Evian TG vs. PSG  0 - 1


Ligue 1 wrap: PSG see red thrice in win

29 April 2013 03:14

A post-match brawl has marred Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 victory over Evian TG as the capital club won their fifth-straight game in Ligue 1.

Referee Olivier Thual sent off four players at Evian's Parc des Sports, including Salvatore Sirigu of PSG and the home side's Saber Khelifa after the final whistle, following an all-in shoving match involving players and officials from both teams.

After Thual had blown his whistle to finish the game, PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi seemingly mocked the Evian squad, sparking the feisty scenes.

PSG's Marco Verratti and David Beckham were the other players to be shown red cards.

Javier Pastore scored the decisive goal of Sunday's match when he sprinted onto Christophe Jallet's square ball and curled a first-time strike past Evian goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait.

Evian, who had knocked PSG out of the Coupe de France on April 17, were denied an equaliser with 14 minutes remaining, as Khelifa's header was ruled out after the Tunisian striker clashed with Sirigu in the process of nodding the ball into the net.

PSG's victory took them to 73 points at the top of the table, nine ahead of second-placed Marseille, and means the capital club are just one win away from clinching the Ligue 1 title.

But PSG will enter next week's match against Valenciennes without Sirigu, Verratti and Beckham after they were all sent off.

Verratti copped a second yellow card in the 81st minute, while Beckham was shown a straight red card after a petulant challenge on Youssef Adnane.

The English midfielder seemed to aim a stamp at Adnane in the third minute of stoppage time, missing the player and the ball but Thual deemed it dangerous enough to warrant a red card.

Meanwhile, Saint-Etienne were denied third position after a 1-1 draw with Lyon in the Derby du Rhone.

Saint-Etienne travelled 60 kilometres north east to Lyon and gave themselves a strong chance of leapfrogging their local rivals on the Ligue 1 table when Kurt Zouma scored in the 29th minute.

But the home side equalised nine minutes into the second half through Yoann Gourcuff, keeping Lyon in third, which comes with a UEFA Champions League qualifying berth, two points ahead of Saint-Etienne.

In the other clash, sixth-placed Nice came from behind to crush bottom-club Troyes 3-1.


Ligue 1 Preview: PSG aim to seal title

25 April 2013 19:45

Paris Saint-Germain go into this weekend's fixtures knowing that they could secure the Ligue 1 title should results go their way.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are nine points clear at the top of the table, and victory at Evian coupled with a defeat for second-placed Marseille at Lorient will all but guarantee their first league triumph since 1994.

Marseille's major concern, meanwhile, is securing second spot and a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

However, after losing 3-0 to Lorient at the Stade Velodrome back in December, Elie Baup's men will be keen to avoid a slip-up against a side that has not lost a home match since their 4-0 defeat to Bordeaux in November.

Elsewhere, Lyon host Coupe de la Ligue winners Saint-Etienne in a local derby which could have massive implications on the fight for the final UEFA Champions League spot.

Remi Garde's men have won their last two games but will be wary of opponents who trail them by just two points and have not lost a league fixture in 2013.

Lille are a point further behind in the race for third, and they can keep pace when they take on relegation-threatened Sochaux on Friday.

Rudi Garcia's side have won eight of their last 10 and should be confident of overcoming Eric Hely's strugglers.

Nice are another club with designs on European football and will fancy their chances when they welcome bottom club Troyes, while champions Montpellier visit Ajaccio looking to recover from back-to-back defeats.

Local rivals meet head-on on Saturday evening when Rennes face Brest, with the latter on a seven-game winless streak which has left them five points adrift of safety.

In-form Nancy take on Valenciennes in another clash which will affect the relegation shake-up, and both Reims and Bastia can all but secure their Ligue 1 futures when they face Bordeaux and Toulouse respectively.

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