenge. PSG have been known to score late on to rescue matches this season.
Yellow CardJoe Cole
PSG desperately attempting to find an equaliser as Tiene lofts in a free-kick, headed behind by Chedjou. Lille have everybody back to defend the ball.
The red card proved to be the vital turning point in this match as Lille come from behind to lead PSG 2-1. Ancelotti's men now five points behind Montpellier with four left to play. Massive dent in their title hopes.
What a substitution Nolan Roux turned out to be. His sixth goal for Lille, and in the few minutes he's been on the pitch, Roux has had a hand in both goals - winning the penalty and scoring!
GOOAALLL! LILLE 2-1 PSG! Fantastic, outrageous, sensational cross by Eden Hazard to find Tulio de Melo who heads on towards Roux who in turn directs past Sirigu! Wonderful move, and it was all from Hazard!
Lucky boy, that Mathieu Debuchy. He hacks down Guillaume Hoarau on the touch-line, and yet the referee only awards a free-kick. Remember, he was booked already.
Lille much more adventurous now what with the numerical advantage as Hazard weaves in and out of the Parisien defence. However, his ball in towards a team-mate finds no-one.
Replays show that the red card was a bit harsh on Mamadou Sakho, yet it justifies Ancelotti's decision to drop him in favour of Milan Bisevac. Meanwhile, De Melo is fouled outside the area by Matuidi.
A frustrated Ancelotti is forced to make a change with Nene coming off in place of Diego Lugano. Rudi Garcia roars on his side here, PSG must win this game - or face going further behind to Montpellier.
Penalty GoalEden Hazard
GOAL!!! LILLE 1-1 PSG! Eden Hazard nets his 17th league goal of the season with a well-taken penalty despite Sirigu going the right way. What a moment in the title race. PSG down to ten, and Lille equalise!
Red CardMamadou Sakho
It's a RED CARD for Mamadou Sakho. What a change in the game. Nolan Roux - just on- goes toe-to-toe with Sakho who was the last man, and the infringement occurs just outside the area. Penalty is given, and so is the red card.
PENALTY TO LILLE!!!
Substitution for Rudi Garcia's Lille. It's Dimitri Payet come off for Nolan Roux, giving Lille a sort of 4-2-2-2. Any point for the hosts would seriously dent PSG's title hopes.
Another chance for Lille, and it's passed them up again. A speculative ball lofted into the box finds Cole and De Melo, but neither can get the definitive touch onto the ball as the attack fizzles out.
That, somewhat surprisingly, was Gameiro's last involvement in the game as he is being replaced in favour of Guillaume Hoarau. Doesn't look best pleased, but a pat of the back from Ancelotti should make some amends!
GAMEIRO! Well, well, well - he should've made it 2-0 and that's a big chance that has passed up the capital side. Gameiro gets the better of Chedjou and fires goalwards. It looks like it's going in, but Landreau performs heroics in beating that away to his left.
DE MELO! Should've equalised. A wonderful delivery from Debuchy in towards Cole sees the Englishman fail to connect with the ball, yet it falls towards De Melo who takes a heavy touch, taking it away from him and in towards Sirigu.
Statistics show that PSG edge Lille in possession very slightly (49-51%) with the hosts creating nine chances compared to PSG's four.
Balmont and Pastore engage in a bit of handbags, with the referee ordering both players to keep it clean. Balmont had earlier taken the ball of Pastore, before the Argentine returned the favour as the Lille man kicked out in frustration.
Foul on Motta by Hazard, as we approach the hour mark in northern France. Lille are currently winless against teams in the top two (PSG & Montpellier) this season.
Joe Cole comes on for Lille, in place of Benoit Pedretti. Worth noting that England caretaker manager and Team GB boss Stuart Pearce is watching in the stands. A good performance here might see the on-loan Liverpool man return to the international scene.
Mavuba and de Melo attempt to interwine passes, yet it is intercepted by Sakho. Mavuba takes possession again, threading in towards Hazard who plays a neat ball through to Balmont. Payet takes the ball, but his shot cannot find the back of the net.
Could've been a lot worse for Rudi Garcia's side who almost went 2-0 behind. A lovely run from Pastore sees the Argentine feed Gameiro on the wing. The striker takes a little too much time, as his cross is blocked behind for a corner. Landreau saves that one with ease.
Yellow CardSiaka Tiéné
Second yellow of the game, and it is handed to Siaka Tiene who has gone in with a rash challenge on Debuchy.
Big moment in the Ligue 1 title race as Pastore puts PSG in front. They are, as it stands just two points behind Montpellier who still need to play Lille next week. What a start from Ancelotti's men.
GOOAALLL!! 1-0 PSG! Javier Pastore!!! His 11th goal in the league this season. A wonderful headed goal from Gameiro's threatening low cross which Landreau blocked in the path of the Argentine. Poor mistake from the les Dogues goalkeeper.
Eden Hazard already fouled upon kick-off in the second period. A statistic tells us he is the most fouled player in the division - a whopping 123 times! A man most marked.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! PSG get us started attacking from right to left.
Have any thoughts on the match? What do you make of Man City and England officials among the guests at the match? Send me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
An enjoyable first half in northern France, only lacking the most important ingredient - goals! Early chances from Tulio de Melo and Hazard caught Sirigu on his toes, before Javier Pastore went close, hitting the bar midway through the period. Seconds later, Hazard emulated the Argentine by rattling the woodwork from a long-range shot. It's HT, and it's 0-0.
HALF-TIME: Lille 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain.
45' + 1'
NENE! Blocked by Chedjou. A rare opening in the Lille defence is quickly capitalised on by the Brazilian top scorer of PSG, but an alert Chedjou refuses to be beaten, and gets the ball away with a well-taken block.
One minute added onto the end of the first half at Stadium Lille Metropole.
Seems to me that Milan Bisevac can't continue, and he is replaced by Mamadou Sakho. Lugano was thought to be coming on, but the French international is preferred.
PSG looking a lot more vulnerable at the back with the defensive quartet unable to contend with the threat of Eden Hazard and the industrious nature of Tulio de Melo.
It's all Hazard rather than it being all Lille at the minute. The Belgian wonderkid again proves to be the scourge of les Parisiens by finding minute amounts of space, yet his low cross in is almost cleared right in front of the goal-line.
It's opening up this one, as both sides step up their attacking intentions. Hazard - who is all over the place - pings in a delightful pass towards Pedretti who totally mishits the ball, and PSG clear hurriedly as Ancelotti vents his fury.
End to end stuff now as Lille break on the counter as Hazard shows his outstanding amount of pace to beat his marker and cross in towards Payet, though his cross is intercepted by Bisevac.
Gameiro breeaks and fires a structured shot against the chest of Digne. The striker's calls for a penalty are quickly dismissed as Chedjou clears under pressure.
Les Dogues knocking on the door with Tulio de Melo again causing a bit of havoc on the wing, yet his hurried cross fails to find a team-mate and is cleared by Alex.
Payet finds a spot on the left wing evading the challenge of Tiene, but fails to pick out a centrally-located Hazard with a first-time pass as the Ivorian recovers to gain possession of the ball.
Statistic for you lovely lot? Yeah, why not? PSG have only won on three of their previous 34 trips to Stadium Lille Metropole. Continuation of that record will see their Ligue 1 title hopes take a fatal blow.
HAZARD!! OFF THE POST!! What a strike, and it's PSG's turn to breathe a sigh of relief. A wonderful shot from Hazard about 25 yards out. Really, both sides should've had a goal.
OFF THE BAR! It's very close for PSG and Lille are lucky to escape that unscathed.Cleared off the line from Pastore's strike afterwards.
Yellow CardMathieu Debuchy
Lovely bit of skill from Nene in towards Pastore on the left, but the Argentine cannot keep the ball in play as it goes out for a goal-kick. 26 minutes in - it's Lille 0-0 PSG.
Might worth noting that Eden Hazard has never scored against Paris Saint-Germain in eight previous games.
HAZARD! Wonderful save from Sirigu, who emerges from the duel successfully! A wonderful flowing ball allowed the Belgian to run on one-v-one, and the Italian displays fine agility to come out on top.
PSG's suspect defence might derive from the fact that they haven't kept a clean sheet in ten league games. And it's telling as De Melo again gets a header on target. A cross from Hazard in towards the Brazilian, but his tame header poses no problems for Sirigu.
ALEX! In the hands of Landreau. First real chance for Ancelotti's side, and it's come from a set-piece. The Brazilian rises highest, but his connection with the ball lands in the goalkeeper's arms.
Voices of discontent as Mathieu Debuchy and Siaka Tiene chase a loose ball. The latter gets the final touch as it goes out for what is supposed to be a corner, yet the assistant orders a goal-kick.
Corner to PSG. Nene whips in a threatening ball, with Tulio heading away. Yet, Jallet is on hand to cross back into the box, with the ball going all the way towards Landreau.
PSG failing to even retrieve the ball from the clutches of les Dogues as an innocuous interception from Matuidi fails to materialise into a move. Meanwhile, Jallet draws a foul from Payet.
A marked drop in the tempo in the match after great chances from Tulio de Melo and Hazard. Rudi Garcia's men calmly pinging around the ball, and spreading the play.
England caretaker manager and Team GB boss Stuart Pearce in the stands this evening watching Cole. The midfielder stated his wish to continue in Ligue 1 next season, and is working towards a place in the squad at the London Olympic Games. He's on the bench, however.
Marko Basa goes down after an elbow in the face of Blaise Matuidi. The centre-back is in some pain, but returns to the field. Meanwhile, Joe Cole and Carlo Ancelotti have a brief chat on the touchline - they were both at Chelsea, remember.
It's a rather sloppy start from PSG, and their record at the Stadium Lille Metropole doesn't look good either. Winless in 11, whilst scoring just two times in the process. All points to a Lille home victory, one would presume.
DE MELO!! It's all Lille so far, and again they are denied by a great save from Sirigu. A beautiful driven header from the Brazilian looks to be creeping into the back of the net, but it's Sirigu who is at hand - literally - to thwart the hosts.
HAZARD! Wonderful free-kick, and it is equally saved in a neat fashion by Sirigu. It came powerfully at him, and at an awkward position, but the Italian goalkeeper blocks it away.
Yellow CardThiago Motta
Ohh! Crunching tackle from Thiago Motta on Benoit Pedretti. And the referee books the former Inter midfield man who protests his innocence. Free-kick to the hosts, some 35 yards away from goal. Hazard is over it.
Energetic start from the hosts as Hazard slips into a good position, overlapping with Balmont whose dipping cross headed away hurriedly by Alex.
Early free-kick given to the hosts, with Dimitri Payet going down under the challenge of Mohamed Sissoko. Salvatore Sirigu punches clear as the attack fizzles out
KICK-OFF! We are underway, Lille get us started attacking from right to left. PSG in their change strip of all white.
The teams are out in northern France, and the sun is setting. Moments away this one. Tonight's referee is Pascal Vileo.
Rafael Benitez and Patrick Vieira both spotted inside the Stadium Lille Metropole this evening. Patrick Vieira obviously being Manchester City's youth development executive. I wonder who he has his eyes on this evening.
TEAM NEWS: Lille star Eden Hazard has recovered from a knock, and features against the capital side, with youngster Lucas Digne and Tulio de Melo giving berths ahead of Nolan Roux and Frank Beria. Florent Balmont also starts in the heart of midfield. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti continues to use Milan Bisevac in place of club captain Mamadou Sakho with Kevin Gameiro preferred to Guillaume Hoarau.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu; Jallet, Bisevac, Alex, Tiéné; Sissoko, Thiago Motta, Matuidi; Pastore, Nene; Gameiro. SUBS: Douchez, Sakho, Lugano, Maxwell, Hoarau, Bodmer, Armand
LILLE: Landreau - Debuchy, Basa, Chedjou, Digne; Mavuba (c), Pedretti; Balmont, Hazard, Payet; De Melo. Subs: Enyaema, Cetto, Rozehnal, Bonnart, Cole, Roux, Bruno.
CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
Defender Sylvain Armand - who netted in the win over les Lionceaux, showed no concern ahead of tonight's showdown: "The mood in the camp is relaxed. It is better to prepare for a game like this on the back of a good victory. We need to maintain the same spirit and play as we have been doing to get a result there.
Meanwhile, PSG enter this game on the back of a 6-1 thrashing of Sochaux last weekend, and sit five points behind Rene Girard's high-flyers. Les Parisiens, with their handsomely assembled squad have only won four of their previous 11 league games under Carlo Ancelotti, but can move to within two points of Montpellier as the Ligue 1 title race hots up.
Last year's champions Lille find themselves in third place after a recent run of good form, and they still possess a faint hope of becoming the first team to lift back-to-back titles since Lyon four years ago. Les Dogues sit ten points behind leaders Montpellier, and five behind PSG with five games to go. A defeat tonight will end their hopes completely, whereas a win would severely dent the hopes of their opponents.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be taking you through proceedings from northern France. You can get involved in tonight's game by sending me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. I'll post them up too, OK? Great.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live text commentary from Ligue 1 this Sunday evening. It's a game which could have consequences on where the league title ends up in three weeks. It's Lille v PSG from Stadium Lille Metropole. Confirmed team line-ups shortly.
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