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April 13, 2014
• Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Referee: C. Turpin
• Attendance: 38096
J. Ferri 31'
90' + 3'
The seconds tick away for Lyon, who begin to wind down the clock in the corner of the goal. Briand and Lacazette expertly attempting to use up a few seconds of injury time.
90' + 2'
Lyon are set to record their first win over PSG since 2012, and their first home league victory since January 31, 2010. Gomis scored that evening.
90' + 1'
Into the first of four additional minutes at Stade Gerland, and it will feel like an age for the Gones fans!
Corner to PSG, lovely save from Lopes after a poor cross from Lucas Moura. Jeremy Menez on the overlap, but he fails to win a corner for his efforts as Lopes clears.
Tangle between Cavani and Umtiti, as the ball cannons off the face of the defender, as Lopes claims the ball with a welcome touch. Laurent Blanc looks exasperated on the touchline, his side look deflated.
PSG populate the edge of the box heavily as Lucas Digne and Jeremy Menez combine on the far side. Menez with a cross across the face of the goal, but it goes out for a throw-in.
PASTORE! Superb save from Lopes. Pastore does well to hold off Tolisso, and he hits it on the half-volley. Lopes spreads himself big to deflect the ball over the bar.
LUCAS MOURA! Close from the substitute! A speculative cross from the Brazilian flies agonisingly wide in front of Cavani, and Lyon breathe again!
SUBSTITUTION - Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette comes on for Nabil Fekir.
Menez scored the winner here last season to secure the Ligue 1 title for PSG. Can he make a similar impact? He has been booked within seconds. Meanwhile, Gonalons penalised for a foul on Cavani.
Yellow Card Jérémy Menez
YELLOW CARD - Jeremy Menez: The substitute has been on for all of 50 SECONDS, before he is booked for a strong challenge on Ferri.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Adrien Rabiot comes on for Alex.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Jeremy Menez comes on for Ezequiel Lavezzi.
PSG readying a double substitution as Laurent Blanc throws his last roll of the dice.
Victory for Lyon would close the gap to Saint-Etienne in fourth to just two points, as well as re-establishing their lead over fellow lumbering giants Olympique de Marseille in sixth.
Corner delivered into the danger zone and cleared by Bisevac, as Lyon continue to repel the visitors' advances. It really is a backs to the wall job here for OL.
Free-kick to PSG in a really good position on the edge of the area. Ezequiel Lavezzi over it, and the Lyon players look on with a bit of concern, but Anthony Lopes tips it behind for a corner with Motta on the line,
Lyon with a great spell on the ball now. Briand latches onto a fine through ball from Ferri, who has been outstanding. Towards Bedimo, who replaced Dabo moments ago, but the cross towards the penalty box is over-hit.
LAVEZZI! Chances aplenty now. Thiago Motta with a superb pass forward to pick out the Argentine, but he can only swing a leg at it, as it goes wide of Lopes' goal.
GOMIS!! Lyon with all the chance now. From the resulting corner, a devastating cross is played towards the far post. Gomis gets up above Digne, but heads onto the roof of the net.
FERRI!! What a strike, and what a save from Salvatore Sirigu. Lyon open up the visitors, and Ferri, goalscorer in the first half strikes from distance, as Sirigu performs a 'one for the cameras' save.
Tolisso does well to maintain his footing and deny PSG a chance at the other end. But OL counter at quick pace as Umtiti begins the counter attack.
BRIAND! Has been a little off tonight,but lovely chance from the forward. Lovely cross in from the right by Fekir, but Briand fails to connect with it well.
Free-kick to PSG, taken forward by Lavezzi, but it is not a good delivery by any means as Ferri clears at the first hurdle. 25 minutes to go at Gerland.
CAVANI! What a howler, but it was offside anyway! Lovely cross into the box from Digne, but Cavani is unable to turn it in. Towards Lavezzi, who is offside also, the Argentine taps it home. But the referee chalks off the goal.
FEKIR! What a chance for Lyon. Fekir does well to turn in Van der Wiel, and his shot cannons off Alex. Sirigu already commits, and is caught wrong-footed but the ball goes out for a corner.
Past the hour mark at Stade Gerland, and Lyon still ahead 1-0. Decent move from Tolisso on the overlap, but the move fails to materialise into something serious.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Blaise Matuidi is surprisingly the man to be replaced in favour of Lucas Moura. Pastore drops into midfield, and Moura is on the right of a three-man attack.
Lucas Moura getting ready to come on for Laurent Blanc's side. They've just not enjoyed much luck in the final third this evening.
Lyon continue to threaten the opposition as Fekir sets the burners on the left side of the pitch, and wins a throw-in near the corner flag.
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
YELLOW CARD - Thiago Motta: The PSG midfielder is booked for an unnecessary challenge on Jordan Ferri. He argues with referee Clement Turpin and is booked for dissent.
PSG continue to stretch the Lyon rearguard, as the full-backs get forward to try and hound the hosts into a mistake. Corner, as Bisevac denies Cavani, intercepting behind.
CAVANI! Wide. Decent cross from Lavezzi from out wide, as Cavani heads wide of Anthony Lopes' goal. Just not much of a threat through the middle.
SUBSTITUTION - Lyon: Samuel Umtiti replaces Baky Kone. Tough luck on Kone, with the Coupe de la Ligue final coming up.
Bakary Kone seems to have gone down unchallenged, and it looks like he is forced to go off. Muscular injury for Kone, it looks like a hamstring under a challenge from Cavani.
Foul on Yohan Cabaye, under a strong challenge from Mahamadou Dabo, as PSG win a free-kick. They've only been behind twice in Ligue 1 this calendar year.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! Lyon get us going, they attack from right to left in this half. Can they hold on?
HT: OL 1-0 PSG: Jordan Ferri's long range effort separates the two sides in an entertaining affair at Stade Gerland. PSG have come close, and have had a goal ruled out through Lucas Digne.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Into ONE additional minute at the end of the first half.
CABAYE! Lovely movement from PSG. Lovely cushioned touch from Lavezzi into the path of Cabaye, but the former Newcastle midfielder hits it early, sending it wide.
CAVANI! Good save by Lopes. PSG run into a bit of traffic, after spreading the play. Lovely from Pastore who tees up Cavani arriving on his left. The Uruguayan does well to turn onto his right, but the shot is saved.
Free-kick to PSG, delivered in by Lavezzi. The champions are unable to penetrate a solid Lyonnais defence at the minute, with the ball being cleared.
Arnold Mvuemba does well to claim the loose ball and drive forward, beating Pastore for pace, before picking up Dabo's run on the left. Lyon looking to consolidate possession, but not for long.
PSG (79pts,32 games) are attempting to chase down Lyon's 84 point record set in 2006 as the most points accrued in one Ligue 1 season. If they lose tonight, they still have five further games to beat the record.
Lucas Digne attempts to deliver a ball in from the left, but he is unable to, with Lyon doing their best to repel the opposition's advances. Ten minutes left in this first half.
PSG will be looking to seal the title as quickly as possible in what is already a record breaking campaign. They're 1-0 down, but expect Laurent Blanc's men to come up with a response
That has lifted the roof at Stade Gerland, a fantastic finish from Ferri. Lyon with the opening goal, and it is a massive boost. Can they hold onto it?
Goal Jordan Ferri
GOAL!! Lyon 1-0 PSG - Jordan Ferri!! What a moment for les Parisiens. First mistake from the champions. Lavezzi is dispossessed, and Ferri strikes it into the bottom corner. Fantastic. Wonderful!
LAVEZZI!! Scuffs the shot wide. Pastore gets the space once more, but lifts the ball towards his compatriot, who is in an offside position. Flag is up.
Pass statistic - Lyon 97-278 Paris Saint-Germain. Dominance on the ball by the champions.
Bit of frustration from the Lyon fans, as Bisevac is forced to hold up the ball for Lopes to claim, under pressure from Cabaye.
Space opens up for Javier Pastore who attempts to produce a smooth pass for Cavani ahead of him. Takes a deflection off of the defender and off of Tolisso, who clears.
Cavani working hard to help PSG move closer to the game's opening goal but Lyon's defence doing its job well as Tolisso clears the ball.
Free-kick to PSG after Gonalons slides into Cavani. Free-kick taken by Cabaye, in what can be regarded as Ibrahimovic territory, but there's no Ibrahimovic to take it. Cabaye slams it in the wall.
Slight dip in the tempo at Gerland as Lyon push forward to limit PSG's advances in the opposition half. Salvatore Sirigu has looked a bit jittery, and is forced to rush to claw the ball away from the penalty area.
Such is the enormity of the job at hand for PSG and owners Qatar Sports Investment, that a defeat for PSG tonight, and then in the cup final against the same opposition would surely end Blanc's previously strong tenure in the capital.
Lavezzi does well to open up a bit of space for the left-back Digne to run into, but the move eventually fizzles out after Lopes claims a lofted ball from midfield.
Lyon really threatening PSG on the counter. Lovely through ball from Jordan Ferri towards Gomis, who falls under the challenge of Thiago Motta, but no penalty is given.
Entertaining start here at the Stade Gerland with Olympique Lyonnais taking on PSG in the first of two games in six days between the two sides. PSG have had a goal chalked off, but Gomis is threatening.
Edinson Cavani ordered off for treatment after being on the receiving end of a strong challenge by Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons.
GOMIS!! A good start from the Lyon forward, who turns his marker Cabaye inside out and strikes powerfully towards goals. Punched away by Salvatore Sirigu.
BAFETIMBI GOMIS!! A chance for Lyon! The PSG defence suffers a lapse in concentration, as a bullish Gomis forces himself onto the ball but strikes narrowly wide of Sirigu's goal.
Lavezzi powers in from off the left, towards Cavani, who tees up Motta. PSG spreading play well in, now towards the far side with Pastore arriving. Eventually, Lyon clear their lines.
PENALTY? GOAL? Neither is given! Bizarre set of situations here. Edinson Cavani is played through and rounds the goalkeeper. He is upended by Lopes, but Lucas DIgne slots in the rebound. The referee chalks off the goal, then denies the penalty by calling an offside.
Van der Wiel making a bit of a nuisance of himself on the far side, as his cross leaves the Lyon defence at sixes and sevens, but the ball isn't picked up by a navy shirt.
PSG dominating in the early proceedings here at Gerland, as the hosts struggle against the champions. Lyon's youthful side are in for a long evening.
And it's Lyon who strike back through Bafetimbi Gomis who strikes from distance, at an awkward bounce, but it is met by a lovely save from Salvatore Sirigu.
CAVANI! Fantastic save by Anthony Lopes. PSG denied a fantastic chance in the first two and a half minutes of play. Lovely delivery from Van der Wiel met by Cavani's header, and it is clawed off the line by the goalkeeper.
Good start from les Parisiens, who are met by considerable boos from the Lyon faithful. Cavani latches onto a neat ball into the penalty box, but he is forced to play the ball backwards.
KICK-OFF! Underway at Stade de Gerland as Paris Saint-Germain get us started this evening, attacking from right to left.
PSG won the reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes 4-0 on December 1st, with PSG winning here 1-0 at Gerland to seal the 2012-13 Ligue 1 title.
TEAM NEWS: Alexandre Lacazette not in the starting line-up for Lyon, but it is due to rotation, with Lyon playing in their 55th game of the season. PSG meanwhile, are as expected, with the exception of Lucas Digne who replaces Maxwell.
LYON: Lopes - Dabo, Kone, Bisevac, Tolisso - Mvuemba, Gonalons (cap), Ferri, Fekir - Briand, Gomis
PARIS SG: Sirigu - Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva (cap), Digne - Motta, Matuidi, Cabaye - Pastore, Cavani, Lavezzi
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Meanwhile, Lyon will be hoping to cut the gap to Saint-Etienne in fourth to two points, following les Verts' 2-2 draw with Reims this afternoon. However, should they be defeated, Marseille will leapfrog them into fifth position.
Tonight's fixture is a dress rehearsal for Saturday's Coupe de la Ligue final, the first final of the French football calendar. Lyon play PSG, both in their fifth CdL final at the Stade de France next Saturday at 21:00.
Olympique Lyonnais also departed European competition this week, going down 2-1 to Juventus in Turin, but Remi Garde's injury-hit side will have reason to be cheerful, after a strong European showing.
It was a difficult week all round for les Parisiens, situations they don't often endure domestically. Following the euphoria of last week, they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat on the back of a sluggish performance against Chelsea to exit the Champions League on away goals, and at the quarter-final stage for the second year running.
It is the culmination of the 33rd week in Ligue 1, and Paris Saint-Germain could've wrapped up the title here had AS Monaco dropped points. But Monaco's 1-0 win over Stade Rennes put paid to those hopes, as PSG's aim of winning the league title at this venue for the second year in a row was denied.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of this evening's Ligue 1 clash between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade de Gerland.
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