PSG vs. Saint-Étienne  1 - 2

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Ligue 1 wrap: PSG stunned, Ibrahimovic sees red

3 November 2012 22:40

Paris Saint-Germain's unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season came to an end as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Saint-Etienne.

There had been few suggestions PSG had the imagination to break down their visitors in an engrossing first half on Saturday.

It still came as a shock when Mamadou Sakho put the ball into his own net to give Saint-Etienne the lead.

PSG's woes were compounded when talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw red for a reckless challenge on Stephane Ruffier with 20 minutes remaining at Parc des Princes.

Saint-Etienne capitalised on their numerical advantage when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a second for the visitors just moments later.

Guillaume Hoarau restored some pride for the capital club with an 88th-minute strike but it proved nothing more than a consolation goal.

Carlo Ancelotti's side remain top of Ligue 1 for the time being, but Toulouse could steal their place if they overcome Bordeaux on Sunday, while Saint-Etienne have moved to within four points of the summit thanks to their third win in four games.

Lille continued their surge up the table with a comfortable 2-0 win at lowly Evian TG.

Nolan Roux opened the scoring on 40 minutes before Florent Balmont completed the win on the hour-mark as Lille claimed their first victory on the road in four attempts.

Valenciennes moved fourth temporarily after running out 3-1 winners at home to struggling Sochaux.

Foued Kadir put Daniel Sanchez's side ahead with a 12th-minute free kick and Gregory Pujol doubled the hosts' advantage 15 minutes later.

Pujol netted his second goal of the match on the hour-mark before Sebastien Roudet pulled a goal back two minutes later.

Elsewhere on Saturday, former PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc scored his second goal in three games as Rennes edged 10-man Reims 1-0, Nice followed on from their midweek victory over Lyon with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Nancy and defending champions Montpellier and Troyes played out a scoreless draw.

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Ancelotti ready for tough test

3 November 2012 00:54

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is aware of the dangers his team could face in their Ligue 1 clash against Saint-Etienne.

The club from the French capital sit top of the league with a three-point lead over Toulouse and are unbeaten in 10 Ligue 1 matches.

Ancelotti said he was not worried about the clash on Saturday, but insisted his team were mindful of the threats Christophe Galtier's men would pose.

"We cannot say that we are afraid, but we respect Saint-Etienne. This is a good team, in good form at the moment, who have a lot of quality going forward," the Italian told reporters on Friday.

"This will be a good game for us to follow up our good performances and stay at the top of Ligue 1."

Ancelotti said his side needed to be careful about being hit on the counter-attack and spoke about the quality of Saint-Etienne forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Brandao.

"We should not try to figure it out. We must play our game and show character and personality. We must continue to play and progress to pick up maximum points," he said.

"We must pay attention to their counter-attacks and certain players like Aubameyang or Brandao, who have the experience and give them great depth.

"As a team, they play beautiful football, so I'm expecting a great match. Of course we'll be on our guard defensively.

"But anyway, every team that has come here has played a dynamic game. This will probably be the case again."

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Ligue 1 preview: PSG look to build on lead

1 November 2012 16:16

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain host St Etienne on Saturday, as in-form Troyes await the visit of champions Montpellier.

Carlo Ancelotti's PSG opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table last week courtesy of a 1-0 win away to Nancy.

PSG's chief rivals Marseille and Lyon lost ground after their match at the Stade Velodrome was postponed due to bad weather.

That cancellation allowed Toulouse to sneak into second spot thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Brest, and they now sit three points back from PSG, level with third-placed Marseille and one point ahead of Lyon, who are fourth.

PSG face a test of their credentials against an in-form St Etienne at the Parc de Princes, with the visitors fifth on the table and unbeaten in their last six matches, a run which included a 3-0 League Cup win at Sochaux and a 4-0 thumping of Nancy.

Also on Saturday, Troyes' minor revival is likely to be challenged when they host title holders Montpellier at the Stade de l'Aube.

Promoted after finishing third in Ligue 2 last season, Troyes have struggled back in the top flight, and sit inside the relegation zone, second from bottom.

But they are unbeaten in their past three matches in all competitions, a run started by an unexpected 1-0 win at home to Marseille on October 21.

Since then Troyes have drawn at Stade de Reims and beaten Monaco 2-1 away from home, knocking the fallen giants out of the Coupe de la Ligue.

"I get the feeling that a lot of people don't really consider us as a real Ligue 1 club," Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan said after beating Ligue 2 side Monaco at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday.

"Monaco were dominant as they beat Valenciennes (in the round of 32) and were more or less the favourites against us. But we showed, and want to continue showing, that we're not in Ligue 1 by accident.

"We're playing a lot of games and we need to make up a lot of points. Directly after Monaco, I was already thinking about Montpellier."

The match of the round last week came at the Stade du Moustoir, where hosts Lorient came from 4-2 down to draw 4-4 with AC Ajaccio.

After recovering from their rollercoaster clash, Lorient go to Brest on Friday, while Ajaccio have a tough encounter at home to Marseille on Sunday.

On the same day, Lyon await the arrival of Bastia to the Stade de Gerland, while second-placed Toulouse go to Bordeaux.

In the other matches on Saturday, Evian host an under-performing Lille, with the 2010/11 champions looking to improve on their disappointing standing of 11th.

Elsewhere, Nancy visit Nice, while Stade Rennes are at home to Stade de Reims and Sochaux travel to face Valenciennes.

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +46 83
2 38 +6 71
3 38 +23 67
4 38 +11 64
5 38 +28 63
6 38 +19 62
7 38 +6 55
8 38 -1 53
9 38 +3 52
10 38 +2 51
11 38 -4 48
12 38 -16 47
13 38 -11 46
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -16 41
16 38 -7 40
17 38 -12 40
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -18 37
20 38 -30 29