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March 9, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: M. Lesage
• Attendance: 44990
Z. Ibrahimovic 59', 62'
B. Moukandjo 36'
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Zlatan Ibrahimovic
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: PSG 2-1 AS Nancy - there we have it. Gritty win for Ancelotti's side, as they go five points clear!
90' + 3'
PSG's soon-to-be-confirmed victory puts the pressure back onto challengers Lyon and Marseille, who face each other tomorrow. A draw will put PSG in the clear again, but a defeat for either will severely dent their hopes as Ibrahimovic is booked for...well - he's actually hoofed a loose ball into the stands!
90' + 2'
Last few opportunities for Nancy to steal an equaliser, as a cross from Karaboue sails over the defence, and out for a goal-kick. Gabriel is NOT happy.
90' + 1'
Into the first of FOUR additional minutes at the Parc, as Bakar is replaced by Coulibaly.
PUYGRENIER! What a chance. What a chance for Nancy. Fabulous opportunity, and he's only gone and hoofed it miles over the bar. The pull-back into the area was fantastic, and after beating Thiago Silva, the centre-back fires it well, well, clear of Sirigu.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Could've sealed his hat-trick, but Nancy are handed a reprieve. The Swede forces Loties off the ball and fires a shot across the face of goal, and it flies wide.
Oh no. PSG could've sealed the game there and then, as another counter-attack puts Nancy on the back foot. It's three against one, as Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and Menez all make their way forward, but Puygrenier clears at the death!
ZITTE! THAT WAS THE CHANCE! Fabulous save once again from Sirigu who palms the shot, goalbound, towards the post. Amazing recovery fro the goalkeeper.
Nancy hit on the counter following a failed Beckham corner. Louis brings the ball forward, towards Bakar on the left but the back-heel from Karaboue sees Gameiro take possession.
LAVEZZI! Good chance from the Argentine, but he is unable to emulate Ibrahimovic's second goal and get around Gregorini. The corner from Beckham is hurriedly cleared by Zitte.
Stat-attack: Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goals, PSG would be 12 points worse off. I.E. in joint-fifth with OGC Nice.
Paul Alo'o Efoulou
Substitution: Jeff Louis on for the ineffectual Paul Alo'o Efoulou, as Nancy attack this free-kick, which flies over everyone and out for a goal-kick.
Well, not like that, as Djamel Bakar skies a shot miles over Salvatore Sirigu's bar. It's been a testing afternoon for PSG, but it appears they've done their duty.
Sane holds off Gameiro, as he wins a goal-kick. The visitors are still sticking to the same game-plan, absorbing the hosts' attack and then breaking on the counter. Can it work in the remaining time?
Beckham's corner easily dealt with by Nancy, who also get the better of Kevin Gameiro's powerful shot from distance. They're not conceding defeat just yet, ASNL.
Less than a quarter of an hour left, as we get a close-up of Ibrahimovic's rather snazzy Nike trainers. Corner to PSG, and it's the number 32, David Beckham to take.
PUYGRENIER! WHAT A CHANCE! What a save by Sirigu. Ball drifted in at the far post, and the captain heads towards the top corner, only to be denied by a super stop by Sirigu. Gabriel is furious on the touchline.
Substitution - Verratti, pretty good in this game, goes off for David Beckham. Cue hysteria.
Gameiro, largely a peripheral figure at the club nowadays, holds the ball as he waits for his team-mates to disperse. Puygrenier recovers possession and Bakar wins a free-kick off Matuidi.
Corner drifted in by Bakar, but again Sirigu gets first to it, with an unorthodox punch away. Nancy put the ball back into the danger zone, with Bakar playing it short towards Sane, but still nothing doing.
Karaboue leads the Nancy charge, as the visitors progress. It's a poor pass initially, but they get a second chance as Verratti blocks a speculative shot out for a corner.
Could we be seeing David Beckham anytime soon? He's gone for a warm up once more - but back to the field, Sakho plays a dodgy ball towards Sirigu, who clears for a throw-in under pressure from Zitte.
Menez races onto a fine pass from midfield, as he loses Puygrenier. Just offside ruled by the assistant referee. 23 minutes to go at the Parc des Princes.
Nancy do not look like the side that dominated the Ligue 1 leaders just moments ago, with Florent Zitte coming on for goalscorer Moukandjo. What can the visitors get from this now?
Verratti once again instrumental, playing the superb pass which lead to Ibrahimovic's goal - as has been the case many times this season. Take a bow, Marco!
Well, I was going to say that the wind was firmly in PSG's sails, but Ibrahimovic's two goals in three minutes caps a remarkable turnaround for Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Assist Marco Verratti
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! PSG MAKE IT 2-1! Superb run, and superb finish by Ibrahimovic who dummies the goalkeeper, who rushes out of his net for no apparent reason. Fine finish, and superb composure. 2-1.
All PSG now, as Lavezzi races past his opponent and lands a low cross towards Ibrahimovic. The Swede leans back to shoot, and it promptly flies over the bar. Could've been a remarkable turnaround there.
Spare a thought for Lucas Moura on the bench, the youngster looks to be in tears. Crunching challenge but a fair one from Mangani.
Assist Jérémy Menez
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! PSG EQUALISE! Zlatan Ibrahimovic turns in his 23rd league goal of the season with a fine close-range effort. It more than makes up for his meek penalty challenge earlier. Nancy on the backfoot.
PENALTY?! NO! The referee tells Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get up after a challenge from Jordan Loties at the back. It was a clean one too, as they both went for a header. Boos ring out as a sign of displeasure.
Van der Wiel with a heavy touch towards Verratti which sees the ball fly out of play. Referee allows the substitution to occur now, as Gameiro is thrown on for the injured Lucas Moura.
Substitution being readied by Carlo Ancelotti as Lucas Moura departs in considerable pain after a heavy challenge. Ball back into play for now, PSG down to 10 temporarily.
Delivered in well by Mangani, but confusion between Puygrenier and Moukandjo sees the ball fly out easily at the second attempt. Referee gives PSG a free-kick after some unlawful jostling in the box.
Another brilliant Verratti pass this time to Lucas, who cuts in past the defender, but a wayward pass allows Nancy to break. Moukandjo wins a corner for his efforts, Sirigu unable to keep the ball in play.
Bakar fouled by Verratti, and the referee lectures the young midfielder who protests that it was his first offensive. Free-kick to Nancy, taken by Ayasse, but headed away brilliantly by Thiago Silva
Another lofted ball from Verratti into the path of Menez, with Loties having to charge the ball down away for a corner. Delivered in by Menez, and cleared by goalscorer by Moukandjo.
That was the second big stop the goalkeeper has made in this game, after thwarting Lucas Moura in the first half. Nancy, however, are beginning to be broken often now.
IBRAHIMOVIC! SUPER STOP BY GREGORINI! Fantastic play from PSG, and Ibra in particular, as the Swede bombs down on goal, after being threaded through by Verratti. He held of his marker, lifting over the goalkeeper, but Gregorini at hand to palm the ball away. Point-blank stuff.
Ball in from Maxwell on the left, but it's well headed away by Mangani. PSG still probing in midfield, but Nancy are at the moment, just that one step ahead.
SUBSTITUTION: Jeremy Menez (on) Javier Pastore (off) - the France international, who missed out on a starting position is thrown on for Pastore, who in truth, has endured a very poor game.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! PSG get us started, with their title hopes hanging in the balance for now. Can they embark on a resurgence? Substitution to tell you about in a second...
What can Carlo Ancelotti do to inspire his side to recover? Blaise Matuidi told French TV during the interval that the performance was down to Champions League fatigue, with only Ibrahimovic and Verratti the players not to have faced Valencia.
A shock scoreline unfolding here in Paris, as furious boos ring out at the interval. It's been an open game, and only one chance has been taken - that of Benjamin Moukandjo. Join us again in 15 minutes for the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 AS Nancy (Moukandjo)
45' + 1'
Into the one minute added on at the end of the first half, as Blaise Matuidi is flagged offside.
Moukandjo makes great progress down the right, and aims to pick out Efoulou up front, but the ball skids across the surface too quickly, and is played into the path of Thiago Silva instead.
If PSG lose this fixture, that would mean they've lost games against sides occupying 16th, 17th and 19th in three of their last four league fixtures. And who said Ligue 1 was boring? A minute to go until half-time here.
Gregorini receiving medical attention from the physios after that save using his face! PSG have a free-kick here, just outside the area after an infringement, but they've sportingly given the ball back.
LUCAS! What a save by Gregorini. The Brazilian was in and fired powerful shot towards the goalkeeper. It clatters Gregorini in the face, as the ball is cleared away.
Verratti again with a fine pass into Lavezzi, if slightly overhit as Gregorini rushes off his line to gather possession. It's been a calm game from the visitors, Patrick Gabriel's side belying their 19th place position with this performance.
The boos ring out as the fans make their displeasure known. Still, the hosts respond as Verratti's ball into the path of Ibrahimovic forces last-ditch defending from the visitors.
MOUKANDJO! It was so close to being 2-0! PSG cut up again through the middle, as the pacy forward races down the middle and fires a shot just wide of the post. What is going on here?!
And the Parc des Princes has fallen silent! Nancy in the lead, the side sitting in 19th. Poor mistake it was from Pastore, giving the ball away so easily. With Lyon and Marseille facing each other tomorrow, what ramifications will this have for the title?
Goal B. Moukandjo
GOOAAL! NANCY TAKE THE LEAD! It's a shock scoreline unfolding at the Parc des Princes. Pastore is the villain as he gives away possession cheaply. Moukandjo's initial shot is blocked by Sirigu, but the forward heads the rebound over Thiago Silva to put his side into a surprise lead!
Corner comes to nothing, but the visitors break with pace once again as Karaboue seeks to get Moukandjo in the loop with a lofted ball which is headed away.
LUCAS! Good chance from the Brazilian there. He skips past the challenge of Sane so nonchalantly, before turning on his left and seeing his shot charged down for a corner.
Great skill by Bakar before he back-tracks to utilise further options in midfield. The visitors don't seem to be able to hold onto possession for long periods of time, however, as they again relinquish ball control.
Gone half an hour in the French capital, and league leaders PSG are being matched by 19th placed AS Nancy. It's been a distinctly open game thus far, with chances at either end.
Sakho is required to clear the ball hurriedly, but only manages to get as far as Maxwell as Nancy advance. Referee awards a free-kick to the hosts after the left-back was illegally impeded.
And the resulting corner is wasted once more by the visitors, as defender Sane heads way off target. Still, great Nancy pressure at the moment.
JEBBOUR! Fantastic attempt, and IT'S HIT THE BAR! So close from the full-back who advances deep before turning out Gregory van der Wiel and crashing a shot off the woodwork. Sirigu got a touch to that too!
Nervy moment from the Nancy goalkeeper there as Gregorini plays a seemingly innocuous pass straight to the path of Ibrahimovic. Both Loties and Mangani double up to deny the striker however.
Nothing, is the answer as the corner is played too close to the goalkeeper as Sirigu flaps the ball away into the path of Pastore.
It's Nancy's turn to trouble the hosts as a cross-ball from the right forces Thiago Silva to clear the ball behind for a corner, after a slight nudge from Efoulou. What can Nancy do here?
Free-kick awarded against Ayasse for a challenge on Matuidi. Free-kick launched into the penalty box as Ibrahimovic attempts to control the ball against three defenders. He pulls it off, but the referee rules he pushed Puygrenier whilst doing so.
Gregorini takes his time to release the ball, but manages to find Efoulou right up at the other end, but the striker loses out in the challenge to Thiago Silva who responds with a powerful header. With Silva, PSG's defence instantly looks more composed.
Yellow Card B. Moukandjo
And we have the first shot of David Beckham, watching on the bench, with the camera cutting to his son, wife and mother in the stands too. If that's not a treat, I don't know what is. 21 minutes gone at the PdP.
There's a PSG player down - Javier Pastore, who appears to be slightly injured. The referee stops play, and goes back to book Benjamin Moukandjo for the tackle on his ankle.
Half-chance for PSG as Lavezzi is threaded the ball neatly, but the Argentine over-controls the ball and his cross back into the danger zone is overhit.
Corner delivered in by Karaboue, but it misses everybody, including Puygrenier as PSG are awarded a throw-in. Poor delivery in truth from the visitors.
Nancy were the only side to do the double over PSG last season, winning 2-1 at home, as well as securing a shock 1-0 win through Jean Calve's goal in their last visit to the capital.
Lovely passes from the hosts at the moment as Verratti orchestrates through the midfield. The Nancy defence holds their own at the moment, as ASNL progress up the field.
Still 0-0 in an open game at the Parc des Princes so far, chances at either end with Matuidi and Karaboue spurning either side's best opportunity so far.
MATUIDI! Fantastic chance, and he's missed it. The midfielder is played through the middle, and is on a one v one chance against Gregorini, but fires his shot into the side netting.
Lavezzi and Van der Wiel combine down the right to instigate a goalscoring opportunity, before the ball falls into Lucas Moura, whose shot is dragged just wide.
Brilliant defending from Loties as PSG finally find their feet. Ezequiel Lavezzi bombs down the wing, turning in Puygrenier and seemingly finding Ibrahimovic with the low cross before Loties turns away for a corner.
Sakho with a speculative ball down the middle towards Ibrahimovic, but the Swede just can't get a good connection with the ball as it bobbles all the way towards Gregorini.
KARABOUE! Fantastic shot, and a decent save from Salvatore Sirigu. A path opened up for the midfielder to test the goalkeeper from range, and it was at a decent height to be parried away.. Good strike.
It's a very courageous start from Nancy, who are playing with confidence against the Ligue 1 leaders. Ancelotti's side have not fared well against the teams in the bottom five.
Corner delivered in deep is punched away by Sirigu, but the relegation strugglers continue in possession as Puygrenier relinquishes control of the ball to Pastore.
Rare moment for Nancy as Jebbour races down the right flank, cutting in towards goal. He shoots on the edge of the area, but van der Wiel is on hand to deflect the ball away for a corner.
Verratti picks up the ball, advancing towards Ibrahimovic, but the pass is somewhat wayward as Puygrenier intercepts. So far, the hosts have made 76 passes to the visitors' 16!
Ibrahimovic goes down under a heavy challenge from the ASNL defence. The hosts looked distinctly average without their Swedish talisman in the draw with Valencia, what impact can he make today?
Good start from the visitors who immediately attack the hosts.They sit 19th in Ligue 1 having occupied the bottom for long periods of time.
KICK-OFF! Nancy get us started at a sunny Parc des Princes, attacking from left to right in their change strip of white.
The teams are out at the Parc des Princes. Kick off imminent.
TEAM NEWS David Beckham named only on the bench as Carlo Ancelotti names his strongest XI possible, three days after eliminating Valencia. The returning Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti see Clement Chantome and Thiago Motta out of the side, with Mamadou Sakho handed a reprieve. Nancy boss Patrick Gabriel names Paul Alo'o Efoulou up front as Vincent Muratori makes only the bench after recovering from injury.
AS NANCY: Gregorini; Jebbour, Loties, Sane, Puygrenier; Mangani, Moukandjo, Karaboue, Ayasse; Bakar, Efoulou
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu, van der Wiel, Sakho, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Matuidi, Verratti; Pastore, Lucas Moura; Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Ancelotti's job remains safe for now according to president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who interjected to Le Parisien that he was happy with the Italian trainer's work, and dismissed speculation about his job. PSG remain in three competitions, but a similar collapse in Ligue 1 after last season's title defeat to Montpellier won't be taken kindly, however. With Lyon and Marseille facing each other tomorrow, the onus is on the hosts to comfortably secure victory.
Nancy themselves have had a woeful season, languishing in 19th position after spending much of the season in 20th. Their form has picked up somewhat recently, with two wins in their last two, and recently proved to be PSG's bogey side - becoming the first and only team to do the double over them last season. Their last visit here saw them pick up a 1-0 win, a similar result today would have ramifications at the top and the bottom.
Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a 1-1 draw against Valencia which sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory, something that the Parisian side had not achieved since 1995. Today, they turn their attentions back to the domestic scene, and with recent defeats to struggling sides Sochaux and Stade de Reims, could a third follow?
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through today's events for the next two hours. Don't forget to use Twitter to send us your predictions, musings and comments and tell me what you think throughout the 90 minutes - the handle is @mohammedali_93. Also, don't forget to interact with the Goal.com MatchCentre, on the box to your right.
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