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April 21, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: T. Chapron
• Attendance: 45369
J. Ménez 10'
Z. Ibrahimovic 65'
C. Chantôme 88'
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 OGC Nice - Parisians are now on the brink of the Ligue 1 title. A good win against the ten men of Nice.
Into two added minutes in an eventful encounter at the Parc des Princes.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Clément Chantôme
Ibrahimovic searching for a fourth as Ibrahimovic handles before Civelli takes him down. Referee Chapron sides with the visitors, as Nice win the award.
GOAL! PSG 3-0 NICE! CLEMENT CHANTOME! Superb from PSG - Ibrahimovic with the assist towards Chantome who taps in for his first L1 goal since April 2011. Brilliant.
Ancelotti and assistant Paul Clement congratulate Javier Pastore for his efforts as Kevin Gameiro comes on for the final few minutes of the game.
Paris Saint-Germain comfortably leading the possession count - 8% to 42% as they coast to what would be a 21st league victory of the season.
Clement Chantome comes on for goalscorer Jeremy Menez - Chantome's 24th Ligue 1 appearance of the season. Not bad for someone low in the pecking order.
Thiago Silva - honestly, a class footballer - expertly leads the charge from the back and through the midfield. Tees up Lavezzi with a fine defence-splitting through ball, but Delle saves.
JEREMY MENEZ! He races forward past Civelli and one on one, but the Argentine tracks back to deny the winger, who instead gets away with a wayward shot.
Pecjinovic with an almighty tackle to deny Ibrahimovic as PSG break with speed once more. It's three against two as Maxwell and Menez race forward, but the Serbia defender gets the ball away in time.
Substitution: Luigi Bruins taken off for Stephane Bahoken as Nice aim to get a consolation goal.
MAXWELL! Great shot, and good save by Delle. Superb play from PSG as Menez and Lavezzi combine, as the ball is laid bare for Mazwell to take a shot which is turned over by the goalkeeper.
Seems to me that the referee has ruled it out on the grounds that the ball initially went out of play before being tucked in. Still, how did it even go in from that angle?! Amazing.
INCREDIBLE GOAL FROM THIAGO SILVA! but it's ruled out! What a shame, and incredulity descends on the Parc des Princes. A moment of madness, as Silva tucks the ball past Delle from the acutest of angles.
Ibrahimovic blasts Pecjinovic for a foul as we await Delle to take the goal-kick after an attack fizzled out. Menez meanwhile, again fails to get past his marker as Pecjinovic deals well with the threat.
Firecrackers going off all over the Parc des Princes as PSG sit on the brink of the Ligue 1 title, with the championship set to be decided at the earliest in two weeks - if not mathematically next weekend.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic with his 27th Ligue 1 goal of the season - just ten less than the entire Olympique de Marseille squad who sit in 2nd place. PSG set to go nine clear.
Penalty Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! PSG 2-0 NICE! Ibrahimovic tucks away the penalty with aplomb, as Ancelotti raises his fists in glory. Delle went the right way, but that surely should be that.
Ospina has to be persuaded to leave the pitch. We're waiting for the sub goalkeeper Joris Delle to make an appearance, and he will replace Jeremy Pied - the unlucky player to come off.
Red Card D. Ospina
RED CARD DAVID OSPINA! A moment of madness from the Colombian goalkeeper - who attempts to dribble out of goal, and after losing the ball - he hacks down Lavezzi. Stupid move. Red card, and a penalty to PSG.
PENALTY TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN!
Kolodziejczak loses out to Verratti as Lavezzi picks up the ball. Cleverly finds Maxwell on the overlap, but Civelli also on song - racing back to deny the Brazilian.
Menez again locating Ibrahimovic up front, between the two defenders, but it's well overhit and sails out for a goal-kick. Approaching the hour mark here.
Abriel plays an astute pass towards Digard, with the former Middlesbrough player striking the ball well wide of the mark.
Mahamane El Hadji Traoré
SUBSTITUTION: Nice - Fabrice Abriel (ON) Mahamane Traore (OFF)
Pastore disguises a fantastic pass towards Van der Wiel, with the Netherlands international's cross hurriedly dealt with by Civelli. Great pace to this game.
LAVEZZI! Superb stop by Pecjinovic who heroically blocks the ball away. Brilliant pass into Ibrahimovic who breezes past Kolodziejczak and pulls across. Menez mis-kicks, and Lavezzi in acres of space sees his effort brilliantly dealt with.
Nice attack with ten men currently, with Thiago Silva heading away a prospective Cvitanich header. Nevertheless, Menez leads the break here....
Verratti having a word with the referee after catching Traore in midfield. Traore is going off here, after appearing to stretch his hamstring.
Kolodziejczak makes short progress on the left, but his low ball is easily cut out as Ibrahimovic is fouled in the middle of the pitch. Menez takes possession, but sees the ball fly out of play.
Menez gets forward well, before Genevois takes down Verratti. Free-kick PSG, taken quickly, before being reclaimed by Cvitanich - who is looking increasingly isolated.
PSG settle into their rhythm well after the resumption of the second half, gently knocking the ball around and maintaining their composure. Back to Sirigu, who clears hurriedly.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! Nice get us started attacking from right to left in their white change strip.
TV replays show Renato Civelli actually kissed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the neck during that "altercation" - bringing a wry smile from Ibra. And who says romance is dead?!
HT in Paris - Jeremy Menez's goal the difference at the interval as Ibrahimovic gives Civelli a thumbs up for winding him up. Watch out for more of that in the second half as PSG head into the dressing rooms in the lead.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Renato Civelli
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Zlatan Ibrahimovic
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 OGC Nice (Menez 10')
YELLOW CARD: Renato Civelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both booked after an altercation between the two involving pushing and shoving.
Yellow Card Didier Digard
Ibrahimovic over the wall and it's hit a hand as it comes off Cvitanich and out for a corner. Ibrahimovic is incensed at the decision, but PSG have a corner.
YELLOW CARD: Didier Digard. Ezequiel Lavezzi absolutely hacked down as PSG broke through. The Nice captain receives a yellow card, and the Parisian side have a free-kick in range.
Nice threatening on the pitch at the other end, but the dead-balls have been so poor this evening. The ball towards Cvitanich has been near enough atrocious.
Free-kick awarded to Nice after Kevin Anin is fouled by Ezequiel Lavezzi. Meanwhile, Nice have only lost three of their last 15 against Paris Saint-Germain.
Ibrahimovic played into space but tackled away at the death by Pecjinovic who gets his strength behind the ball and play it safely towards Ospina. Good chance that was for PSG.
Statistic: PSG have not lost a game outside of Ligue 1, save for the 1-0 defeat to FC Porto in the Champions League. They were knocked out on away goals to Barcelona, and on penalties to Saint-Etienne and Evian in the domestic cups.
PASTORE! Over the bar. Great chance from the Argentine, but he fires well over the bar after the ball was headed away into his path.
PSG break again in speed, as Pecjinovic clears behind for a corner. Pastore fed in midfield, as he tees up Ibrahimovic whose cross in is turned behind. The hosts' second of the night.
Van der Wiel combines with Pastore on the far side, with the latter firing an over-hit cross-cum-shot which Lavezzi fails to keep in play. 33 minutes gone; PSG 1-0 Nice.
SIRIGU! Oh, he's missed that completely. Poor from the Italian goalkeeper, who is bundled over by the attackers with the danger cleared by Ibrahimovic.
Another set-piece opportunity for Nice who continue to tot them up in this first half after Silva and Maxwell combine to clear the danger behind for a corner.
DIGARD! Great effort, speculative shot from distance which Salvatore Sirigu required two attempts to hold onto. Nice playing enterprising football at the minute, but unable to unlock the PSG defence.
Matuidi dispossessed by Traore, who tees up Anin in lovely one touch football, with the energetic Matuidi racing back immediately to fight for the ball. Brilliant.
MENEZ! Great chance, even greater save by Ospina. Civelli at fault as Ibrahimovic wins the aerial battle, teeing up Menez, whose point-blank effort is parried away by the Colombian goalkeeper.
Menez with another outburst at the referee, as he treads every so slightly. Meanwhile, Lavezzi foulde by Anin in midfield, as PSG aim to add to their goal.
Yellow Card Jérémy Menez
CIVELLI! Came at him quickly, the big Argentine after a deflection of the ball arrived in his path. Took a left-footed shot which was hurriedly blocked by Sakho at the back.
Yellow card shown to Jeremy Menez following dissent at the award of the free-kick. Digard over this anyway.
Poor one that, and easily deal with by the Parisians. Nevertheless, Ancelotti furious at the manner in which PSG are constantly conceding free-kicks, as Nice win another one.
Digard with an inswinging free-kick, headed away for a corner by Thiago Silva following pressure from Renato Civelli. Corner to be also taken by Digard.
Nice contuining to chase the ball but have a free-kick following a strong challenge from Lavezzi on Jeremy Pied. Free-kick in a decent position, and a favourable angle.
Kolodziejczak makes progress with his bursting pace down the left-wing. Again races into position, with Digard pulling the strings in midfield, but Sakho and Co. clean up at the back.
Digard with the free-kick, whipped in deep at the far post and headed away by Sakho at the last moment. Bruins then dispossessed by Jeremy Menez as PSG look to nullify the threat.
Traore takes a colliision in the PSG box with Thiago Silva, but play goes on as Nice threaten. Matuidi concedes a free-kick for an unnecessary tackle on Pied.
Crunching challenge from Civelli on Ibrahimovic, with the latter voicing is feelings about that untimely block. Civelli, a former Marseille defender, roundly booed by the players.
KOLODZIEJCZAK! What a chance, and what a relief for PSG. It came out of nowhere, as Bruins attempted to get past Van der Wiel. The left-back moved into position and flashing a great chance just wide of Sirigu's goal.
As it stands, Paris Saint-Germain sit nine clear of Marseille - they cannot win the title next weekend, but at the earliest, the weekend after. 1-0 PSG, and it has been deserved.
Assist Javier Pastore
Goal Jérémy Menez
GOAL! PSG 1-0 OGC NICE - JEREMY MENEZ OPENS THE SCORING! Fantastic counter, and superb ball curled towards Pastore in acres of space. The Argentine bamboozles Ospina who races off his line, squaring for Menez to tap-in. First blood.
First Nice counter in the PSG box as Kevin Anin progresses, feeding Romain Genevois on the wing. Cross in is headed away and PSG start the counter.
Shot taken by Luigi Bruins, in towards Cvitanich but the referee's whistle goes indicating offside. The visitors haven't got going yet, as it stands.
Good PSG pressure in these early stages as Lavezzi is hauled down by Cvitanich. Nice's Argentine striker has 14 goals to his name in L1 this year - one less than the best tally set by Loic Remy and Bakari Kone since OGCN's promotion in 2003.
Corner palmed away by Ospina who eventually gathers it at the second attempt. Nice attempt to break, but Genevois is reprimanded for a tackle in midfield.
All PSG at the moment as Menez progresses down the wing, with Lavezzi teeing up Maxwell on the overlap. The Brazilian's cross in is palmed away by Ospina as PSG win a corner.
LAVEZZI! Good chance already as Anin is dispossessed. Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi combine, with Menez on the far side. It's 3 against 3, but the defence get their act together to see the ball back to Ospina in time.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! PSG get us started attacking from right to left. Nice in their change strip of white. Can the hosts avenge tehir 2-1 defeat at Stade du Ray on December 1?
Tonight's referee is Tony Chapron. A good atmosphere on a warm spring evening here in the French capital. Kick-off moments away.
The teams are in the tunnel, as cameras cut to former France president Nicolas Sarkozy sharing a few words with current France manager Didier Deschamps in the stands.
TEAM NEWS: David Beckham makes way for Marco Verratti as PSG name their strongest line-up. In comes Ezequiel Lavezzi also, unseating Jeremy Menez. For Nice, Luigi Bruins is included following Eric Bautheac's suspension.
OGC NICE: Ospina - Genevois, Pejcinovic, Civelli, Kolodziejczak - Digard, Anin - Pied, Traoré, Bruins - Cvitanich.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu – Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva (cap.), Sakho, Maxwell – Pastore, Verratti, Matuidi, Lavezzi – Ménez, Ibrahimovic.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Nice, this season's revelations, sit in sixth place following Lille's earlier win. With five points separating themselves and Lyon in third, a win today could enhance their Champions League or Europa League prospects. Newly crowned Coupe de la Ligue winners Saint-Etienne are just above them.
With nothing other than Ligue 1 to play for, PSG cannot afford to slip up here tonight. Defeat would see them just six points clear of Marseille with 15 left to play for, with Lyon two further behind. Nice meanwhile, are also playing for European football.
Paris Saint-Germain head into their first home league fixture of April on a considerable low following their 4-1 penalty shootout defeat to Evian in the Coupe de France on Wednesday. The likes of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic underperformed and with five games to go, will they bottle it again here tonight?
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.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from Ligue 1. Round 33 - five games left until the end of the season. And tonight sees champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain take on Champions League chasing high-flyers OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes.
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