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October 7, 2012
• Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: T. Chapron
• Attendance: 40748
A. Gignac 17', 32'
Z. Ibrahimovic 23', 25'
THAT'S IT! What a game. Marseille remain top of Ligue 1, and will be happy with their display. PSG were lethargic in the second half, and perhaps should've been defeated here. I'll be back for France v Japan on Friday, until then - from me, Mohammed Ali, good night!
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: Olympique de Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain. Great game.
90' + 1'
Into TWO minutes of added time, as a wayward Van Der Wiel cross picks out Mandanda instead.
Jallet chips in a delightful ball from the wing, and finds Ibrahimovic who is just, JUST offside.
Ayew surges down the right wing, picks out Remy in the box with a low teasing cross, and it's deflected away by Thiago Silva.
Petering out this one, as the defences hold sway. Neither side wants to lose from here, and whilst a point wouldn't be the best result for either, it does help for Marseille, who remain top of the table.
Oh, half-chances all around, as OM spurn another one. Decent ball in from Morel, and Valbuena mis-controls it, despite being in a favourable position.
As we await a free-kick to be taken by N'Koulou for a foul on Chantome - I'd like to give you the presidential predictions. Incumbent Francois Hollande had previously plumped for Marseille to win, whilst predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy is a die-hard PSG fan. Interesting.
Marseille are knocking on the door, as Valbuena floats in a free-kick and it's aptly headed away by Alex. Kabore fails to get the ball back into the danger zone.
Oh, pretty close to PSG taking the lead here. Great ball, as Gameiro attempts to get past N'Koulou, but the offside flag curtails his progress.
Final substitution for the hosts - and it's goalscorer Andre-Pierre Gignac who is off to rapturous applause. He's replaced by the dangerous Loic Remy - scorer in this fixture last year.
André Pierre Gignac
Ayew finds Gignac on the wing, and his low cross in is blocked not once, but twice by Maxwell. OM are on top, and are threatening here.
Yellow CardRafidine Abdullah
Yellow card for Rafidine Abdullah who gets a yellow card with a poor tackle on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Last quarter of an hour at the Velodrome, and it's still finely poised as Marseille struggle to get past the back four. Any late drama?
Gregory van der Wiel
PSG substitution: Gregory van der Wiel is on for Jeremy Menez
Marseille substitution: Jordan Ayew on for Morgan Amalfitano.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Over, just couldn't keep it down. Low cross inf rom the right, and the Swede slides to get it, and lifts it well over the bar.
Abdullah loses out to Ibrahimovic who surges forward, and finds Gameiro on the left in acres of space. Offside. Too good to be true.
So, the equation is quite simple. If the scoreline remains the same, Marseille stay top of the Ligue 1 standings. Win, and there'll be six points difference. Lose, and it's PSG who are top of the pile.
Good movement from Ibrahimovic, who once more is drifting out of the game. Menez has two options - Jallet to the right and Ibra, in front of the defender. He opts for the Swede, and Mandanda collects.
The attacking tempo has dropped significantly - both sides do not want to lose the game from here. PSG gently knocking it about in their own half, away from the chasing Marseillaise pack.
Injury for Marseille's Abdallah who has recovered from a thigh strain to feature. He accepts it, takes off his shinpads and comes off to much applause. Namesake Rafidine Abdullah comes on.
@BaySand tweets in: Kabore can't shoot or cross.......disaster! - It truly has been. Keep your comments coming in to @mohammedali_93 or below this commentary.
Faslee Lee comments: I hope there will be another 4 or 5 goals in the second half from both sides < Don't we all!
Statistic: Marseille leading on shots, 13 to PSG's seven. Can PSG get teir first win in four games against L'OM at the Velodrome?
Close from Marseille once more - the Valbuena-Gignac link-up play has been amazing at times. The midfielder chips a ball over Alex, in towards Gignac, but Thiago Silva cuts it out.
SUBSTITUTION: Marco Verratti is off for Sylvain Armand. The Italian was involved in a clash with Andre Ayew,
Menez, Ibrahimovic and Gameiro all combine in some lovely one-touch football, around the Marseille defence. Jallet picks it up on the right, and it's over-hit once more. A surprising change, however.
Yellow CardThiago Silva
OUCH! Thiago Silva clatters into Morgan Amalfitano who is still feeling the effects of that late challenge. Yellow card to the Brazilian.
Oh, very close once more. Ayew with a fantastic header and it's saved point-blank by the goalkeeper. Superb cross from the right. Deliveries have been fantastic tonight.
GAMEIRO! Oh, close, very close. And it's fired wide of Steve Mandanda's post. Just one ball from the wing to open up the defence. Word of warning for L'OM
Oh, he's tried it again. A half-volley from Charles Kabore, and it actually flies on target this time. That is, if the target is to aim near the corner flag.
Marseille being restricted to efforts from range, as Kabore has a pop. Safely will say, that had no effect on Sirigu.
CHEYROU! Oh, just over. Narrowly edged over from the midfielder, whose shot from distance was not bad at all.
Oh, a stony faced Pastore looks on from the touch-line. He does not look happy at all. Shades of Lavezzi all over again.
Subdued at the minute as both sides shake off the inactivity from the interval. Valbuena finds Ayew on the left, passing to Morel, before Alex dispossesses in the centre.
The hosts have begun the second half in the wya that they started the first, as possession is situated down the wings.
And we are UNDERWAY for the second half - Gameiro is on for a disappointing Javier Pastore.
The sides are out for a second half here at the Stade Velodrome, and possibly a substitution too. Kevin Gameiro is on, but for who?
Andre-Pierre Gignac and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have emulated what Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have achieved in tonight's *other* Clasico. Can either get a hat-trick?
What a half. WHAT A HALF! Absolutely amazing, from both sets of players, and it's made for an eagerly anticipated second period. Gignac opened the scoring with a fine finish, before Ibrahimovic's double - first from a volley, and then a free-kick, before Gignac levelled things.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain
ONE MINUTE ADDED ONTO THE END OF THE FIRST HALF.
Pastore attempts to find Ibrahimovic with a fast through-ball straight down the middle, but N'Koulou has him marked well.
Maxwell's corner finds Thiago Silva who heads well, but Mandanda uses the post to keep that from crossing the line. Good take by the goalkeeper.
Possession hasn't wavered one bit, with PSG still leading with 60% of the share. Meanwhile, Marseille lose the ball as Maxwell finds Menez and play is spread to the other wing. Jallet's cross is over-hit.
After quite a delay, Cheyrou's take was rather poor, as it clattered into Chantome, before finding its way all the way back to Mandanda.
Yellow CardMarco Verratti
Surely a yellow card for Marco Verratti, and it is. Hacked Valbuena right down, despite a promising position. The young Italian accepts it, and we have a free-kick.
Free-kick handed to the hosts as Gignac's back-heel in towards Ayew and back brings down Thiago Silva. Fouls becoming a little prevalent, as Fanni gives one away again.
PASTORE! Oh wow, that was a HOWLER. Really should've found the back of the net with that shot. Great overflow from Jallet to find the Argentine in the box, and his side-footed left shot glances wide.
Menez denied for an offside, and it looks a dodgy decision by the referee as N'Koulou gains a reprieve, but it's PSG who are surging forward.
Bit of handbags here, as Amalfitano protests his innocence over a PSG player who is down. Matuidi receives attention, as Menez and Gignac battle it out in front of the referee.
Gignac picks out Valbuena on the wing, as play is spread all the way to Morel on the left. They pick out Kabore in midfield, and the long range shot is powerfully parried by Sirigu - a GREAT save, that.
What a game, what a game. 2-2 already, as Gignac rivals Ibrahimovic for the plaudits on the south coast. Marseille have truthfully deserved this, but both sides' defensive frailties will be a concern.
GoalAndré Pierre Gignac
GOOAAL!! ANDRE PIERRE GIGNAC MAKES IT 2-2! Fantastic cross from Valbuena on the left, and the striker rises highest to power a header past Sirigu! Half-hour gone, and it's 2-2!
Amalfitano dinks in a low bouncing cross from the right, and it evades everyone apart from Salvatore Sirigu. Half-hour gone in this one, and it's a brilliant watch already.
The visitors are keeping possession, knowing full well what a Marseille break could bring. Abdallah steals the ball of Pastore, and does well to shield form the rushing Menez.
It's the Marseille fans who now turn their joy into misery as the Sweden international stuns Provence with two absolutely beautiful goals. Still, it's OM on the front foot here.
GOOAALL!! IBRAHIMOVIC MAKES IT 2-1! WOW, what a free-kick, blasted into the top corner by the big Swede. How was that lead quickly wiped out? Top stuff by the visitors.
GOAALL!! 1-1! SUPERB EQUALISER BY ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC! Wow, what a finish. Pin-point cross, and a superb flick on - a back-heel volley one would call it, blasted from the boot of Ibra, and past Mandanda. 1-1. GAME ON
Well cleared by Abdallah, who gets in front of Pastore in the box. Thiago Silva is up for the corner, to be delivered by Maxwell.
PSG unable to negotiate a way past a resolute back four, but Ibrahimovic is being shined in the eye by green lasers. The visitors have a free-kick in a dangerous area.
Stade Velodrome is rocking at the sight of PSG reeling. Pastore attempts to get past the marker, setting up Jallet. The cross in is wonderfully backheeled by Menez, but luckily blocked by N'Koulou. Almost.
Fantastic pass from Andre Ayew who picks out Gignac with a weighted ball, and the finish was equally impressive. Sirigu was well beaten, the goal akin to the one Morgan Amalfitano scored last year.
GoalAndré Pierre Gignac
GOOAALL!! MARSEILLE TAKE THE LEAD!! All the pressure was worth it, as Gignac makes it four league goals this season. A fantastic strike, just inside the area, and beating Sirigu at the far post. Looked like the chance had gone, but the finish was that perfect.
Corner from Maxwell headed away by N'Koulou, and Marseille are on a break here....
Corner from Maxwell headed away by N'Koulou, and Marseille are on a break here....
Surprisingly, it's PSG who lead with 60% possession as Pastore finds Menez with a through-ball. He gets the loudest of boos, but loses possession as Fanni clears for a corner.
Approaching quarter of an hour gone in the French Clasico, and Marseille have been on top here, threatening superbly down either flank. It was a problem for PSG to contend with against Porto
VALBUENA! Brilliant, inswinger from the petite midfielder, who sees Sirigu punch under pressure from Fanni and Matuidi in front of him. Fanni takes the re-bound, and curls high over the bar.
Rough house continues, as Jallet trips Ayew and it's a free-kick near the corner flag for Marseille. Can they make this one count?
Free-kick given to Marseille at the edge of the area, with Cheyrou over it. Moment for Marseille to deal with, and it's headed away first by Thiago Silva.
Pastore! It's over, well over, amid a moment of concern for the hosts. Ibrahimovic finds Menez, who drops the ball towards the Argentine, and it's skied well, well over.
PSG, who are not exactly used to being upstaged in fierce matches such as this, are instead keeping possession and hoping to draw Marseille into their own half first.
The visitors make a first foray into the Marseille half, as Ibrahimovic spreads play towards Jallet on the wing, with Ayew tracking back, and the Ghanaian deals with it accordingly.
Frantic start doesn't look like abating at anytime, as Gignac is felled by Maxwell. The hosts are on the front foot at the minute, much to the applause of their fans.
GIGNAC! Oh, wow, just got away from Thiago Silva, and fired straight at Sirigu, but over the bar. The movement from the striker was immense there, should've done a little better though.
Valbuena needs medical attention, and Abdallah concedes possession with a sloppy ball. Gignac gets it back with a superb tackle on Verratti, but the ball into the box is poor.
The boos are unrelenting for the Parisian outfit, in what essentially is a social and cultural derby, as much as it is a sporting one. Matuidi takes down Valbuena completely.
First foul of the game, already. It's Clement Chantome on Andre Ayew, and the hosts have a free-kick. Notice the roar when the kick-off was taken. Unbelievable.
UNDERWAY IN THE FIRST CLASSIQUE MEETING OF THE SEASON! PSG in their third European kit.
The teams emerge to a brilliant display in the stands, full of colour. Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains unfazed, he is about to step into a massive.red-hot atmosphere.
There'll be a minute's applause for two deceased fans, who were linked with the club.
Predictions coming in - Goal.com's own Robin Bairner has OM 1-2 PSG down, whilst a few fans are plumping for a Marseille victory. We'll soon find out.
TEAM NEWS: Marseille boss Elie Baup has preferred Andre-Pierre Gignac to Loic Remy, who scored in this fixture last year. Kassim Abdallah returns to take the right-back slot. For PSG, it's as expected, with three changes from the Porto defeat. Pastore and Jallet return.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN : Sirigu - Jallet (c), Thiago Silva, Alex , Maxwell - Chantôme, Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore - Ibrahimovic, Ménez. Subs : Douchez, Camara, Armand, Van der Wiel, Sissoko, Nene, Gameiro.
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE : Mandanda (c) - Abdallah, Nkoulou, Fanni, Morel - Cheyrou, Kaboré, Amalfitano, Valbuena, A.Ayew - Gignac. Subs: Bracigliano, Lucas Mendes, M'Bow, Abdullah, J.Ayew, Remy, Raspentino.
CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
Tonight's fixture sees the return of the away fans to this match for over two years. Only 122 have made the trip to the south coast stadium, which will house about 35,000 this evening due to Euro 2016 reconstruction. Tonight's referee is Tony Chapron, who this season sent off Gregory Bourillon against PSG, who scored two late goals against Lorient on matchday one.
A few statistics coming up here, courtesy of Opta. Paris SG have lost 67% of their away games in Marseille in L1, their worst ratio against a team they have met more than once away from home in the top-flight. Marseille have won their last three home league games against Paris. None of the last nine league games between OM and PSG have ended in a draw. Lorient, Marseille are the only side to have scored in each L1 game this season. Happy? Great.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti was a little more pessimistic though. "A football game is not a war," the Italian trainer said bluntly to Le Parisien. "Even if Marseille lead Ligue 1. And after three draws at the beginning of the season, in three of our first games, [a win] would be very good.
Marseille coach Elie Baup confirmed that he'd been looking forward to it all weekend. "Since Thursday, I've been thinking of Paris Saint-Germain every second," joked Baup to assembled reporters at a press conference. We are looking forward to it. I'm not fixated on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's performance, what I'm interested in is our game, our players and our ability to form a great team against our opponents on Sunday.
Rewind to November 2011 however, with Marseille languishing in mid-table mediocrity and PSG, under Antoine Koumbouare were riding high on top of the table, this fixture ended in a surprising 3-0 home win, thanks to goals from Loic Remy, Morgan Amalfitano and Andre Ayew. Could the same happen tonight? Must be very long odds on that one.
Paris Saint-Germain meanwhile have shook off a poor start to the season, to firmly place themselves just behind their southern rivals. They've won their last four previous league games, but suffered their first defeat of the season to FC Porto 1-0 in the Champions League. However, key man Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not scored in the last two games, with PSG harbouring a poor record at the Stade Velodrome. Can that change?
However, from the commencement of the league season on August 11th till last Sunday, Marseille had shocked everyone to win six out of their first six games, a 56-year-record! However, their high became a very deep low when they were soundly beaten 4-1 by Valenciennes last weekend. The reprieve came in the form of a 5-1 triumph over AEL Limassol on Thursday, could scorers Loic Remy and Andre-Pierre Gignac repeat the feat?
Well, it's a first for 19 years, that both Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain head into this derby occupying the top two positions (before start of play) on Sunday. It's quite a simple equation really. The winner of this match will top the Ligue 1 standings. The assumption is if PSG do, they may not come down from there until May!
Enough of the names, here's mine. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through proceedings from the Mediterranean this evening, on this night of nights. There may be El Clasico, or even the Milan derby on at marginally the same time, but I still want your reactions, predictions and comments to the biggest game in the French football calendar. Send those to me via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
Bon soir tout le monde! And welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary. It's the big one in France. Indeed, the (third, or second at a stretch) biggest one in Europe this weekend. Olympique de Marseille against fierce rivals Paris Saint-Germain from the Stade Velodrome. Call it Le Classique, Derby de France or simply a 'Clasico' - we're calling it huge. Huge, huge, huge, huge, HUGE.
Super Sunday? Super Super Sunday? Welcome to the third installment on this grandest of football days.
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