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September 2, 2012
• Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq
Referee: R. Buquet
• Attendance: 32707
A. Chedjou 12'
Z. Ibrahimovic 1', 21'
That's it from me this evening, stay here on Goal.com for the match report and the rest of today's scores and match reports from across Europe. Good night!
Carlo Ancelotti has his first win of the campaign, and it was all sealed in a manic first half. The second half was a rather dour affair, but the first 45 minutes was a real advert for Ligue 1 football. Zlatan has two, four overall as PSG move into the top 10 with six from a possible 12.
90' + 3'
FT: Lille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: It's a first win of the season for PSG
90' + 2'
Lille with a final assault on the PSG goal, as Landreau clears his lines all the way towards Tulio, but Alex remains wary, and nullifies the threat accordingly. One minute left.
90' + 1'
The answer is no. Chedjou fires it over the bar. Three minutes added onto the end of the second half.
Free-kick to Lille as Rabiot lunges in on Marvin Martin, who has successfully been contained tonight by Matuidi and Motta. 30 metres out this one, can it be the source of the equaliser?
Ibrahimovic takes a free-kick from distance, and it's charged down by Gueye, before the referee gives a free-kick to Lille after Gameiro is reprimanded for a push. Entering the final few minutes in France, and it's Lille 1-2 PSG.
Les Dogues still knocking on the door, with not long remaining here. A dramatic equaliser will surely lift them, but Tulio de Melo's header is easily saved by Sirigu. Another chance is spurned.
IBRAHIMOVIC! IT'S TIPPED OVER THE CROSSBAR! Wonderful save by Landreau as Ibrahimovic's powerful header almost creeps into the net. Six minutes to find his hat-trick.
Nice to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing with a smile on his face for once, with the usually sullen-faced striker putting his side well on their way to a first league victory since May.
Chedjou has been a real rock for Lille, despite being at fault for the second goal (after scoring the first also). Matuidi is through on goal after playing a one-two with Nene, and the Cameroonian is positioned well to nullify the threat.
However, the former Roma man is being attended to, and has remained on the ground. Medical staff are on, but he has been replaced by Kevin Gameiro. Menez stands up a few seconds later unaided!
Nene gets his first shot of the game, and it's poorly taken, easily blocked by Aurelien Chedjou. Moments later, the Cameroonian takes the ball with a wonderful tackle to deny Menez.
A late surge from Lille, and they are starting to dominate almost completely here. On the balance of play, they do deserve at least a point, but they've failed to successfully get past Alex and Sakho so far.
15 minutes to go, and it's new Lille signing Ryan Mendes who is coming on. He joined this week from Ligue 2 side Le Havre, and thrust into the biggest match of his career already. Could he provide the answer?
Rudi Garcia's men still threatening, as les Parisiens look to consolidate their current lead. Marvin Martin finds space on the edge of the box, but his delivery in is cleared by the defender. They're failing to find an answer currently.
Substitution: Marco Verratti departs to a 93% pass completion rate in this game, second only to Rio Mavuba. Adrien Rabiot takes his place alongside Motta and Matuidi
Entering the final twenty minutes or so in northern France, and PSG are on the verge of their first Ligue 1 win of the season. Another substitution however.
GUEYE! Oh it's close. What a save by Sirigu, but it has been ruled offside. A prolonged period of possession for Lille sees Martin and Payet combine before threading a pass to the midfielder, who is free on goal before the whistle goes.
Substitution for both sides. A decent game from Nolan Roux, who was booked moments ago, and he is replaced by Tulio de Melo. Meanwhile, Javier Pastore is unsurprisingly hauled off for Nene.
This could be Carlo Ancelotti's last game in the PSG dugout for a while. The Italian will be summoned to the LFP's disciplinary committee on September 13 for his actions against Ajaccio two weeks ago. He could face a touchline ban of several games.
Yellow CardNolan Roux
MARTIN! Another chance goes begging for Lille. It's a four against three situation, with Payet laying off the former Sochaux man on the wing, before the latter's cross has been cleared by Sakho
More substitutes warming up beside the touch-line, with the likes of Nene and Sylvain Armand tipped to come on for Carlo Ancelotti's side. Into the last half an hour here.
IBRAHIMOVIC! CLOSE! The Swede picks up the ball outside the area, and after surveying his options, lets fly from distance. It's not far at all, evading Landreau's crossbar by a couple of inches.
Ooh, Dimitri Payet with an arm to control the ball, and it's been spotted by the referee. He's been ticked off. Lille need to start creating chances which can be converted. Despite successful wing-play, the attacking forays down the middle have been poor.
Lille have begun this second half in assured fashion, but again, the end product is lacking. Nolan Roux whistled offside after moving a fraction too early.
KALOU! Close from Lille, and Sirigu is forced to punch away before its cleared for a corner. It's poorly dealt with by the defence, and the former Chelsea forward almost has it in the net. The resulting corner is wasted.
A speculative cross from Payet on the wing, feeds the ball into Sirigu. The visitors meanwhile have scored their first two goals since matchday one, with Ibrahimovic accounting for 100% of les Parisien's goals.
Goal.com's Robin Bairner: Ibrahimovic's goal for PSG tonight not the quickest in the history of France's top flight. Michel Rio of Caen scored in 8 seconds (1993).
A combative opening moments for les Parisiens who immediately assert their authority, taking possession and keeping hold of it. Free-kick awarded to the hosts after Jallet's poor tackle.
Substitution already for Lille, and it's an attacking one. Salomon Kalou comes on for Benoit Pedretti to give the hosts more attacking options in the final third.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! A big 45 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain, can they hold on?
What a half at Grand Stade Metropole. Truly breathtaking stuff as Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues his good form in France, scoring twice - one in the opening 26 seconds - as Lille struggle to contain him. Rudi Garcia's men scored through Chedjou, but they have work to do.
45' + 1'
Half-time: LILLE 1-2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Yellow CardThiago Motta
ONE MINUTE ADDED ONTO THE END OF THE FIRST HALF
Free-kick to Lille, and another yellow card for Thiago Motta, after a late challenge on Payet. A minute to go until half-time, plus any stoppages.
ROUX! Close from Lille. Could've been 2-2. Dimitri Payet shows quick feet and great dribbling to get past Jallet, and his cross in causes problems as Roux slides in on Sakho and Sirigu. The referee gives a free-kick.
Chace Lorans comments: "Ibra is in the mood" - he most certainly is after a virtuoso first half performance. Could've had his hat-trick already!
What are your thoughts on a scintillating first-half at Grand Stade Lille Metropole? Tweet me your thoughts to @mohammedali_93 or leave your comments at the bottom of the page.
IBRAHIMOVIC! The Lille defence are failing to track his movements as the former AC Milan striker is allowed to run free once more. It's Landreau to the rescue this time, with the goalkeeper rushing off his line to clear the ball.
Bit of a moment from Chedjou who is not pleased after a challenge by Verratti, with the Cameroonian throwing the ball at the Italian. Seven minutes left in this half.
Poor decision from Payet. Roux goes on a brilliant run to position himself, and the Frenchman fails to find him before he is dispossessed. Frustrating moments for Lille
IBRAHIMOVIC! And it wasn't that far away at all, despite a deflection. Corner to the visitors. To be taken by Menez.
Free-kick to PSG, 25 metres out after a foul on Matuidi. Ibrahimovic is over this..
First yellow of the game for the ex-Pescara man, Marco Verratti, after a late lunge on Payet. Meanwhile, Roux decides to take on Jallet, and loses, with the ball harmlessly trickling out of play.
Yellow CardMarco Verratti
Marco Verratti has looked ever-so-composed in the heart of midfield, and his statistics reflect that. A 91% pass completion rate, having recorded the most passes in the game thus far. Meanwhile, Pastore and Ibrahimovic strike a superb relationship once more, before Mavuba takes control.
Menez does well to trick his way past Beria, though the header to keep it in his possession means the ball flies out of play unluckily. It's been a crazy half an hour in northern France, as PSG lead 2-1 thanks to an Ibrahimovic double.
Verratti lays off Jallet on the right-hand side, before the PSG captain is given the time and space to roam freely. A fantastic delivery from the wing meets Ibrahimovic, who heads over. Could've had a hat-trick in half-an-hour.
Menez was the last man, alongside Lucas Digne, though the PSG man went straight to ground, with the referee awarding the free-kick the other way. Good decision.
Lille struggling to negotiate a way past the back four in open play, and they may find themselves in trouble here as Jeremy Menez bombs clear.....
Martin floats the ball in from distance, but Chedjou with his back to goal, fails to get a clean hit on it, under pressure from Mamadou Sakho. Sirigu claims easily.
Menez lucky not to be booked. A second late challenge on the same player with no intention to get the ball. Free-kick to Lille.
And it's Menez showing some pace on the far side, however his final ball is tamely into the hands of Landreau. Meanwhile, the same player is reprimanded for a barge on Payet.
Another sucker punch for Rudi Garcia's charges. They've been the dominant side in this first half, but Ibrahimovic has had two chances, and two goals to boot already! He's now Ligue 1's leading scorer with four.
GOALL!! Out of nowhere! Ibrahimovic starts the move, and finishes it with aplomb. Lovely bit of play with Pastore in midfield, and a deft one two followed by a chip over Landreau. Excellently worked goal. Unbelievable from the Swede.
Oh, that's an incorrect decision. Lovely bit of play between Inrahimovic and Javier Pastore, with the ball being threaded through to the former, before being held back offside. Wrong from the referee.
That was Aurelien Chedjou's seventh Ligue 1 goal since the start of last season according to Opta. Meanwhile, on the pitch, Benoit Pedretti threads a pass into Martin, with Roux finishing off the move with a tame effort which is saved easily by Sirigu.
Hard to believe only 16 minutes have passed, but already Lille have had five shots, of which three have been on target. It's been high-octane, it's been unrelenting, and it's been chaotic so far. PSG have offered little since their goal.
Ohh, lovely moment from Payet who skills his way past Thiago Motta. The fast start in this match may have been due to the circumstances of this fixture last season in May. PSG subsequently lost the title after Mamadou Sakho's red card led to Lille coming back to win 2-1, thanks to Eden Hazard's heroics.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks on sheepishly, as it was his missed interception which led to the goal from Lille. Meanwhile, Nolan Roux attempts to cause more havoc up front, but Alex gets the ball away quickly.
GoalAurélien Chedjou Fongang
GOAALL!!!!! AURELIEN CHEDJOU LEVELS! It has been coming for the hosts, who have been unrelenting in their pressure since going behind. The corner meets the rising head of Chedjou who beats Ibrahimovic to the ball, and it sails past Sirigu. 1-1.
Another nervy moment for Paris Saint-Germain, a deft ball in from the left bamboozles Jallet totally, as Roux sneaks in to pull the trigger, before an almighty tackle from Sakho. Corner.
NOLAN ROUX! What an effort, seconds after a free-kick from Payet failed to materialise, the former Brest striker's effort almost pays dividends. The visitors may be ahead, but it is Les Dogues who are threatening most.
A fervent home side are roaring on their side, who are beginning to pick themselves up after Ibrahimovic's opener. Menez fouls Payet on the far side, and it's a free-kick.
Rudi Garcia's shellshocked side are attempting to get back into this match as quick as possible. Dimitri Payet lays off Nolan Roux on the far side, but nothing of note comes from it.
Lille are stuck in a bit of a malaise, and replays show that Menez has a case. Basa pushed him with two hands off the ball. At the other end, Martin chases a loose ball which is intercepted by Mamadou Sakho. Catch a breath folks, this is unbelievable stuff.
The tempo has died down a little, but it's about to be cranked up again as Christophe Jallet bombs down the right-flank, alongside Ibrahimovic and delivers a fine ball in towards Menez, who is hauled down by Basa. No penalty.
26 seconds represents the fastest Ligue 1 goal this season, and a great start for PSG, who have traditionally failed away to Lille, more on that later. Meanwhile, a free-kick from deep is flicked on, as Sirigu is forced to tip over.
What a start from Les Parisiens. Lambasted for the past month, and they've responded in the best possible way. A fine passage of play, and Ibrahimovic danced past his opponents to tuck the ball past Mickael Landreau.
UNBELIEVABLE! A GOAL ALREADY!!! ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC!! A goal inside 26 seconds as the Sweden international stuns Lille!!
UNDERWAY IN LILLE! PSG in their away strip, attacking from right to left.
So, predictions, musings, comments and more - send them over to Twitter @mohammedali_93, or by commenting below in the chatbox at the bottom of your page. Do you think PSG will finally win? Or can Lille dent PSG's credentials once more?
This is the third game in Lille's brand spanking new 50,000 seat arena in the northern French city. However, there will be just 30,000 fans allowed in, with authorities keen to reduce the security risk, with a popular market also holding their event on the same day.
Substitutes: Elana, Rozehnal, Sidibé, Balmont, Kalou, De Melo, Mendes.
LOSC LILLE METROPOLE: Landreau - Digne, Beria, Basa, Chedjou - Pedretti, Gueye, Martin, Mavuba (c) - Payet, Roux.
Substitutes: Douchez, Camara, Armand, Rabiot, Hoarau, Nene, Gameiro.
CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
Carlo Ancelotti will be under some pressure if the capital club fail to win this weekend, one would imagine. With Gregory van der Wiel expected to arrive to join Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Thiago Silva amongst others, les Parisiens will be hoping to finally get their first three points of the season against a side many believe to be their direct rivals for the title.
Lille will be buoyed by their Champions League qualification against FC Copenhagen in midweek, and as such, would be favourites against a sluggish PSG side who are yet to win their first game of the season. Rudi Garcia's side are a formidable outfit at home two, with PSG winning just three of the 35 meetings in this fixture.
Let me introduce myself first, my name is Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through all the action over the next 90 or so minutes. Get involved as always on Twitter - you can follow Goal.com International @goal_intl, or send them to @mohammedali_93 or via the comments section at the bottom of the page. Understood? Let's move on.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary of Round Four in Ligue 1. It's Lille against Paris Saint-Germain, the big game in France this weekend, and it's live from the Grand Stade Lille Metropole. Confirmed team-news shortly.
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