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UEFA Champions League
November 27, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: C. Thomson
• Attendance: 44466
Z. Ibrahimovic 7'
E. Cavani 90'
K. Manolas 80'
FT: PSG 2-1 OLY - Cavani's 90th minute winner blasts PSG to the last 16, but they were made to work. Verratti's red card did them no favours, as Olympiakos suffer a first defeat in more than two months.
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: PSG 2-1 Olympiakos.
90' + 3'
Into the final minute of stoppage time. What must Michel be thinking, with his side on the brink of qualification just five minutes ago. The good news is, they face Anderlecht at home next, and should see it through.
90' + 2'
And just like that. Benfica and Olympiakos are tied on 7 points, with Olympiakos in second on goal difference. PSG set to claim Group C.
90' + 1'
Siovas and Manolas at fault there, not tracking the run behind by Cavani who plunders in a winner for PSG. Lovely through ball by Rabiot.
GOAL! PSG 2-1 OLYMPIAKOS! CAVANI!! Heartbreak for Olympiakos. Benfica are ahead, and so too are PSG - Cavani beats his defender and powers a brilliant effort into the net. Roberto had no chance.
Yellow CardEdinson Cavani
Over in Brussels - Benfica have stolen victory at Constant Vanden Stock. Rodrigo's 90th minute goal sees them 3-2 up in Anderlecht.
YELLOW CARD - Cavani. The ninth yellow of the game, after a petulant act by Cavani, throwing the ball away after protesting the ball wasn't out. It in fact, was.
Edging towards full-time in Paris, as Samaris concedes a free-kick for a challenge on Rabiot.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Lucas Moura comes on in place of Blaise Matuidi.
Well, the tempo has gone down dramatically as Olympiakos look like they'll sit on the lead. The result suits both teams, with qualification at stake.
Yellow CardGiannis Maniatis
YELLOW CARD - Maniatis: And he too will be suspended for matchday six after a foul on Thiago Motta.
Well, as it stands - Olympiakos will qualify from Group C with Benfica drawing at Anderlecht. It's all set up for the Greeks here, can they go on and seal victory?
GOAL! PSG 1-1 OLYMPIAKOS - MANOLAS! The Greeks are level! Dramatic! The defender was offside, but he has tapped it in after Sirigu spills. Olympiakos have deserved it, PSG haven't been positive.
Fuster goes forward, and tees up Siovas, who unleashes Holebas on the left. Cross into the box is charged down, and yet again, we have a corner.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Zlatan Ibrahimovic departs in place of Marquinhos. Laurent Blanc wants to close this out.
SUBSTITUTION - Olympiakos: Joel Campbell departs in place of the experienced Javier Saviola.
Quarter of an hour to go in this Champions League clash, but don't write this one off yet. Olympiakos have the power to steal a point, and you could see it happening if PSG don't see this one out.
Over in Brussels, Anderlecht have hit back against Benfica, and it is 2-2 there. So, not all fatal for Olympiakos with defeat looming.
RABIOT! Great strike, and a fantastic save. Motta plays in a simple pass towards the 18-year-old, and he does ever so well to force Roberto into a neat save.
YELLOW CARD - Weiss: The substitute is booked with a late challenge on Thiago Motta. It's threatening to boil over.
Yellow CardVladimir Weiss
Holebas with a rather threatening cross from out wide, and it is cleared by Thiago Silva - with a fantastic clearance. Less than 20 minutes to go in Paris.
Rabiot is on a warning here, he upends Weiss with a strong challenge. Referee Thomson calls him back for a word, despite clear advantage for the Greeks.
Well, this game has a tense feeling to it now in the last few minutes, and the jeers continue to rain down on the pitch. Olympiakos meanwhile, have their sixth corner of the game.
Yellow CardAlejandro Domínguez
Yellow CardBlaise Matuidi
YELLOW CARD - Matuidi (PSG) and Dominguez (OLY) - both are cautioned for their reaction to that challenge.
Yellow CardGregory van der Wiel
YELLOW CARD - Van der Wiel (PSG) - the defender is booked, and therefore suspended for matchday six following his cynical challenge.
HANDBAGS! Here we go! Thiago Motta suffers some sort of injury, and Olympiakos decide to play on, unawares. The players stop, and the fans continue to boo the opposition. It's left to Van der Wiel to hack down Weiss to get play stopped. Cynical.
Now, Laurent Blanc's side are making the most of the ball now, seamlessly slotting into their usual passing movements.
Ibrahimovic is frustrated in the box. Cavani has a good bit of space to work with, but cuts in and gets crowded out. His strike partner is waiting on the far side, but the Uruguayan is pushed back.
Woah, another poor effort from the Parisiens. Cavani shrugs off Maniatis on the left, and fires the ball way over the bar.
Poor positioning from the visitors, and they are almost caught on the break. Maniatis gives the ball away in the middle, and Ibrahimovic pounces on it. Forward to Cavani, it is eventually seen out for a throw-in after a neat tackle by Siovas.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Over the bar. Expected that in the back of the net, but a loss of balance sees it over the bar. Neat move from PSG, with Ibrahimovic unsuccessful.
It's all the Greeks now, who are queuing up to take a strike. Mitroglou holds off his marker to feed Fuster, who in turn gets the ball to Weiss after failing to create some space. Eventually, Alex blocks the shot, and it's away.
Holebas drops into the middle as he gets on the end of a loose ball. Expectedly, he loses a bit of composure and fires way over the bar. Olympiakos haven't made the most of their chances tonight.
SUBSTITUTION - Olympiakos: Leandro Salino comes off for Alejandro Dominguez.
Mitroglou looks to make a neat move forward into the box, before he is upended by Adrien Rabiot. Olympiakos can now make their change.
Michel will be hoping his side go for the jugular with PSG down to ten. They haven't looked or played like a side unbeaten in all competitions since September.
Weiss does well to change direction and attempt to tee up Campbell on the far side, but he is barged out of the way by Ibrahimovic. The Slovakian hopes for a free-kick, but play continues.
Holebas bursts forward on the left, attempting to force an Olympiakos equaliser, but Matuidi tracks back deeper to dispossess him and progress forward. Opening up here in Paris.
Corner to PSG - their first of the game. Delivered in by Thiago Motta, who eventually gets the ball back, is adjudged to be in an offside position.
IBRAHIMOVIC!! WHAT A STRIKE! WHAT A SAVE BY ROBERTO!! Stunning effort there, way from distance. Power and at the right height, as Roberto tips the ball over the bar.
There's a definite nerviness in PSG's play, and the heat is turned up miles away in Paris - Benfica have come from behind to take a 2-1 lead over Anderlecht.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Adrien Rabiot comes on in place of Lavezzi. Laurent Blanc has sacrificed an attacker for a midfielder.
Yellow CardKonstantinos Manolas
YELLOW CARD - Manolas: The defender is reprimanded for a challenge on Lavezzi, and receives a booking in the process.
Cavani reprimanded for a challenge on Weiss, and the chorus of boos descend on the Park. The visitors cannot make the most of their free-kick.
SUBSTITUTION - Olympiakos - Vladimir Weiss, scorer of the Greeks' goal on matchday one v PSG is on, in place of Gaetan Bong.
RED CARD - MARCO VERRATTI!! Oh wow, what a shock there. The midfielder receives a second booing and is off! The complexity of the game has changed after 20 seconds in this second half.
UNDERWAY IN PARIS! PSG get us going, attacking from left to right.
The sides are out for the second half. We have a change too, more on that in a bit.
HT: PSG 1-0 OLY - Ibrahimovic's eighth goal of the group stages separates the sides. And the domination is clear, with PSG leading possession 71%-29%. The Greeks have had their chances, but are currently second best.
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HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Olympiakos.
45' + 1'
LAVEZZI! Free-kick played neatly forward by Ibrahimovic into the path of Lavezzi, who strikes a first time volley wide of Roberto's left post.
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Into one minute of additional time in Paris, and Olympiakos have their fifth corner of the game. Delivery from Samaris, and punched away by Sirigu.
Half-chance for PSG. Delivery is good from the left wing, but with Van der WIel lurking, Siovas is forced to divert the ball into the path of Roberto.
Campbell with a brief chance to shine on this near side, but he cannot get past Marco Verratti, and precedes to then foul him.
Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box with an outrageous piece of skill to breeze past Manolas. That leads to superb chants of 'IBRA IBRA IBRA' by the PSG fans, but they cannot spur him on to complete his strike, as Olympiakos hoof the ball away.
CAVANI! PSG can turn it on when they want it seems. Superb passing movements that sweep through the field. Verratti, to Cavani, who turns and strikes - well saved by Roberto.
PSG now at the other end, as Ibrahimovic seeks to make headway in the opposition box. Attempts to locate Cavani on his right, but Olympiakos maintain their shape.
No they cannot. Poor effort from Samaris with his delivery into the box, and it sails over the bar with a poorly timed header.
Great chance for Olympiakos here. Free-kick on the edge of the area after Blaise Matuidi fouls Joel Campbell. It's just outside the box too, can they make something of this?
PSG need to focus here, with Olympiakos getting more time in the opposition box. Mitroglou is on the end of a fabulous pass by Fuster, and takes a tumble. But no penalty.
MITROGLOU! He's had his chances, but again, not at the standard expected of him. Another pass forward, and he does well to get into space. Strikes powerfully at Sirigu, who cannot keep it in play. Corner.
Antonis Samaris is down on the pitch, and appears in some pain. Brief break in play as he's seen to.
Goal update in tonight's other group game. Anderlecht have been pegged back by Benfica, as Nemanja Matic equalises - it's 1-1.
CHANCE FOR PSG! Cavani plays a pass forward which Lavezzi beats goalkeeper Roberto to. The Argentine does well in resurrecting the move, which sees Cavani fail to connect with the pass in the box, as Holebas clears.
Half an hour gone in Paris - and PSG lead 1-0, and on course in winning Group C. Olympiakos have offered little in this first half.
Yellow CardMarco Verratti
YELLOW CARD - Verratti: The Italian midfielder picks up a booking for a rather silly handball. He knows straight away after taking a touch on Campbell's speculative pass forward.
Lavezzi can't hold off Salino in the box, as Olympiakos win a goal-kick. Roberto takes his time with it, and is booed heavily in the Parc des Princes. Not the best game plan, this early.
Fuster plays a short corner towards Samaris, who attempts to plough forward on the edge of the box. He also fails, with his long ball forward well wide.
MITROGLOU! Campbell plays a neat pass forward to the Greek striker, who powers a low shot towards goal. It takes a small deflection off of Ezequiel Lavezzi and they have a corner.
Lavezzi hasn't seen much of the ball in the first half so far, with the Argentine now flagged offside. He has no Champions League goals this season so far.
CAVANI! Blocked by Gaetan Bong. Lovely phase of play from the Ligue 1 champions as Verratti and Ibrahimovic combine brilliantly, with Cavani feeding off the first-time pass. He goes for goal, and is unsuccessful.
It's a rather threatening delivery from Holebas, as Maniatis gets on the end of that, but Blaise Matuidi is on hand to deflect the ball away. PSG attempt to break on the counter, but the move quickly fizzles out.
Corner to Olympiakos. Maniatis feeds Bong on the left wing, and his cross into the box deflects off Cavani and over Sirigu's bar. Second corner for the visitors.
You can see Van der Wiel's confidence and ability on the right hand side, as he cheekily lofts the ball for Ibrahimovic to chase, but Roberto rushes off his line to claim it.
PSG can go 35 matches unbeaten with victory tonight against the Greek champions. They have not been beaten in competitive football since the defeat to Reims in March.
Fantastic ball forward by Matuidi, who finds Cavani on the left.The Uruguayan cannot get onto the rebound as Salino clears first.
Olympiakos are really struggling to gain a foothold in this match, as Fuster concedes a free-kick for a foul on Motta. Lovely, crisp passing and the hosts have another chance too.
Not that PSG need it of course, but they can go through with defeat as things stand - Anderlecht have gone 1-0 up in Brussels against Benfica, as Mbemba scores.
Cavani creates some space on the right, and Van der Wiel spots it well, running on the overlap. This time though, his cross cannot find Ibrahimovic in the middle.
Cavani utilizes some space on the far side, and holds well to feed Verratti. PSG calmly keeping the ball on the edge of the area, as Thiago Silva hoofs the play back towards Cavani on the right. Olympiakos can't even get a touch!
Maniatis calls for Olympiakos focus as Holebas' corner is easily dealt with. PSG playing with power and pose through the midfield. They're a strong side, rarely losing the lead.
MITROGLOU! What a chance. PSG almost pegged back there, after a fine pass forward is latched onto Mitroglou, who gives Alex the slip. Strikes first-time into the midriff of Sirigu, who turns behind for a corner.
Free-kick to Olympiakos, taken forward by Fuster, and it's cleared poorly by Alex, only into the path on the edge of the area, but PSG get the ball away hurriedly.
Olympiakos have been pressing in recent moments, but PSG are keeping them at arm's length as Motta is reprimanded for a challenge on David Fuster.
That man Ibrahimovic has another goal, and that takes us up to eight in the group stages of the Champions League. He's equaled that record, one more and he breaks the record of goals in the group stages.
AssistGregory van der Wiel
GOAL! PSG 1-0 OLYMPIAKOS! - Ibrahimovic! He opens the scoring on the night of his 100th Champions League appearance. Fantastic low delivery from Van der Wiel, as always in this competition, and the Swede tucks in from close range.
All PSG so far, as they settle into their passing rhythm. Verratti and Maxwell combine, as Lavezzi comes in off the left. Cross in the middle is cleared away by the defender.
Good decision there from referee Craig Thomson - Matuidi already taking a tumble before coming together with Samaris, as Olympiakos get the ball away. The Greeks press, as Mitroglou fires the ball over the bar.
Gaetan Bong tracks the run of Gregory van der Wiel, but PSG continue their momentum. Matuidi races forward into the box, comes together with Samaris, and no penalty awarded.
Good move from Ibrahimovic who finds Maxwell, deep on the left flank. Leandro Salino races back to block the Brazilian's progress, and Olympiakos get the ball away.
Giannis Maniatis and Gregory van der Wiel are walking the disciplinary tightrope tonight, and both will miss matchday six if they get booked. PSG have made a positive start, as Roberto punches away Van der Wiel's cross.
KICK OFF IN PARIS - Underway in Group C, with the French champions attacking from right to left. Olympiakos are wearing a UNICEF branded shirt, which is interesting in itself.
No, PSG do come out in time, as the Champions League anthem blares out to huge applause in the Parc des Princes - accompanied by a message to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The Scottish referees have to knock on the dressing room door of PSG to get the champions out into the tunnel. As a result, we're likely to kick-off a little bit late!
Kick-off approaching, as Didier Deschamps takes his seat alongside former France coach Gerard Houllier. Tonight's referee is Craig Thomson, from Scotland.
Olympiakos have a good recent history in France, having beaten Marseille in the Stade Velodrome in 2011, and beating Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson last season. Can they get a hat-trick?
Following Olympique de Marseille's elimination to Arsenal last night, and Lyon's earlier capitulation in the play-offs, PSG are France's sole representatives in the Champions League. Can they go far and help France's lagging co-efficients?
TEAM NEWS: Kostas Mitroglou starts for the Greek champions as Siovas shakes off a knock to continue in the starting eleven. For PSG, Cavani and Lavezzi, who both started on the bench away to Reims, are back.
OLYMPIAKOS: Roberto, Maniatis, Holebas, Manolas, Leandro Salino, Bong, Samaris, David Fuster, Siovas, Campbell, Mitroglou SUBS: Megyeri, Papadopoulos, Paulo Machado, N'Dinga, Domínguez, Weiss, Saviola.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Van der Wiel, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Verratti, Cavani, Ibrahimović, Lavezzi SUBS: Douchez, Marquinhos, Digne, Ménez, Rabiot, Pastore, Lucas.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS
PSG do require at least a point, but they will qualify anyway with defeat, and hence closure of the group if Benfica fail against Anderlecht tonight. The Portuguese side need a PSG win this evening too.
Meanwhile, tonight is a special occasion for one Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He makes his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance tonight. His debut came all the way back in September 2002, when he scored a double in Ajax's 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais.
Olympiakos meanwhile are on hot form, having won all but two of their games (both draws) since their 4-1 defeat to the French champions in Pireaus in September. Michel's men will also qualify should they beat PSG this evening.
Laurent Blanc's men continue to power past all of their opponents, as they eased to a simple victory over Stade de Reims at the weekend to remain top of the table.
Paris Saint-Germain require just a point this evening to qualify for the last 16 as winners of Group C. They aren't there yet, having failed to beat Anderlecht on matchday four, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic salvaged a point.
Good evening, and welcome to live coverage of the UEFA Champions League fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympiakos from the Parc des Princes in Paris. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's events.
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