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January 19, 2014
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: A. Delerue
• Attendance: 45956
Thiago Silva 10'
Z. Ibrahimovic 36', 64'
Thiago Motta 51'
E. Cavani 58'
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 5-0 FC Nantes - a five-star performance from the champions, who break 50 points in Ligue 1.
90' + 1'
Into the first of two minutes of stoppage time.
Stunning clearance from Maxwell to deny Nantes there as Djordjevic's cross into the box almost allowed someone to get on the end of that! Corner wasted.
For Nantes' sake, let's hope any injury time is minimal. Meanwhile, on the pitch Lucas Moura shows some quick feet, but cannot get past the last man as Cavani heads wide.
87 minutes. And Salvatore Sirigu finally makes the first proper save of the game! Celebratory for the Italian goalkeeper, but even that was straight forward as Bangoura's low ball is picked up.
CAVANI! Goal number six just won't come. Ball arrives at the feet of the Uruguayan who toe-punts an effort right into the midriff of Riou. But he is down, and play continues.
Tempo has significantly dropped in the last few minutes, as PSG continue to slowly creep forward as Maxwell and Thiago Silva keep possession between them for now.
Edging closer and closer to the full-time whistle. In truth, this has long been secured since half-time.
Ibrahimovic supplies a neat pass towards Moura, as Maxwell advances forward to enter an attacking triangle. Pastore picks up the ball, but they've been closed down by the visitors.
SUBSTITUTION: Nantes - Birama Toure is off for Fabrice Pancrate.
Poor delivery from Gakpe, as Ibrahimovic clears on the half volley. The attacking midfielder retrieves the ball, but is forced off as PSG counter attack through Matuidi.
Just under a quarter of an hour to go, though PSG continue this total domination brand of football. Bangour ha an attempt, as he picks out Djordjevic, but wins a corner for his efforts as Alex fights it behind.
Nantes have conceded more goals tonight, than in the last one and a half months combined in Ligue 1. They had only conceded four since 30th November, and only five since November 3rd.
They want a sixth! Edinson Cavani attempts an effort, but cannot force it beyond Riou as PSG are forced to drop deeper and restart the move. Moura keeps it in, but blocked off by Alhadhur.
Marquinhos wins the ball back as Lucas Moura tussles with Alhadhur, but the Canaries bring the ball away. Gakpe drops deeper, picking up the ball but cannot find Djordjevic.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Thiago Motta departs to a round of applause, and replaced by Marquinhos.
Surprisingly, we still have a full 22 minutes plus stoppage time to play here at the Parc des Princes. Laurent Blanc readying his final substitution.
You'd have to remember that this is the same Nantes side that sprung a shock at the Velodrome last month, beating Marseille 1-0, and contributing to the sacking of Elie Baup! They've been rolled over here in Paris.
A total exhibition for Paris Saint-Germain. A stunning game from them, they've done literally no wrong in this game. When the going is good, this is the result. As close to perfection as possible.
GOAL! PSG 5-0 Nantes!! - Ibrahimovic involved in the build up, but he has his second of the goal after taking up Matuidi's pass after his shot takes a nick off Djilobodji. Wow. Wow. Wow.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
THIAGO MOTTA! They're queuing up for this. Motta has the ball from distance, and has an effort towards goal. Unsuccessful, but very close.
IBRAHIMOVIC!! Chance for PSG. Verratti picks out Lucas Moura on the right who bursts through. Finds the Swede, who is denied by the legs of Remy Riou.
We've passed the hour mark. PSG are 4-0 up, and showing no signs of easing up here. Cavani looking dangerous as Verratti wins back the ball in midfield.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Edinson Cavani
GOAL! PSG 4-0 Nantes - CAVANI!! He gets his chance, and it's again all too easy. Nantes have gifted possession to Verratti, as Ibrahimovic beats Djilobodji and squares easily for Cavani, who makes it 13 for the season.
Cannot stress this enough. All too easy for Paris Saint-Germain, who have barely broken a sweat. This is an amazing, one-sided brand of football being played here.
Cavani, who hasn't scored this evening, and is four goals behind Ibrahimovic in the scorer standings, has a pop at goal himself - though that's not troubling the goalkeeper.
LUCAS MOURA!! Oh, what a chance. Fantastic move from the Brazilian who has made an impact, holding off the challenge of Cissokho. Provides the pull-back, but there are no takers.
SUBSTITUTION - NANTES: Adrien Trebel is replaced by Ismael Bangoura.
It's all so easy for the Parisiens as Nantes' defence implodes once more. Fantastic move from the champions. It was Matuidi and Motta in the box only, no strikers to be seen!
Assist Blaise Matuidi
Goal Thiago Motta
GOAL!! PSG 3-0 NANTES! MOTTA!! It's easy. It's SO EASY for the champions. Ibrahimovic starts the move again. Finds Van der Wiel who provides a high cross. Riou leaves it, as Matuidi keeps it in play with a header into the feet of Motta who blasts home.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Another chance goes begging for the Parisiens, who up the tempo as the Swede gets a header, but only claimed by Remy Riou.
Van der Wiel finds Matuidi, who is forced to track back all the way towards Sirigu as PSG start from the back. It's an exhibition passing move from PSG.
Foul on Lucas by Gakpe, as he makes an introduction into this game. Meanwhile, PSG have clocked up almost 500 passes so far, with Nantes struggling to break the 200 barrier.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ezequiel Lavezzi has been replaced by Lucas Moura.
Second half underway in Paris - we have a substitution to tell you about, more on that in a second.
HT: PSG 2-0 FCN - a completely controlled first half for the champions, with goals from Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic giving them a comfortable lead. Nantes have offered little.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 FC Nantes
45' + 1'
CHANCE FOR PSG! Oh, what a miss! Verratti with another fantastic cross for Ibrahimovic, who is yelled at by Lavezzi to leave it. The Swede ducks, but Lavezzi slams it wide.
Into the first of TWO minutes of additional time at the Parc des Princes.
CHANCE FOR PSG! Oh, a beautiful counter. Verratti sees Lavezzi down the wing with a superb pass. Low cross towards Matuidi evades the midfielder, but Cavani picks it up, before he too slams it across goal.
Trebel is coming alive for his side, as Van der Wiel is caught in possession. Towards Djordjevic, but Alex is on hand to clear the ball for a corner.
Jordan Veretout still struggling with an injury, as he emerges to take his place on the substitutes bench. Meanwhile, Nantes come forward in one of their rare spells.
Free-kick to Nantes, about 30 yards out. Taken by Gakpe, an inswinging effort in the box. It sails over everyone and into the arms of Salvatore Sirigu. Think that's the first touch he's had all night!
DEAUX! First attempt for the visitors in goal. Picks up a neat through ball against the run of play, from the right hand side of the box and powers one at goal. Side netting.
Yellow Card Marco Verratti
YELLOW CARD - Marco Verratti. The Italian gets his customary booking after sending Serge Gakpe to ground.
And PSG turn up the heat too, nine minutes before half-time. Ibrahimovic bursts through the field, finds Motta on the right, but his delivery is headed behind by Vizcarrondo.
Penalty Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! PSG 2-0 Nantes - IBRAHIMOVIC! Easy as you like. Sends Riou the wrong way, and Ibrahimovic has his 16th league goal of the season. Surely, that's that.
PENALTY TO PSG! Verratti goes under the challenge from Alhadhur. What a soft penalty award.
Referee Amaury Delerue hands a free-kick towards Nantes as Cissokho goes down under a challenge, but the hosts regain theball. And start slowly from the back. Dictation!
PSG attacking for that second. Ibrahimovic and Cavani combine but the delivery into the box is helped on by the defender, inevitably, it is cleared by the visitors.
Past the half hour mark, and you can only use the words 'total' 'domination to describe this first half performance from PSG so far. Nantes have barely had a sniff.
SUBSTITUTION - Nantes: Jordan Veretout has departed, replaced by Alejandro Bedoya.
Yep,he's going to have to leave on a stretcher. Looked an innocuous challenge against Thiago Silva, but Veretout has definitely come off worse there. Nantes down to ten for now.
Verratti's had an excellent game thus far, dropping onto either wing, and assisting play there. Meanwhile, Jordan Veretout goes down clutching his leg. Nantes may be forced into a sub.
Ibrahimovic attempts to locate Lavezzi with a through ball forward, but the pass doesn't come off as expected as Nantes regain possession. Nonetheless, it quickly switches hands.
Nantes will meet Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final next month at Stade de la Beaujoire. This would be an apt dress rehearsal, but not exactly giving the best account of themselves.
Free-kick to PSG. Taken by Thiago Motta, towards Ezequiel Lavezzi. Chased by Vizcarrondo, but the Venezuelan sees the ball away eventually for the visitors.
Nantes, with a win or draw, can leapfrog Olympique de Marseille in the Ligue 1 table - both clubs are on 32 points.
Superb counter from Verratti who picks up the ball just outside his own box and runs forward so eloquently. Picks out Ibrahimovic, who attempts a through ball forward for Lavezzi, but Djilobodji intercepts.
Alhadhur being played out of position. Ibrahimovic starts the move 30 yards out, enabling Cavani to then pass out wide to Van der Wiel with acres of space. Low cross in carried by Riou.
It'll be a tough game for Nantes - they've rarely ventured forward in the opening minutes thus far. All a procession for the league leaders as Matuidi comes forward.
Easy as you like for PSG, who continue to keep the opposition at arm's length. They continue to pass around with ease, inviting Nantes to attack at them, before going on the counter.
Third of the season for the PSG captain, with PSG leading with what was their first real chance of the game. Horrible defending from Nantes, and questions asked about Riou's positioning. Easy finish for the Brazilian.
Goal Thiago Silva
GOAL! PSG 1-0 Nantes - THIAGO SILVA! The captain opens the scoring! First sight of goal for the Parisiens, and it's in! From the corner, Cavani helps it on. Riou flaps at it and Silva sends it right into the back of the net with power!
Slight mishap from Salvatore Sirigu, who has put the ball out of play with a wayward side, but PSG recover. They lead the pass count, with almost four times as many passes as the Canaries!
Nantes with a rare break forward, led by Djordjevic. Lucas Deaux makes a neat run, setting up Serge Gakpe on his left, but the ball is cleared, with even Cavani dropping back to help out.
Nantes struggling to get back from their own half as Cissokho retrieves the ball on the flanks, but immediately loses possession. Upto eight players of PSG in the opposition half!
Cavani sets up Gregory van der Wiel who races down the right flank. Gets a decent cross into the box, with a bit of pace behind it but it is easily claimed by Remy Riou.
Good measured start from the Parisiens, who have settled into their passing rhythm already. Looking for a first home win of the year.
Underway in PARIS!! PSG get us going attacking from right to left in this game.
Nantes have sold out their ticket allocation for this game - a first at the Parc des Princes, with every visiting team failing to do so this term as a result of increased ticket prices.
STAT: The last time a promoted team won at the Parc des Princes was in 2010, as Montpellier beat PSG, then languishing in mid-table.
NANTES: Riou, Cissokho, Vizcarrondo, Djilobodji, Alhadhur - Deaux, Touré - Gakpé, Veretout, Trébel - Djordjevic
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu-Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell - Motta, Verratti, Matuidi - Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi
Back to tonight's encounter, but first - CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS.
For Nantes, their overperformance in Ligue 1 has attracted many suitors for the players. Captain and star striker Filip Djordjevic has long been linked with a move to Lazio or Inter Milan, while Issa Cissokho has attracted glances from Marseille, and Papy Djilobodji from the Premier League.
Entering the final third of the winter transfer window, and what sort of business can these two expect? PSG are without midfielder Adrien Rabiot for upto six weeks - with just three first-team midfielders remaining (Motta, Matuidi, Verratti). They had been long linked with Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1, the race for the Champions League took a new twist as Saint-Etienne beat third placed Lille to cut that gap to just three points. It proved also a good result for Marseille. 11 points behind the final CL spot last weekend, they could've shelved that to five points - but their game against Valenciennes was postponed due to heavy rain at Stade Velodrome.
Paris Saint-Germain meanwhile will look to kick on from their win last week against AC Ajaccio, and re-establish their five point lead at the top. Monaco beat Toulouse earlier, with the gap currently standing at just two.
The final game of the weekend sees the high-flying promoted side travel to the capital to face the champions, keen to avenge their narrow - yet highly entertaining - 1-2 defeat in August at Stade de la Beaujoire.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of tonight's Ligue 1 fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Nantes from the Parc des Princes in Paris.
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