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August 26, 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: A. Gautier
• Attendance: 41164
90' + 3'
The hosts deserve to be booed here, after yet another poor showing. It's Bordeaux who move alongside Valenciennes, Lyon and Toulouse on seven points as Marseille set the early pace. PSG in a woeful 11th. That's it from me tonight, have a great evening!
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: PSG 0-0 Bordeaux - boos for the hosts.
90' + 3'
Boos for Pastore, as he spurns another chance, opting to hold the ball despite having a window to shoot. This will end 0-0, as the seconds tick away.
90' + 2'
Into three added minutes in the French capital. Great clearance from Alex after a teasing ball from Maurice-Belay.
90' + 1'
Well, well well. Another lethargic and poor game from Carlo Ancelotti's superstars, despite their lavish spending. Bordeaux have been a well-drilled outfit in this game, but had they offered more attacking-wise, we could've been looking at a well-earned away win.
DIABATE! Close from Bordeaux, and a lovely bit of play from Maurice-Belay. Makes the run forward, but the striker can't chase the ball as Sirigu claims it. Tension rising.
Yellow CardGregory Sertic
Jallet down after being clipped by Sertic. He makes the forward run to meet a diagonal pass from Plasil, but is booked for his foul. Ancelotti cuts a forlorn figure on the touchline.
Final substitution for Bordeaux - Nicolas Maurice-Belay on for Jussie. The Brazilian might not have offered much in attack, but he has also helped the visitors contend with les Parisiens.
Bordeaux struggling to contain the attacking threat of the hosts at the moment. Sane and Sertic tracking back to help, as Ibrahimovic is again left isolated by the wingers. Five minutes left.
CLOSE! Fantastic little touch from Ciani who saved his side with that little intervention to take the ball away from Ibrahimovic.. He looked to pounce after Nene's teasing ball in.
MENEZ! The most promising moment in PSG's second half play, and the winger spurns a good chance with a tame shot. Proves to be too much for Henrique, as he cuts in but again doesn't get a clean shot at it. Carrasso smothers the ball at the second attempt.
Marco Verratti on for Blaise Matuidi. Surprising, since Motta hasn't made much of an impact at all in this game. You can forgive him after returning from injury.
Jallet with a cross into the box as his side step up the ante with desperate times for the Parisians, meaning a goal will be needed soon. Nene loses possession with a slip. Goal-kick to Bordeaux.
Mariano into Diabate once more, as the pair continue their partnership in this game. Diabate shows no sign of that head injury earlier, and his shot is deflected. Corner in, and it's cleared. Verratti readied as PSG make their final substitution.
Ludovic Obraniak is replaced by Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil. The midfielder returns after sitting out last week. Obraniak's dream of scoring in three matches in a row is over. Gregory Sertic comes on for Henri Saivet.
Mariano has impressed this evening, as has Henrique. Both have held their own physically, as well as in their positions. PSG have failed to negotiate a way past the duo. Defensive impact from Gillot has certainly worked.
IBRAHIMOVIC! CLOSE! Almost a genius strike from Ibrahimovic. Corner is flicked on by Maxwell, and the Sweden international turns his marker before firing inches wide.
Ludovic Sane has maintained his 100% passing completion rate into the second half. Not bad for a defensive midfielder who usually is noted for giving the ball away. Jallet has played the most balls in this game with 64, an 81% pass completion rate.
Possession stats: PSG lead 58% to Bordeaux's 42% - but it's the quality not quantity that counts. Pastore beginning to fade off, as has been the case largely for most of his games. Ball rolls harmlessly towards Carrasso. Meanwhile, Maxwell is off for Armand.
Nice attempt from Jeremy Menez who finally gets a shot away after that prolonged phase of pressure from PSG. Cross into Pastore is laid off into the path of the ex-Roma winger before cutting in and shooting straight at Carrasso.
Bordeaux growing a little in confidence, with Sylvain Armand the next PSG player to be thrust into action. The visitors not dealing with the hosts' attacking crosses pretty well, with numerous sloppy clearances undoing the back four's good work.
25 minutes left to play in the French capital, and it's still PSG 0-0 Bordeaux. If it were to stay like this, PSG would be 11th.
Penalty? NO! Jeremy Menez darts past Henrique before being barged to the ground. Referee had a great view, and instantly dismissed it. Good shout.
First substitution of the game: Adrien Rabiot, who has enjoyed a good start to his professional career here, comes off in favour of Jeremy Menez. Expect a switch to 4-2-3-1, with Menez and Nene on the wings, as Motta pushes back alongside Matuidi.
DIABATE! Wonderful stop from Sakho. A great burst from Mariano, into the box. Diabate takes possession, despite it being intended for Jussie, and once he beats Alex, he tees up a shot which is well blockedby the former captain.
After four hours of Ligue 1 football approximately, PSG have still not taken the lead in the 2012-13 season. Jeremy Menez being readied on the bench.
Nene spurns a chance from the first corner of the second half, as Saivet and Mariano aim to attack PSG on the counter. Nene tracks back to recover the ball.
Moment of panic for Les Parisiens. Obraniak bombs through into the box, but after being clipped, he loses his balance. The ball falls to N'Guemo who unleashes a powerful shot, which edges wide.
Another ball over the defence as Pastore attempts to find Nene with that high ball. Predictable once more, as Ciani holds his own to deny the Brazilian. 35 minutes to find a goal.
Diabate and Jussie looking to surge forward, and Sakho momentarily gives the ball away with a poor defensive header. Rabiot sets up Pastore, but his acceleration finds the ball in Carrasso's arms.
IBRAHIMOVIC! How close was that? Inches wide from the Swede, whose set-piece beats the wall, and also Carrasso's goal. What an effort.
Poor challenge from Ciani on Nene, who rolls around in agony. Gautier gives a free-kick to Bordeaux, and Ibrahimovic is over this one.....
Nice stop from N'Guemo who cuts out a fine through ball from Pastore towards Ibrahimovic. Tensions rising here, with fouls becoming more and more prevalent.
First statistic for you this evening: PSG have drawn every official match they've featured in 2012-13. Aside from a 9-0 win over an Austrian local side, they've drawn against Chelsea, DC United, Barcelona, CSA Moscow as well as their Ligue 1 games.
Momentary halt in proceedings a as Henrique protests to the referee after falling to the ground, awaiting as PSG corner. Cleared accordingly, but Mariano fails to keep the ball in from Maxwell.
Jallet the driving force early into the second period as he feeds Pastore in the middle. Back into the path of the captain, whose cross is headed away by Ciani.
Jallet attacks from the whistle, into Rabiot who attempts to find Nene with a pass, before being cleared by Mariano. Bordeaux already alert here.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! PSG get us started.
A competitive first half from the Parc des Princes with both sides content at their performances. Gilt-edged chances have come at a premium, as defences hold sway. It's PSG who have had the better chances through Pastore and Nene, but Bordeaux have done well to contain them. 0-0 at half-time. I'll be back in 15 minutes for the second period.
45' + 1'
HT: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
45' + 1'
ALEX! Close. From the corner, the Brazilian jumps highest, and heads inches wide. Probably wouldn't have gone in, with a man on the goal-line. That's HT.
45' + 1'
Into one minute of added time in the French capital. Rabiot launches an offensive into the box, but instead of crossing, he attempts to cut in, and is tackled.
NENE! Fiercesome shot, which moved a lot mid-air. Nice stop by Carrasso who palms it away safely, but a moment of confusion for les Girondins. Pastore latches onto a lofted ball, but he is easily dispossessed.
Thiago Motta has been near invisible in midfield, upstaged by the youthful Rabiot who has emerged as a good player in this half. Looks like a young David Luiz, but could compete with Verratti in midfield. One minute until the break.
Corner to Bordeaux. It's crossed in from the right, and easily taken by Sirigu. First corner of the game for the visitors wasted.
Francis Gillot's men have offered little to no attacking pressure on the back four, but they've held their own defensively. Les Girondins have problems on their attacking width.
Pastore tricks his way past a number of midfielders before locating Ibrahimovic with the pass, as Carrasso takes up possession. At the other end, Mariano's cross in is dealt with by the ever-so-solid Alex.
Diabate struggles with that headband on for cover, as he launches a poor shot towards Salvatore Sirigu. Another cross from Saivet on the wing finds Diabate, and another poor touch means the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.
Yellow CardBlaise Matuidi
Jussie threads a pass to Obraniak on the far right, as the Polish international gets a first-time cross in. The Brazilian subsequently gets a poorly-executed volley onto it, as Jallet holds his own to clear.
The players return onto the pitch, and unsurprisingly, both sets of players are struggling to forge a way past a tight rearguard. Pastore leads the way on pass percentage, with 92%.
PSG very enterprising as Ibrahimovic and Jallet cobine, but the latter is unable to get a clean touch onto it. Pastore threatening, before the move dies down after a push by Rabiot on Marange.
Play continues as Sakho and Diabate are patched up after that challenge. Blood streaming down Diabate's shirt. On the pitch, Bordeaux are struggling to contain les Parisiens.
Play is momentarily halted as Cheikh Diabate goes down with a heavy cut, in the corner of his eye, after jumping with Alex and subsequently an elbow with Sakho. Looks like he's being knocked out.
Nene is visibly frustrated with the referee after he closes in on goal after dispossessing a defender. Free-kick to Bordeaux.
Rabiot has stood out in the midfield, by getting stuck in onto literally everything. He attempts to dispossess Ciani, but the referee has given a goal-kick.
PSG might be dormant at times, but they've shown brilliant passing moves in this first half already. Pastore taps it for IIbrahimovic, who with one touch superbly finds Jallet. The captain's cross is headed away by Ciani.
Jallet surges up through the middle, unusually from the right-back slot he is usually accustomed to, but he is dispossessed. Bordeaux meanwhile spread play to Obraniak, in to Jussie before Saivet's shot is blocked by Alex.
Another decent phase for les Parisiens as Ibrahimovic bamboozles the defence with a great pass, beating the defence and into the path of Nene, who is whistled offside. Correctly, too.
The corner is delivered in, and both Ibrahimovic and Rabiot jump for it, before Sane eventually takes it away from the duo and out for another corner. The second set-piece is poor, and dealt with.
PASTORE! Fantastic bit of play from PSG though they are denied by a super stop by Cedric Carrasso. A weighted ball from Nene finds the Argentine, and his first touch is exquisite, taking it away from the defender, before striking from outside the box. Carrasso tips it over the bar.
Ancelotti retreats to his bench as another attack fizzles out. Worth noting that the Italian faces a disciplinary committee on September 13th for his actions against Ajaccio last weekend. Could well be suspended.
@HamdiBadi9 on Twitter predicts: PSG 2-0 Bordeaux whilst @myrieta goes for a 3-0 victory for les Girondins. The latter one might be a little more interesting.
Poor tackle from Sane on Ibrahimovic, as PSG gain a free-kick. The hosts are waiting patiently and willing to draw Bordeaux out of their half before striking on their well-known counter-attacking moves.
The Principle says: "back on the bench again verratti. that is what happens when you listen to money-hungry agents." - keep your comments coming in, either on Twitter @goal_intl or the comments box below.
Nene lofts the ball towards Ibrahimovic, but Henrique gets there first, before the defender is barged to the ground by the Sweden international. Free-kick awarded to the visitors.
Good burst of pace from Henri Saivet on the far right, as he blazes pat Maxwell and crosses in towards Diabate. Well intercepted by Alex, who nullifies the threat.
Another look at that penalty appeal from the free-kick. Thiago Motta's header down hit Sane on the wrist, but both his arms were down. Harsh to give it, and I think the referee made the correct call there. Meanwhile, Bordeaux regain shape and push towards the other end.
IBRAHIMOVIC! A little audacious. A sudden spike in PSG's tempo sees Pastore set up Ibra with a deft touch, and the big Swede spots Carrasso off his line and goes with a chip, but it drifts wide.
...and it's blocked by a Bordeaux player, despite calls for a penalty, the referee waves play on. Headed on by Motta, it struck a white shirt, but Antony Gautier fails to spot any infringement.
Ibrahimovic makes an entrance, as he is fouled near the corner flag on the far left. Nene whips the ball in....
Rabiot well composed in the first six minutes. Invites play towards Pastore, who pings a smooth pass towards Jallet. Nene takes possession some moments later, though a tame shot from the Brazilian is easily held by Carrasso.
Bit of a quiet start to proceedings in Paris as Diabate again floats to the flank, picking up possession, but fails to negotiate a way past Alex. Long throw-in from Marange, but it's well cleared.
Bordeaux break with some fluidity as Diabate and Jussie race towards the back four, who initially let off, before Sakho stretches out a leg to dispossess the latter.
Rabiot spreads the play well, the 17 year old is handed his Ligue 1 debut in place of Clement Chantome as Carrasso is forced to clear under pressure.
Bordeaux begin well, pressing the visitors, as Florian Marange attempting to find Obraniak on the left-wing. Christophe Jallet holds well.
With the dazzling Eiffel Tower in the background, the referee kicks off the game. Bordeaux, in white, attack from right to left.
Tonight's referee is Antony Gautier, who handed out three red cards in the first match of the season between Montpellier and Toulouse.
The sides are out in the French capital, with the atmosphere building up well at the Parc des Prnces. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just barged an elderly steward out of the way.....
This fixture last season proved to be a tantalising encounter, as Bordeaux held the capital side to a 1-1 draw. A similar result will probably signal the start of a mini-crisis. A win for Bordeaux, and they join Marseille at the top.
TEAM NEWS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes a return to the starting XI, having appeared in Week 1, scoring twice against Lorient. Thiago Motta returns from injury sustained in the Euro 2012 final, but the real news is Carlo Ancelotti putting faith in 17 year old Adrien Rabiot. Marco Verratti is on the bench, whilst new signing Thiago Silva isn't even considered. Bordeaux welcome back Jussie and Landry N'Guemo, with Yann Gouffran and Benoit Tremoulinas named among the bench.
BORDEAUX: Carrasso (c) - Sane, Henrique, Ciani - Mariano Nguemo, Marange - Saivet, Jussiê, Obraniak - Diabaté. Substitutes: Olimpa, Planus, Trémoulinas, Plasil, Sertic, Gouffran, Maurice-Belay.
PSG: Sirigu - Jallet (c), Alex, Sakho, Maxwell - Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Matuidi - Nene, Pastore - Ibrahimovic. Substitutes: Le Crom, Armand, Camara, Menez, Verratti, Gameiro, Hoarau.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Elsewhere in Ligue 1 this weekend, Marseille top the table after securing a fantastic 1-0 win away to champions Montpellier. La Paillade were undone by Andre-Pierre Gignac's goal 13 minutes from time and slid to the bottom three. Lille and Lyon were both held to draws, with the former holding on to a 2-2 draw in a superb game. PSG must win tonight to end Bordeaux's 100% record, or risk falling off the pace already.
Les Girondins are a world away from the side that powered their way to the title in 2009. Nevertheless, Francis Gillot's side have enjoyed a brilliant six months, winning eight league games in a row. This time last year, Bordeaux were flirting with relegation, a run that they had to endure until January before Gillot's superb acquisitions of Mariano and Ludovic Obraniak helped to steady the ship. Tonight sees the first real test of the Aquitaine side.
After a €140m outlay, les Parisiens have so far started sluggishly, drawing two games from two against the sides who finished 16th and 17th last season. Whilst Ajaccio and FC Lorient were expected to roll over, Bordeaux represent a formidable side.
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 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 the third round of the new Ligue 1 season. It's Paris Saint-Germain against Girondins de Bordeaux from the Parc des Princes in Paris. Confirmed team-news to come.
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