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Ligue 1

  • December 22, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: F. Fautrel
  • • Attendance: 45844

Live Commentary

  • That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this evening. I hope you have a great night and a brilliant Christmas.
  • FULL TIME - PSG 2-2 Lille: Having taking the lead through Ibrahimovic in the first half, les Parisiens were then forced to come from behind after goals from Mavuba and Kalou put les Dogues in charge of the match. An own goal from Basa ensured that the spoils were shared and the hosts thus open up a three-point gap at the top of Ligue 1.
  • 90' + 7'
    Enyeama clears a drop ball but PSG don't have time to build another attack and the game ends in a draw.
  • 90' + 6'
    There is a slight break in play as Sidibe receives treatment on the pitch but the referee ushers him off so the game can reach its conclusion.
  • 90' + 5'
    Lille have Sidibe down following that incident with Ibrahimovic but PSG play on and Menez is played in on the left of the box. He shapes to bend a shot towards the far corner but once again it is rolled straight into the path of Enyeama.
  • 90' + 4'
    Thiago Silva wins a free kick close to the half way line and swings it deep to Ibrahimovic. The striker fails to bring it under control as he is tugged to ground but the referee awards nothing.
  • 90' + 3'
    Menez flights in a ball from out on the left but once more Basa is the man to get his head to it. He gets just enough on it to find a team-mate inside the box so his team can deal with it.
  • 90' + 1'
    We are into the first of an additional five, that's right five, minutes.
  • 90'
    BASA COULD HAVE WON IT!! The centre-back rises high to connect with Balmont's cross but although he is unchallenged, he is unable to divert his header on target and sends it narrowly over the top.
  • 89'
    CLOSE FOR KALOU!! The resultant corner is not dealt with by Sirigu and the ball eventually falls to the former Chelsea man. He finds space to test the keeper from an acute angle but his effort is again diverted behind.
  • 88'
    GOOD SAVE!! Origi looses an effort from distance which swerves towards the PSG goal. It is dipping and moving from side to side but Sirigu keeps an eye on it and turns it around the post.
  • 87'
    Rabiot does well to get his head to Gueye's clipped pass and then launch PSG on a counterattack. Ibrahimovic is picked out on the right but he plays a short pass to Menez who attempts to get up and support him  and Lille regain possession.
  • 85'
    SO CLOSE!! Ibrahimovic absolutely smashes the ball towards the side on which Enyeama was standing, but his powerful effort whistled past the outside of the post. The keeper breathed a sigh of relief after witnessing that one go wide.
  • 84'
    Another free kick opportunity for the hosts here, just 20 yards from goal. Basa wiped Menez out and once more Ibrahimovic is standing over this one...
  • 83'
    Lille are clinging onto this point now, getting plenty of bodies back behind the ball. However, they are still counterattacking in numbers to try and worry PSG.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionNolan Roux D. Origi
  • 81'
    THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE WINNER! Menez fed Rabiot on the top of the box and his brilliant flick found Pastore alone in the area. The Argentine's first touch wasn't the best but he still managed to get a shot away, however, he sent a tame effort straight at Enyeama to blow the opportunity.
  • 80'
    Strong defending from Thiago Silva there, outmuscling Mavuba just outside the area as the midfielder attempted to race onto a long ball up from the back.
  • 78'
    The crowd up the noise as Van der Wiel's attempted cross takes two deflections before going out for a corner on the near side. Lucas' delivery finds Motta but his header loops comfortably into Enyeama's hands.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionEzequiel Lavezzi Jérémy Menez
  • 76'
    SubstitutionLucas Digne Adrien Rabiot
  • 76'
    Motta delivers it but Basa rises high to get his head to it and clear away the danger.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Idrissa Gueye
  • 75'
    A chance for PSG from a free kick here, just outside the corner of the box on the near side after Lavezzi is felled by Gueye.
  • 74'
    STAT: Lille have only been victorious once in their last 15 visits to the Parc des Princes in all competitions. That run looked like improving just moments ago. Surely they can't hit les Parisiens again.
  • 72'
    Own Goal Marko Basa
    GOOOOAAALL!! PSG DRAW LEVEL! The resultant corner is whipped in from the far side and Enyeama comes off his line but completely flaps at the delivery. Thiago Silva tries to get something on it but it looks like the final touch comes of Basa and trickles into his own net.
  • 70'
    Stunning from Verratti! The diminutive Italian won the ball from Roux with a cracking sliding challenge and then surged into the box. His attempt to square a pass across goal was sent behind by Rozehnal, though.
  • 69'
    WHAT A CHANCE!! Pastore has an opportunity to make an instant impact as he receives a pass from Ibrahimovic inside the box but he fails to control the ball effectively. His inability to do so enabled Rozehnal to get a foot in.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionMarvin Martin R. Rodelin
  • 68'
    Martin makes way for the visitors and Rodelin comes on in his stead. The former Sochaux man struggled to influence the game tonight with possession so limited.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionAlex Javier Pastore
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Thiago Motta
  • 66'
    GOOD STRIKE!! Lille break impressively, this time pushing forward down the left. The ball is worked in-field and Balmont runs onto a lay-off from deep to send a fierce effort skidding towards Sirigu's goal. The keeper, though, gets down to the shot and holds onto it.
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Nolan Roux
  • 64'
    PSG are starting to step up the pressure again here. Lille have been camped in the own half consistently since going behind.
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Blaise Matuidi
  • 62'
    JUST WIDE!! A goal-mouth scramble ensues from the free kick which is only cleared as far as Ibrahimovic out on the right. He clips the ball back into the danger area and Matuidi's touch appears to come back off the hands of Martin. The referee gives nothing and Verratti then sees a shot tipped around the post by Enyeama moments later.
  • 61'
    The Swede slams it straight into the wall again and this time the deflection is not as fortuitous.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Florent Balmont
  • 60'
    Balmont is the next in the book following a late challenge on Matuidi. This is further out than the one he converted in the first half, but Ibrahimovic clearly fancies his chances from this free kick...
  • 58'
    STAT: Lille have won eight of their last 10 matches in Ligue 1. Will they end PSG's 21-game undefeated run in the league tonight?
  • 56'
    Almost a costly error from Sirigu! The keeper clearly fails to communicate with Van der Wiel and parries a harmless cross straight into the danger area. His blushes are spared, though, as Alex beats Roux to the loose ball and clears the danger.
  • 54'
    SubstitutionFranck Beria Djibril Sidibé
  • 54'
    Well, well, well! Who'd have thought it! Lille are leading in Paris and as things stand they would move into second position, closing the gap on PSG at the top to just one point.
  • 53'
    Penalty Goal Salomon Kalou
    GOOOOOAAL!! Kalou slots it straight down the middle to put the visitors ahead for the first time tonight. The Parc des Princes is stunned.
  • 52'
    There is a long wait before the spot-kick is taken as Beria needs a stretcher in order to be removed from the field of play.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Lucas Digne
  • 51'
    PENALTY TO LILLE!! Martin spots the run of Beria down the right and slides a great pass into him. The referee points to the spot, but the contact with Digne may possibly have come from just outside the box.
  • 50'
    Just awful from Roux! I don't want to sound like I'm picking on him, but the first touch of the striker lets his team down in a potentially dangerous three-on-three situation. What a waste.
  • 48'
    That is excellent from Kalou, committing Verratti on the half-way line and looking to slide a pass towards Roux. It wasn't the best of passes, but the striker was offside anyway.
  • 46'
    We are back underway in Paris! Replays of that Mavuba goal show that the shot took a slight deflection off of the hand of Alex which took it away from Van der Wiel who was back covering on the line. But had it not gone in, myabe the Brazilian would have been shown a red!
  • Welcome back! The second half is just seconds away.
  • HALF TIME - PSG 1-1 Lille: It is all square at the break. Ibrahimovic's deflected free kick opened the scoring but les Dogues pulled one back on the stroke of half time through Mavuba. The midfielder was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch having pushed Ibrahimovic in the face right under the referee's nose moments earlier, but as it stands we are as we were for the second half. Stay tuned for it!
  • 45' + 3'
    The half-time whistle goes!
  • 45' + 1'
    We are into the first minute of additional time.
  • 44'
    Assist Salomon Kalou
  • 44'
    Goal Rio Antonio Mavuba
    GOOOOOAAALL!! LILLE EQUALISE! That was a fantastic move from Girard's men. Mavuba dispossessed Verratti in midfield and began his charge forward. The ball was eventually worked to Kalou on the right side of the area via Gueye and Balmont and his cross was stuck home by Mavuba with a cool finish at the back post.
  • 43'
    The game is becoming rather scrappy in the closing stages of the half. Alex goes in strongly on Roux when there really is no need and so the referee awards the visitors a free kick.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Rio Antonio Mavuba
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • 41'
    Mavuba is lucky to still be on the pitch! The midfielder was provoked by a push from Ibrahimovic but he pushed the striker in the face right under the nose of the referee. Most of the time such an action would result in a straight red.
  • 40'
    There is a bit of a fracas in the Lille half which seems to be the result of an altercation involving Ibrahimovic. The referee has his yellow card out ready and waits for the players to disperse before showing the Swede and Mavuba both a yellow.
  • 39'
    Ibrahimovic slips a delightful pass down the channel for Lavezzi but the Argentine is tracked closely by Rozehnal and the centre-back manages to steer his opponent away from goal.
  • 37'
    Van der Wiel almost catches Enyeama out as his whipped cross from the right starts to angle towards goal. The Nigerian keeper manages to get a solid pair of hands to it in order to divert it behind for a corner, though.
  • 36'
    Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    GOOOOOOAAAAL! Ibrahimovic sticks it in the far corner! Brilliant from the Swede, but his thumped free kick looks to have taken a deflection on its way past Enyeama. Nevertheless, he will claim that as his 15th Ligue 1 strike of the season.
  • 35'
    A reckless challenge from Balmont gives PSG a chance shoot from a free kick 25 yards out...
  • 34'
    Just too high for Lucas! Another cross from the right is again a source of danger for the visitors, but they get let off the hook as the Brazilian winger is unable to get his head to the delivery in the box.
  • 32'
    WHAT A MISS!! Enyeama fails to deal with a corner and it falls to Ibrahimovic at the back post. His first touch sets him up perfectly to drill the ball at goal, but his effort looks to be heading wide. Thiago Silva, on the edge of the six-yard box, therefore gets a foot to it but somehow contrives to send his effort over the top of the goal. Unbelievable.
  • 30'
    Sirigu has had nothing to do in the first half hour of this game. The Italian has been nothing but a spectator so far but he will need to stay on his toes.
  • 28'
    Digne goes down after a rash, but fair, challenge from Beria but the loose ball falls fortuitously for Lavezzi on the near side. Balmont quickly gets back to help his defence deal with the Argentine and he manages to get a foot to the ball in order to send it behind for a corner.
  • 27'
    Roux's hold-up play has been abysmal so far tonight. The Lille striker seems incapable of retaining possession and his poor first touch sees a rare attempt from the visitors to get into the area breakdown.
  • 25'
    The midfield diamond that Rene Girard has deployed tonight is leaving the Lille full-backs extremely exposed. Balmont and Gueye are being drawn inside and thus leaving acres of space for Digne and Van der Wiel to push into.
  • 23'
    Penalty claim! Matuidi again burst into the box from deep and he knocked the ball away from Beria. The right-back got nowhere near it and the PSG man tumbled to the floor, but the referee awarded nothing. He perhaps felt that the midfielder was not going to get onto the end of that touch anyway.
  • 22'
    GREAT DOUBLE SAVE!! Digne again finds acres of space out on the left and his low cross is dummied at the near post by Ibrahimovic, leaving Lavezzi to add the finish from the centre of the box. He strikes the ball straight at Enyeama and the keeper recovers to punch it behind for a corner after it looped up off of him.
  • 21'
    STAT: PSG have only conceded three goals at home so far this season, and Lille have only managed to net six times on their travels.
  • 19'
    Good tracking from Matuidi there as he races back and steals the ball off the toes of Kalou just outside the area. He then steams down the other end and receives a pass from Ibrahimovic at the top of the box but goes to ground under pressure from the defence. The referee sees nothing wrong with it, though.
  • 17'
    PSG have been dominating possession in the opening stages with 69 per cent of it going there way. Lille will likely be restricted to hitting the hosts on the counterattack as things stand.
  • 16'
    The towering Swede tries to be clever and slide a pass down the side of the wall but Mavuba gets a foot to it and clears the danger.
  • 16'
    Verratti draws a free kick 35 yards from goal after shifting the ball away from his opposite number, Mavuba. Ibrahimovic stands over it...
  • 14'
    Les Parisiens are looking to slow the rather lively start to the game by knocking a few passes around at the back. Lille will be reluctant to push too high and risk leaving spaces open behind them.
  • 12'
    Martin goes in with a high foot on Matuidi and PSG win a free kick in the Lille half. Motta decides to take it short and Lille almost instantly regain possession and look to attack.
  • 10'
    STAT: PSG are undefeated in their last 21 home matches in Ligue 1.
  • 8'
    Van der Wiel has begun impressively, pushing on down the right and looking to supply the attackers. His cross finds Ibrahimovic this time around but the striker's effort takes a deflection which saps the pace from it before the ball is cleared away.
  • 6'
    Lavezzi should have left it! The Argentine was offside as he put an unimpressive flick on onto Ibrahimovic's lofted pass, but had he not got involved then Matuidi would have raced through on goal with an early chance to test Enyeama.
  • 4'
    Kalou has started as a striker tonight but he drops deep to pick up the ball here. He runs with it well but Martin's attempt to flick a pass into the feet of Roux brings the move to a halt.
  • 3'
    Digne pushes forward down the left to give PSG a man over on the attack but Ibrahimovic's throuhg-ball to the left-back is slightly overhit. He shows plenty of energy to try and regain the ball and send it into the box, but Lille deal with the pressure.
  • 1'
    We are underway at the Parc des Princes!
  • Kick off in Paris for the final Ligue 1 fixture of the year is just a few moments away.
  • Les Parisiens are in fine goal-scoring form in front of their own fans, having notched at least three goals in their previous five home matches. Lille, meanwhile, have conceded just three times on their travels this season. It looks difficult to predict what way this will go.
  • PSG needed extra time in order to progress past Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek, while Lille have had a week of rest since their 2-1 victory over Bastia last Sunday. Will that have an impact on the outcome of tonight's game?
  • There is no Edinson Cavani for the hosts tonight as he returned to Uruguay to deal with personal issues in midweek. Christophe Jallet and Maxwell are also sidelined this evenings match, in which Lille will operate with Marvin Martin leading a midfield diamond.
  • Lille substitutes: Elana, Sidibe, Delaplace, Meite, Origi, Rodelin, De Melo.
  • Lille (4-4-2): Enyeama; Beria, Rozehnal, Basa, Souare; Balmont, Mavuba, Gueye, Martin; Roux, Kalou.
  • PSG substitutes: Douchez, Marquinhos, Camara, Rabiot, Pastore, Menez, Ongenda.
  • PSG (4-3-3): Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Digne; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Lucas, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi.
  • My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through what should be an intriguing meeting in Paris. The teams have been announced so lets see who we can look forward to seeing tonight.
  • Hello and welcome to tonight's Ligue 1 meeting between league leaders Paris Saint-Germain and third-placed Lille at the Parc des Princes. Monaco's surprise defeat to Valenciennes on Friday opens up an opportunity which both of these sides will be keen to snap up. PSG could move five points clear of Claudio Ranieri's men with a win, while for les Dogues victory would see them end the year in second place, one point behind tonight's opponents.