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Ligue 1 wrap: Ibrahimovic on target for PSG, Reims upset Montpellier

14 September 2012 23:19

Paris Saint-Germain recorded their second successive Ligue 1 victory with a 2-0 win over Toulouse at Parc des Princes on Friday night.

A deft first-half finish from Javier Pastore gave the capital side the advantage, but this was a very competitive encounter and was never truly settled until Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a second for Carlo Ancelotti's men with 20 minutes remaining.

Toulouse dominated the midfield for a spell in the first stanza, culminating in a long-range shot from France futsal international Wissam Ben Yedder that required an athletic save from Salvatore Sirigu to prevent it flying into the top corner of his net.

By the interval, the hosts had regained the upper hand, and they would be rewarded with a goal. Marco Verratti received a loose ball in the middle of the field and showed terrific vision to send a measured pass over the Toulouse defence for Pastore to race onto and loft a neat first-time finish over the stranded goalkeeper.

Ibrahimovic was the first to threaten after the break. Given too much room a long way out, the former AC Milan man delivered a fizzing shot towards goal that lacked the accuracy to really worry the goalkeeper, while Jeremy Menez was denied similarly from a difficult angle just inside the box.

Ben Yedder continued to offer PSG some problems and would again be denied by Sirigu, but the hosts ultimately managed to wrestle themselves free of Les Violets midway through the second period.

Menez's dynamism down the left channel would prove decisive, as he beat the offside trap and unselfishly centred for Ibrahimovic to tap in from inches out when he could have legitimately shot for goal himself.

Late on the hosts nearly added a third, but Alex's header was cleared from the line by Etienne Capoue.

Friday's other match saw Stade de Reims claim a 3-1 upset win over defending Ligue 1 champions Montpellier at Stade Auguste Delaune II.

Diego blasted the home side in front after 38 minutes but Montpellier equalised 10 minutes after the break when Remy Cabella struck a neat shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Christopher Glombard put Reims back in front shortly after before wrapping up the three points for the promoted side when Gaetan Courtet found the back of the net just before full-time.

The win pushes Reims up to eighth place on the Ligue 1 table, while Montpellier's early-season struggles continue, having won just once in their five matches so far.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 10 +17 25
2 10 +11 18
3 10 +6 18
4 10 +11 17
5 10 +0 17
6 10 +1 16
7 10 +1 15
8 10 +1 15
9 10 +0 14
10 10 -1 14
11 10 -1 14
12 10 -4 14
13 10 -2 12
14 10 -10 11
15 10 -4 10
16 10 -5 10
17 10 -7 10
18 10 -1 9
19 10 -8 9
20 10 -5 8

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