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October 27, 2012
• Stade Marcel Picot, Tomblaine
Referee: A. Castro
• Attendance: 18275
Z. Ibrahimovic 75'
All over in Nancy, and the hosts remain bottom. A late goal by Ibrahimovic sealed a nervy win for Ancelotti's men who now turn their attention to Wednesday's cup match against Marseille.
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: AS Nancy 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
90' + 4'
Freekick to Nancy, the goakeeper is coming up and Mollo needs a good delivery. Headed away by Sakho and that should be that.
90' + 2'
Menez streams down the wing once more, and this time gets the shot away as Assembe parries away for a corner. The hosts have little under 90 seconds to do something.
90' + 1'
Into FOUR added minutes in the Stade Marcel Picot. Can Nancy equalise late here?
And Menez leads the charge, racing down the left into a three against three situation - and it's Haidara who blocks him away in the box. Nervous moments.
Yellow Card Mathieu Bodmer
GRANGE! Fantastic save by Sirigu, who could've sealed the points here. Lovely curling attempt from the substitute who appears to be on the verge of an equaliser, instead it's beating away by Sirigu - but PSG are on the break here...
Efolou is brought down on the edge of the area, and Nancy have a brilliant chance here. Bodmer is booked for his challenge.
Paul Alo'o Efoulou
Desperate moments for the hosts who take off defender Joel Sami for Efoulou as the clock winds down. A defender for a striker.
Nancy need a goal here, but it is highly unlikely that they will get one. With only three league goals in ten games collectively, even goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has over three times as much. Very poor and profligate up front.
Ibrahimovic's power and strength has been a problem for Nancy, in an otherwise good showing against a surprisingly average PSG side.
Substitution for Nancy - Romain Grange is on for Lossemy Karaboue as we head towards the last few minutes here in Tomblaine.
Rabiot booked for a late challenge on Moukandjo - and the striker is feeling the effects of it. Harsh yellow for the 17 year old, but nevertheless, there is action on the touchlines.
Yellow Card Adrien Rabiot
Statistic -If PSG hold on, it would be their first win over Nancy since 2009, and their first in at this stadium since 2007. Finally overcoming the hoodoo.
PSG looking for a second as Pastore's effort is denied, and from the corner, Sakho's opportunity was hurriedly scrambled away by Joel Sami. A second goal would clearly kill away the Nancy resistance.
From the way Nancy have played here, you wouldn't think they would be bottom. But a defeat here would mean seven defeats and a draw in their last eight games. Beleaguered Jean Fernandez will need an equaliser here.
Nancy not letting this one get away from them, as they consistently push at the other end. Pastore and co. generally looking to keep possession to wind down the clock here.
Agonising for the Nancy faithful, after a really good attempt in suppressing the Parisian forwards - Ibra's 10th Ligue 1 goal of the season. As it stands, PSG would be three points clear.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOOALL!! IBRAHIMOVIC BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Oh, so unlucky for Nancy. Finally we have the deadlock, and it's Ibrahimovic who gets it! The chance almost went, after Puygrenier blocked it away, but the sheer strength of Ibra saw him hang onto the ball and fire a shot just past Assembe.
First Nancy change of the match - Thomas Mangani comes off for Haitian striker Jeff Louis for the last 18 minutes or so. Could he be the catalyst for a shock Nancy lead?
BODMER! All wrong. Totally wrong. It's a good corner, whipped in from the wing. Bodmer connects with it, and slams it wide for a throw-in.
Menez becoming more involved along with young Adrien Rabiot on that left fank on the far side. A lofted ball finds Ibrahimovic, who cannot get past Andre Luiz. Gets a corner after Mollo clears away.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Fantastic shot, and it's nestled on the top of the crossbar. It was Menez who opened up the defence with a mazy run, finding the big Swede who let fly. Not too far away at all.
Free-kick to Nancy, just 22 metres out after a foul on the edge of the area. Mollo delivers it in, but it's headed away by his own team-mate, before it's nullified by Sakho.
Another look at Goal.com's Match Centre - all the statistics apart from possession and passing total seems to be a very equal number. PSG edging 58% to 42% on possession, with both sides averaging close to 88% completion.
Yellow Card Yohann Mollo
Physical play becoming more prevalent in France, as Yohan Mollo sees yellow after a poor tackle on Gregory van der Wiel. Less than 25 minutes to find a winner.
A Nancy player goes to ground, and requires a few seconds. Free-kick delivered into the danger zone, helped on by Puygrenier, but it's cleared away.
MATUIDI! How close was that? Fantastic chance for Les Parisiens as the midfielder smashes in a low shot towards the side-netting. Carlo Ancelotti's men frustrated.
Yellow Card Salif Sané
Ibrahimovic gone to ground, and wants a yellow card shown to his marker. As it is, Salif Sane gets a booking from Olivier Thual - the second of the game.
Moukandjo having an attempt to force an opening, though his low shot is well saved by Sirigu. Good movement once more, positional play has been a highlight from a hosts' point of view.
Good fact - Should PSG draw, the winner of tomorrow's Ligue 1 match of the weekend - the 'Olympico' clash between Marseille and Lyon, will assume top spot in the table.
Rabiot attempts a cross, which takes a deflection off a defender for a corner. It's taken by Menez, and headed on by Sakho, as it's scrambled away by Andre Luiz.
Sylvain Armand attempts a cross, but it is poor, under the pressure from the hosts' resolute rearguard. Les Parisiens need a win here to get a lead over on Marseille at the top of Ligue 1.
Hammar! Close from Nancy - who are pressing. Karaboue once more at the forefront, as Sami crosses in from deep to find the forward, who cannot get a good touch onto it.
Mollo does well to get away from the Dutchman, but his ball in towards Franco-Algerian Hammar, is poor as Matuidi resumes control. Karaboue's progress on the flank is curtailed by Van der Wiel.
Van der Wiel pushes up on the wing, finding Pastore in the middle, but a resolute Nancy defence holds sway at the minute on this artificial pitch. Mollo makes way on the wing.
MENEZ! Oh dear me. He is quite the dribbler, but his finishing is way off at times. Fantastic movement by Matuidi who powers through the defence, laying off the winger. Menez cuts in, and curls the ball - going wide. Should be 1-0.
Quite a physical start in this second half, as the temperature plunges even further (the clocks go back tonight!) - PSG concede a free-kick after Mangani tumbles.
Another substitution - it's 17 year old Adrien Rabiot on for Kevin Gameiro in the other change at the break.
AWAY WE GO! And not a surprise decision - Mathieu Bodmer is on for Marco Verratti - who might not have stayed on to see full-time, already on a booking, and close to a red card.
Players are out for the second half, and they are looking absolutely freezing - shivering even. It's just over 3C in France at the moment. Matuidi has appeared for the second half it appears.
@Crats_Joselu back for more on Twitter: With the way things are going..I retract my comment. I Am still rooting for PSG win - 0-1 Ibra - send your comments on Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
In tonight's other games so far it's Toulouse 2-0 Brest, and Stade de Reims 1-0 ESTAC Troyes. Montpellier are 0-0 against Saint-Etienne whilst Sochaux-Evian is postponed. Join me back here for the second half in 10 minutes - keep the conversation going on Twitter @mohammedali_93.
It's been an entertaining half here - you wouldn't even think it was top against bottom in Ligue 1. Nancy raced out of the blocks early on, even smacking the post inside the first three minutes. They've had decent openings, but PSG have largely been kept at bay - even with two wonderful saves by Assembe.
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME: AS Nancy 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain
45' + 2'
Pastore jeered, as Moukandjo makes headway down the wing. Meanwhile, Ancelotti sends Rabiot to warm up once more - can we expect a half-time substitution?
45' + 1'
Ibrahimovic powers through the middle here, but it's a fantastic dispossession by Salif Sane, as Nancy once more look for a late chance in this first half.
Verratti with a fine pass over the defence, and finds Gameiro, but the ball sails out for a goal-kick. THREE minutes added onto the end of the first-half here at Stade Marcel Picot.
A waste - it was a four against three situation, but a misplaced pass saw Sylvain Armand find the safety of Sirigu. A minute to go before half-time in Tomblaine.
Another corner to Paris Saint-Germain. To be taken by Jeremy Menez - it's crossed in deep, but headed away by Puygrenier... Verratti is down, but Nancy are on a counter-attack!
Poor Salvatore Sirigu - being terrorised by toilet paper just behind the goal. Nevertheless, PSG surge forward, and win a corner - in which Gameiro misses an opportunity.
@Crats_Joselu on Twitter: I think the side from Paris will scramble the match 0-2 Verratti & T silva
Well, isn't Marco Verratti a lucky boy - he should be off here, as he slides in on Hammar once more. Despite protests, he is allowed to stay on. Free-kick taken by Haidara, and it's narrowly over the bar.
HAMMAR! High and wide, amid a good move from the hosts. Pressure tells once more, as he is laid off by Karaboue with a backheel, but goes for the top corner - Sirigu harmlessly watches it over.
MATUIDI! Over once more. Great movement by the midfielder, who is nursing a knock, having limped during the early stages. But he latches onto a cross, but leaning back, he fires it over Assembe's goal.
Verratti - who was suspended for last week's win v Stade de Reims is again treading lightly. Another rash challenge on Hammar goes unnoticed. One more, and it's a red card.
GAMEIRO! Fantastic save by N'Dy Assembe. The goalkeeper pulls out another fantastic reflex stop to deny the striker. A free-kick falls into the path of Gameiro, who beats the defence, and looks likely to score, but somehow the goalkeeper parries.
Marco Verratti is booked for a rash challenge - but seconds later, he gives away another free-kick. Already on a yellow, he is calmed down by Sakho, who recognises the Italian's displeasure.
Yellow Card Marco Verratti
Free-kick to Nancy, and it's a hurried delivery as the defence holds sway. Remember, PSG have a lost three, drawn three record in recent games against Nancy - they haven't won here since 2007
Brilliant stop by N'Dy Assembe, who pulls out a stop to deny the visitors. From the corner, it's helped on by Sakho, and it's point-blank by the GK, before being cleared by Puygrenier.
First movement in the Nancy half by PSG as Pastore bamboozles Haidara and changes course, turning into the penalty area. His low cross in is gobbled up by Guy N'Dy Assembe.
Matuidi is making an effort, despite Rabiot warming up - but les Parisiens still being forced out in the middle - Ziri Hammar finds an inch o pace and fires goalwards - over the bar.
Corner to Nancy as Mollo bombs down the wing, and his speculative cross is blocked by Thiago Silva. The cross meanwhile, is far better this time around - in fact, it's headed away by Marco Verratti on the goal-line!
Corner to Nancy, but a short delivery towards Karaboue is poor, and ultimately pushed back out of the Parisian half. 20 minutes gone in Tomblaine, and it's 0-0.
MOLLO! Over, and another signal of intent from the hosts. The inger goes close, but lifts his shot slightly, which brings it no harm to Salva Sirigu.
17 year old Adrien Rabiot warming up beside the artificial pitch - Matuidi is limping and will surely be substituted. Midfield problems rise for the visitors. Unusual, given their vast resources.
Blaise Matuidi goes down under the challenge of Karaboue, and it appears he needs some medical attention. PSG's injury list growing as they face Marseille next in the Coupe de la Ligue.
An early look at the Goal.com MatchCentre stats, provided by Opta - Nancy have won a staggering 85% of the duels so far, just nudging possession by 52% to 48%. Both sides have won 100% of their tackles. Have a look at the stats, by clicking on the Match stats tab, and comment to your right using the chatbox. Alternatively, you can tweet me @mohammedali_93.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1 - there are four other matches going on including Montpellier's game against Saint-Etienne. The fixture between Sochaux and Evian TG is postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
Ouch! Haidara gets a kick to the midriff by Gregory van der Wiel - who is yet to fill PSG's fans with optimism after a few poor displays. Nevertheless, it's a free-kick for Nancy, about 40 yards out.
HAIDARA! Good take by Sirigu after the 19-year-old attempts a fizzing low attempt towards the Italy goalkeeper. Les Parisiens' defence aren't exactly doing their job at the minute.
Carnage in the PSG box, as Nancy cause more trouble up front. A loose ball is controlled by Mollo, who is intercepted, but Sakho appears to have caught Andre Luiz in the box, without going for the ball. Nevertheles, it is hurriedly cleared.
Mollo is fouled, and the cousin of Marseille's Andre Pierre Gignac - delivers it well, but it's headed away by Thiago Silva.
It's PSG ho are now controlling the midfield as Verratti picks up possession from Ibrahimovic, and the Italian - who turns 20 next week - duly returning the favour. Ibra unable to get a shot away though.
Good movement by Massadio Haidara on the wing, as he attempts to force out an opening. Reports in French media this morning had earmarked the full-back as a possible January signing for les Parisiens.
Carlo Ancelotti's side are feeling the pressure as they struggle to assert some authority in this fixture. Remember, Nancy have not lost to the visitors since 2009.
MOUKANDJO!! HE'S HIT THE POST! Wow, PSG are already on the back foot. Moukandjo surges forward from the centre, and lets fly from outside the box. His effort crashes against the post and goes out.
Early signs of pressure from the Nancy forwards, as Sakho is forced into a rather short back-pass towards Salvatore Sirigu who hurriedly clears - Lossemy Karaboue looking good already.
AWAY WE GO! Top v Bottom in France - and it's Nancy who race out of the blocks first, as Yohan Mollo races down the wing.
PSG make four changes from the side that beat Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. In all, the formation looks very much like a 4-1-2-1-2 or 4-4-2 diamond.
The sides are out in Tomblaine with PSG in their very smart looking third kit of all-red. Pre-match presentations underway.
Tonight's referee is Olivier Thual. Kick-off at the Stade Marcel Picot is just five minutes away - in the mean time, why not drop your predictions in the interactive chatbox on the Goal.com Match Centre? I'm personally going for a 1-1 draw.
AS NANCY-LORRAINE: N'Dy Assembe; Sami, Andre Luiz, Puygrenier, Haidara; Sane, Mangani, Hammar; Moukandjo, Karaboue, Mollo
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Sakho, T Silva, Armand; Matuidi, Verratti; Pastore, Menez; Gameiro, Ibrahimovic
CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
Nevertheless, do not be surprised if Nancy manage a result in this game - if recent history is anything to go by. ASNL achieved an unlikely 2-1 win over PSG in this fixture back in March, ultimately derailing the visitors' title hopes. Nancy also won 1-0 win against PSG at the Parc des Princes in November 2011. They were the only side to do the double against them last year
Nancy sit bottom of the table, having won just one of their nine league games to date. They have also scored a league-low of just three goals. Moreover, Jean Fernandez's men were unbeaten after week two, but have since lost six games on the trot, before arresting that record with a 1-1 draw with Sochaux.
PSG travel to the Marcel Picot aiming to go clear at the top of Ligue 1. They beat Reims last weekend, and coupled with Marseille's shock defeat to Troyes, they top the pile only on goal difference.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's encounter. Feel free to send me your messages, comments, musings and opinion throughout via three ways. Firstly, take advantage of the new Goal.com Match Centre. Send in your comments in the all-new chatbox to the right, and interact with fellow football aficionados. Also, send us your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. Brilliant
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! coverage from Ligue 1. Tonight sees league leaders Paris Saint-Germain take on AS Nancy at the Stade Marcel Picot. Confirmed team news to come.
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