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May 18, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: R. Buquet
• Attendance: 44983
Z. Ibrahimovic 5', 36'
B. Matuidi 31'
C. Benschop 81'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: PSG 3-1 Brest - that's it! PSG win, to go nine points clear at the top. Not that it matters, let the celebrations begin! On an emotional night for Beckham and the PSG fans, the title will be presented. Congratulations PSG! Good night!
90' + 2'
GOALFLASH: Nancy 1-2 Bastia - Nancy are relegated from Ligue 1.
90' + 2'
Brest making a late charge for goal, as Sissoko advances on the left wing, into Khaled, but Pastore has taken up possesion of the ball and conceded a free-kick whilst doing so.
90' + 1'
Will this also signal the end to Carlo Ancelotti's stay at the Parc des Princes, the Italian has been linked with the Real Madrid job heavily over the past few weeks. Will tonight be his PdP swansong?
THREE ADDED MINUTES SIGNALLED.
Two minutes to go before the celebrations really kick off in the capital - we've been promised laser and fireworks celebrations to replace the one cancelled on Monday at Place Trocadero. On the pitch, Grougi is whistled offside despite a fine move by Khaled.
Further on, president Nasser al-Khelaifi was also in tears after Beckham's substitution. I don't think there's a dry eye in the house here. But we're edging closer towards full-time.
Image of David Beckham in tears after being substituted. One of the endearing images of a superb career. On the pitch, Ibrahimovic with a fine pass towards Gameiro, but Lavezzi's cross back in to the Swede sees him dispossessed by Souma.
He has, in fact been substituted by none other than Ezequiel Lavezzi, as PSG look to see the game out with six minutes to go. Beckham takes his seat on the floor of the dugout, hugging and embracing each of the substitutes and staff.
Chants of 'legende' and 'Sir David' go up as Beckham pays homage to the PSG fans. Will we be seeing him again? Unlikely that he'll feature in Lorient next week. Wife Victoria and dad Ted both watch with emotion as the fans pay tribute to one of the superstars.
SUBSTITUTION - it's the one you've been waiting to avoid. David Beckham has been substituted, the last home game of his career, and likely, the last ever game of his glittering 21-year stay in football. A legend, and the Parc des Princes rises to acclaim a global superstar.
GOAL! PSG 3-1 BREST - Charlison Benschop pulls one back for the visitors, beating Alphonse Areola. Consolation goal, no more than that..
Beckham looks to be in comfort, or he's a bit upset. Either way, he's grimacing. Could his number be up soon?
SUBSTITUTION: Adama Ba is off for Dutch striker Charlison Benschop - their final change of the game.
Brest have really offered next to nothing in this fixture, and with Nancy losing 2-1 to Bastia at the minute, they are set to join him in the next game.
Chants of 'Ole' go up around the Parc des Princes, replacing the minimal jeers from seconds ago. They've waited a long time for the title, and PSG will be celebrating in front of their fans at FT.
SUBSTITUTION: Brest - Florian Raspentino off for Abel Khaled. 17 minutes to go.
Lesoimier with a fine, rare shot, from the edge of the area, and it's brought out a good save from the young goalkeeper Areola. Free-kick given against Ibrahimovic for a challenge on Souma.
Into the final 20 minutes of the game, and this one already has a sense of finality about it. Beckham still pretty active, even at the age of 38! You sure you don't want to consider, Dave?
Poor from Pastore there. Lovely run by Jallet who darts in between the defenders, and creates acres of space. Passes sideways along the edge of the area, but the Argentine scoops his shot ofer the bar.
Cameras cut to Marco Verratti on the touchline, with the young Italian wearing goalkeeper's gloves. He's on the bench, so, not impossible to see him beocme the third GK in this match!
Chafni with a teasing effort from 25 yards, and to be fair, he's hit the majority of them on target, as Areola is forced to punch away, giving boss Ancelotti a smile on the touchline.
Long punt forward headed into the path of Ibrahimovic by substitue Chardonnet, and the Swede - full of confidence - strikes a long volley from around 40 metres out. Over the bar.
Licka drives Brest forward once more, as he tees up Grougi, who again fis forced to strike from outside the box. Easy for Areola to contend with, but PSG on the break.
Dieng substituted for Brest, as Chardonnet takes his place. Seven defenders missing out through injury, and an eighth suspended. They're really depleted at the back this evening.
GAMEIRO! What a chance, what a chance. One-on-one after a pass from midfield, and despite having the time, he shoots low - and it's well saved by Thebaux. Easily beat Dieng for pace there, as Lucas Moura is unsuccessful with the followup.
Beckham dropping back deep and picking up possession, but his pass down the wing towards Lucas is poor, intercepted by Raspentino, as Brest attack.
BECKHAM! What a pass. That fabled right foot produces a brilliant cross towards Gameiro, who produces a fine diving header, but he cannot divert in a fourth.
Beckham's cut a largely peripheral figure in this game, something which reflects his entire Parisian stay. Now, hs playing what appears to be right-back, picking up the ball deep.
GOALFLASH: Troyes 1-0 Bordeaux, Nancy 0-1 Bastia - the visitors could well be going down, with the side beneath them leading. This would make Evian (2-0 up v Valenciennes) theoretically safe, barring a run of bizarre results next week.
Raspentino paces himself forward, and again the visitors are forced to test their luck from distance. Shot pings off Matuidi, and well over Areola's goal.
Matuidi pings a ball into the box, but Thebaux has it in his hands quickly. Plays towards Chafni, but the Algerian cannot keep possession of the ball once more!
Statistic: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 29th league goal of the season, means he has set a new high tally in his career. Congratulations to the Swede!
Not much of an attacking threat this Brest team are posing, with Licka combining well with Grougi - whose shot goes well over the bar.
Apparently, you need one appearance to qualify for a Ligue 1 medal, hence the games given to Areola and Tiene this evening.
Well, how about this?! One minute into the second half, and Carlo Ancelotti has gone all nice on his. Salvatore Sirigu, is off - replaced by Parisian local lad Alphonse Areola in goal. Amazing stuff, and a round of applause.
Substitution: Lucas Moura on for PSG, his first appearance in over a month for the capital side. He replaces Clement Chantome, who takes his haircut with him.
Underway again in the capital! A half-time change to tell you about in a second. PSG get us going, attacking from left to right.
The sides are out for the second half in what will most likely be Beckham's final 45 minutes in football, a career that started at Old Trafford and ends here in the French capital.
Well, it couldn't have gotten any easier for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who've basically walked this first half. A double from Ibrahimovic - including a fine free-kick, as well as Matuidi has seen PSG romp to a considerable HT lead. Join me in 15.
HALF-TIME: PSG 3-0 Brest.
Corner cleared by PSG, but Brest recover the ball - as Sissoko deep from midfield, shoots straight at goal. Well, wide.
Reaching the end of a very comfortable first half for the visitors, as Chafni again is forced to fire from distance, and his shot is punched away by Sirigu, and out for a corner.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Well, that wasn't far away. Almost the perfect hat-trick there. He easily darts past a collection of defenders, and fires the ball on the bounce. Just past the post.
Ten consecutive defeats, TEN! That's what Brest are facing, with the already relegated side certain to finish 20th in the table. It's been a more than easy first half for PSG so far.
The visitors are unable to string a couple of passes together, as they again try to attack. Raspentino, into Licha but Matuidi chases down Ba, who looks for a penalty from Ruddy Buquet.
It's most definitely party time for the Parisiens, who will be presented with the Ligue 1 trophy later. They've had four shots and three goals. Unbelievable stuff, a fantastic performance.
GOAL! PSG 3-0 BREST! IBRAHIMOVIC! His 29th league goal of the season. A fantastic free-kick, powered past Thebaux. Well, we're running a cricket scoreline here. A fantastic strike by the Swede.
PSG still attacking as they seek a bigger lead. Brest are sinking without trace here, but they'll need to defend a free-kick. Ibrahimovic over this one...
Tripy Makonda at fault for that goal, after ducking the shot from the midfielder. Matuidi's salute celebration with Sakho and Beckham a nice gesture to see as firecrackers go off in the stadium.
GOAL! PSG 2-0 BREST! It had been coming, but what a finish it was. Even if it was bizarre. Corner drifted in towards Matuidi, who without looking, gets a touch on to the ball and deflects it over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Approaching the half-hour here, as Brest manage to suppress another PSG attack, as Chantome's loose ball fails to find Ibrahimovic. The Parisian born midfielder has enjoyed a productive season, mind you.
The attacking intensity has considerably died down here at the Parc des Princes, as sunset falls. PSG just content to leave Brest at arm's length at the moment, restricting them to long-range efforts.
Goalflash; Saint-Etienne 1-0 Marseille - Loic Perrin with the goal, elsewhere Toulouse have gone 2-0 up, PSG loanee Adrien Rabiot with a fine assist.
SIRIGU! WHAT A SAVE! Speculative shot from Ba is an absolutely stunning one, as his long range effort forces the Italian into a fine one-glove save. Amazing stuff.
Beckham does well to shield the ball from two midfielders as PSG aim to start again from the back. They look rather comfortable on the ball, with Brest not threatening.
Poor header from the corner, but Brest can attack here again. Lesoimier picks up the loose ball on the edge of the area, and with a fine pull-back, he tees up Licka - who fires wide.
Raspentino picks up the ball after good work from Soumah. Attempts to dribble past Jallet, but the slight touch off the full-back means a second corner kick of the match for Brest.
On loan Marseille forward Florian Raspentino fights for an aerial ball with Camara, but can only power his shot comfortably wide of Sirigu's goal. Tempo's just slowed a little bit here.
PASTORE! Good shot, and it's a comfortable take for Thebaux. The Argentine, sporting a weird looking beard, cuts in slightly on his right before hitting the shot from 20 yards out. Taken well by the goalkeeper.
GOALFLASH: Evian 2-0 Valenciennes - if neither Nancy or Troyes fail to win, and Evian pick up three points, both are relegated.
CHAFNI! Another chance, and this time it's brought out a masterful stop from Salvatore Sirigu. Again, in roughly the same area, he powers a shot towards goal, bringing a wonderful stop from the goalkeeper. Corner.
CHAFNI! What a shot, and it's only wide. Out of the blue that one, as he races into a decent position and lets fly from distance. Had Sirigu stretching, but that's wide of the mark.
Gameiro lining up well with Ibrahimovic, as they aim to penetrate the visitors' defence, Kantari with the clearance, as he plays the ball towards Chafni on the edge.
Another speculative ball from Beckham upfield goes awry, but it's his last game, so we won't criticise him too much I gather. Meanwhile, coach Corentin Martins is going ballistic at his players on the touchline after giving the ball away.
Well, we could actually have seen PSG 3 goals to the good after a frantic opening, as Brest struggle to get their act together. A depleted back four, they've lost nine of their last nine games.
NEARLY 2-0! Oh, it's all going PSG's way at the minute as Ibrahimovic races down the middle, one -on -one with Thebaux, who races off his line to dispossess the Swede. Matuidi picks up the loose ball, but the offside flag is up.
Lovely move, and great goal, but to be fair to Brest, they have seven defenders out for tonight. Expect goals, and they're opening up the visitors already!
GOAL! PSG 1-0 BREST! And the celebrations begin! Lovely movement by Jallet, who feeds Chantome who in turn slips Ibrahimovic in on goal. He easily drifts into position and fires a shot from the far side, past Alexis Thebaux.
Beckham picks up the ball to furious applause from the home fans, as Chantome is fouled by Raspentino. It's not only Jallet, but Parisien-born Chantome and Jallet are sporting the new haircuts.
Nice run by Burno Grougi, who aims to latch onto the ball played by Lesoimier, but he's unable to keep it in play. Ibrahimovic penalised for a challenge on Kantari.
Early foul from Beckham as he backs in rough on Makonda. Composed start from the hosts. Elsewhere, Evian have taken the lead against Valenciennes, a goal which could change the relegation landscape.
C'EST PARTI! Underway in the capital, PSG attacking from right to left in their new home kit for next season. Looks really smart.
The teams are out, to smoke machines, heavy music and ticker tape. Beckham leads the teams out in his final game, with Jallet sporting a red and blue haircut for some reason. Kick-off imminent.
It's raining heavily here in the capital, but that won't dampen spirits. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has taken his seat next to the club president Nasser al-Khelaifi, as the teams emerge to rapturous applause.
STADE BRESTOIS : Thebaux - Makonda, Dieng, Grougi (c), Soumah - Raspentino, Lesoimier, Chafni, Sissoko - Licka, Ba. Substitutes : Cappone, Chardonnet, Dernis, Rousseau, Khaled, Benschop.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN : Sirigu - Sakho, Tiéné, Camara, Jallet - Matuidi, Chantôme, Pastore, Beckham (c) - Ibrahimovic, Gameiro. Substitutes : Areola, Alex, Maxwell, Armand, Verratti, Lucas, Lavezzi.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
There's a programme of celebrations here at the Parc tonight. There'll be an honour guard of children, whilst the class of 1986 and 1994 - the last two occasions PSG were champions, are here to salute the present team. There'll also be a firework and laser display following full-time, where the trophy will be presented. Before then, there's a football match!
The potential Champions League "play-off" between Nice and Lyon has been cancelled, and will kick off at 15:05 tomorrow after inclement weather in the Cote d'Azur region, but now, back to focus here in Paris.
In the meantime, we have NINE Ligue 1 games tonight to share with you, and I'll be bringing you the information as they happen. Evian can secure safety with a win, which could put both Nancy and ESTAC Troyes down. Lille's clash against Montpellier is a must-win for the 2011 champions, where failure will put an end to their Champions League dream. Elsewhere, runners-up Marseille visit Saint-Etienne.
Brest meanwhile, are on a run of nine consecutive defeats, with interim coach Corentin Martins failing to pull the side away from the drop, as he had managed in place of Alex Dupont last year. Brest have won once in 12 in the capital.
Tonight though, Beckham will START and CAPTAIN Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, I can confirm. It'll be a night of celebration, as PSG bring the Hexagoal trophy to the Parc, after Monday's planned celebrations at Trocadero were brought to a premature close after rioting in the capital.
As you may or may not have heard, David Beckham, football's global superstar, brings an end to his glittering career. He'll most likely play his final game in front of the home fans this evening, rather than next week away to Lorient. What were your best Beckham moments? Tweet them @mohammedali_93.
Parisiens et Champions - that's been the motto of the week, after PSG claimed a third Ligue 1 title in their history last week against Olympique Lyonnais. They can rest now, and you can expect changes afoot as they play relegated Brest, whose demise was confirmed after defeat last week, their ninth in a row.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be taking you through proceedings from the capital tonight, and of course, as you should know by now, don't forget to interact with me using the Goal.com MatchCentre, sign in and leave a comment. Also, why not drop me a tweet, @mohammedali_93.
Good evening! And welcome to Goal.com's penultimate Ligue 1 live commentary. Tonight sees newly-crowned champions Paris Saint-Germain take on newly-relegated Brest at the Parc des Princes. A lot to come, on what is sure to be an emotional night for some. Stay tuned.
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