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December 8, 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: O. Thual
• Attendance: 39276
Z. Ibrahimovic 28'
E. Lavezzi 31'
Thiago Motta 84'
K. Gameiro 87'
That puts PSG up to second place temporarily while Evian could drop into the relegation zone this weekend. Thank you for joining me for what was a truly exciting game. My name is Tom Webber and it has been a pleasure to guide you through all the action.
FULL TIME: PSG 4-0 EVIAN - A comfortable win for the Paris club against a side who struggled from the opening minutes. Evian's defence approach failed as goals from Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Motta and Gameiro handed les Parisiens an easy win.
90' + 2'
There goes the final whistle!
There is a break in play now as M'barki goes down following a collision with Ibrahimovic. The home fans won't mind though, they have the goals to match an excellent display.
GOOOAAALLL!! Gameiro scores with his first touch! Ibrahimovic and Menez combine excellently and the later puts it on a plate for a simple finish from the substitute.
THERE IT IS!! 3-0!! A fully deserved third for the hosts comes from the counterattack. Pastore charges forward down the right after a scything through-ball and he squared the ball for Thiago Motta to slot home.
Wass finally gets a chance to push on down the left but he is unable to get a solid connection on a cross from the opposing flank. His awkward-looking volley is easy for Sirigu to hold on to.
Again their is a Parisien head on the ball but it only goes as far as Sorlin, 25-yards from goal. He strikes it first time but his shot is always curling away from goal and fails to hit the target.
Some sublime control from Sagbo in the PSG half fails to come to anything other than a corner. Dja Dje Dje is the man to take it...
JUST WIDE!! Les Parisiens' defence allow Tie Bi space 25 yards from goal and the Ivorian plumps for a shot. He tries to bend it in at the bottom corner but it lacks enough whip to squeeze past Sirigu.
The PSG fans may feel a bit disgruntled that their team have been unable to extend their lead. There have been plenty of chances but credit must go to Evian for a far more organised display after the restart.
Yellow CardIheb Mbarki
Yellow CardCédric Barbosa
EVIAN ALMOST GIFTED A GOAL!! Sloppy play at the back from PSG as Alex hands possession directly to the opposition. The ball is then played to Khelifa on the left but he sends a tame shot at Sirigu.
Good defending from Kone! Once more the danger comes from the right and again the aim is to find Ibrahimovic in the centre. The Swede goes for an acrobatic effort on goal but Kone shows no fear to get to the ball first.
That is the first poor ball from Jallet tonight! Wass was at sea as the right-back charged into acres of space. Ibrahimovic is completely unmarked in the centre of the box but somehow Jallet crosses straight into the arms of Laquait.
Yellow CardChristophe Jallet
OFF THE POST!! Ibrahimovic should have scored! Lavezzi releases Pastore down the right and the Argentine sends in an early cross along the floor. Ibrahimovic's connection is poor and the ball loops up off his foot before coming back off the frame of the goal.
Dja Dje Dje moves forward from right-back and manages to squirm between Motta and Chantome. There are a few bodies between him and the goal but he opts to shoot anyway and unsurprisingly his effort fails to worry the keeper.
Les Roses have certainly upped their game in the second half. A swerving effort from Sorlin looks to be heading for the top corner but Sirigu gets across to it. He is unable to stop the momentum of the ball taking it behind for a corner, though.
Oh dear, that is a poor header from Alex. The marking is almost non-existent as the Brazilian pulls away from his defender to get on the end of a corner. He makes a connection as he is dropping down from his climb and sends the ball wide off of his face.
Yellow CardD. Koné
Ibrahimovic is caught offside after a decent ball behind the defence puts him through on goal. It seems his run was timed slightly late, though he does not appear to agree.
After a bright start to the half from the visitors, normal service has resumed. PSG have got back onto the ball and it is hard to see them relenting until full time.
What a waste of a chance! Evian manage to get a man over in the PSG half for the first time this afternoon but they fail to make it count. Dja Dje Dje has acres of space on the right but they are slow to move the ball out to him and Lavezzi comes back to defend.
Finally a decent delivery from Barbosa but his corner bounces through to the back post. Fortunately for them, substitute Khelifa is there to control the balll but his effort is deflected well away from Sirigu's goal.
Eric Tie Bi
Welcome back! We are back under way in Paris.
Join me in 15 minutes for the second half.
HALF TIME: PSG 2-0 EVIAN - The visitors' aims of defending in numbers have failed to pay dividends as some excellent football from les Parisiens has put them in charge of this one. Two goals in three minutes from Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi are the difference, though it could well have been more.
45' + 1'
Into the first minute of additional time and Lavezzi is caught on the edge of the box. Maxwell picks it up though and the referee plays the advantage, however the Brazilian drills a shot into the side netting.
Ibrahimovic goes down after a robust challenge from Rabiu. The Ghanaian deserves some credit for his drive and determination in the middle.
JUST WIDE!! Jallet once more is the source of danger down the right but his cutback is narrowly out of the reach of Ibrahimovic's trailing leg. However, Menez runs in behind and gets a foot on the ball, though pressure from the defender makes him fire wide.
Les Parisiens are certainly on song this afternoon. The visitors cannot get anywhere near the ball in the middle of the park and look completely out of their depth.
SUPER SAVE!! Some sumptuous football from PSG as Lavezzi, Menez and Pastore all combine with the latter lifting a cross into the six-yard box for his compatriot. Lavezzi gets a strong header to it but sends it straight down the middle and Laquait manages to get a hand in the way and turn it behind.
Jallet has been playing like a winger in this first half. He looks to combine with Ibrahimovic but the former AC Milan player's return pass does not quite reach his team-mate. With the numbers they have back it is amazing that Evian are letting the striker have such a free run.
Pascal Dupraz is going to have to allow his side to commit a few more players forward now or they run the risk of being annihilated in the capital. To be fair, they have done so in the last few moments but they lack a focus.
A rare chance for Evian to put the ball in the box here with a free kick in the Parisiens' half. It is a poor delivery but Dja Dje Dje's attempt at a second cross deflects behind for a corner. Unfortunately for the visitors, the next delivery is just as bad and is cleared away.
GOOOOAAALL!! And it is two for PSG as the Parc des Princes goes crazy. A long ball forward from Menez is chested down for Lavezzi by Ibrahimovic. The Argentine shows great composure to take a touch and then place his effort in off the post.
GOOOOAAALL!! IBRAHIMOVIC!! The prolific striker nets his 14th goal of the season as he slides home from Jallet's low cross after Pastore had set the full-back on his way with a brilliant back heel.
It surely will not be long until there is a goal here. Although Evian have set out to defend, they are not doing so competently enough.
Ibrahimovic already has 13 goals in Ligue 1 to his name this season. Although he is up against a hefty defence this afternoon he has already shown some very intelligent movement to find the small amount of space that is on offer.
Wass tries to charge through the heart of the Paris defence but he is stopped with ease. He never looked like taking that past Thiago Silva, who looks like he could be in for an easy night.
WHAT A MISS!! Maxwell is having the run of the left flank and he charges to the byeline before crossing the ball into the area. He finds Ibrahimovic alone in the area but the Swede is caught in two minds and volleys the ball over the bar after seeming to connect with it on his heel.
An astounding 73 per cent possession for PSG in the opening 15 minutes! They are in complete control of this one and Evian are clearly just here to frustrate them and try for a draw.
The forward runs of Jallet are allowing Lavezzi to drift inside a bit more. His pace will add an extra dimension to Ibrahimovic's battle with some three central defenders!
SO CLOSE!! Motta plays an exquisite pass over the top which finds Maxwell curving his run in behind the right-back. His first touch gets away from him but Ibrahimovic is on hand to contest the loose ball with Laquait. The keeper, however, comes out on top and grabs it at the second time of asking.
It has been a magnificent start to the game for Pastore. The Argentine has already made a number of excellent passes that have dissected the busy Evian defence. He really looks up for this one.
Another chance for Ibrahimovic! A lofted ball to the back post finds the striker in space but from an acute angle, Laquait can cover his post and get something on the ball to divert it away.
Cheeky attempt from Ibrahimovic! A chipped ball over the top of the defence from Pastore finds the towering Swede in space in front of the goal. He tries to loft the ball over to the far corner with a delicate flick but it goes wide.
Jallet is caught out of position as Evian counter which offers Barbosa acres of space to run into on the left. Alex comes across to cover and with the right-back chasing them down, the pair manage to put enough pressure on the winger for him to send his cross out behind the goal.
Wow, this is unbelievably defensive approach from the visitors already. Nevertheless. Pastore spots the run of Menez and slides a pass up to his team-mate inside the area. The Frenchman gets a good first touch on it but Mongongu gets between him and the ball to halt the attack.
PSG immediately move the ball up to the edge of the Evian box but the visitors look to have set out a bank of five defenders when they are out of possession. It looks like it could be difficult for les Parisiens to find a way through them here.
We are under way at the Parc des Princes!
Both sets of players are on the field and kick off is just a few moments away. PSG wearing their traditional blue will shoot from left to right while Evian, in what can only be described as an electric pink, attack from the right.
Evian (4-3-3): Laquait; Dja Dje Dje, Mongongu, M'barki, Wass; Rabiu, Kone, Sorlin; Govou, Sagbo, Barbosa.
PSG (4-2-3-1): Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Chantome, Motta; Lavezzi, Pastore, Menez; Ibrahimovic.
The teams are in, lets see how they line up...
PSG, currently fourth, already find themselves five points adrift of the top off the league despite the large-scale investment in the summer. A win today is vital to relieve some of the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti and get their title bid back on track.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary on this afternoon's Ligue 1 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Evian. The hosts will be eager to put two straight domestic defeats behind them against a struggling Evian side at the Parc des Princes this afternoon.
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