French Ligue 1
PSG4Evian Thonon Gaillard2

Paris St-Germain 4-2 Evian

Marco Verratti
Paris St-Germain have won the Ligue 1 title in both of the last two seasons

Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain defeated Evian to move within four points of leaders Lyon.

Cedric Barbosa gave the visitors the lead after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's error, but David Luiz headed in an equaliser.

Marco Verratti prodded home for his first league goal for PSG, before team-mate Gregory van der Wiel scored an own goal with a misguided header.

But Javier Pastore swept in Lucas Moura's cross and Edinson Cavani tapped in a fourth to seal PSG's victory.

It was the Uruguayan striker's eighth goal of the season and came after he had been dropped for three matches after he and Ezequiel Lavezzi returned late from their Christmas holidays.

The result took PSG, title winners in both the last two seasons, back up to third, although they remain three points behind Marseille, who beat Guingamp 2-1 later on Sunday.

PSG back to winning ways
Paris St-Germain's victory was their first in four Ligue 1 matches.

Before the game, a minute's silence was held to honour the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks on 7-9 January, where 17 people died.

Once the match started, Barbosa took advantage of Ibrahimovic's poor header to give the visitors, 18th in the table, a shock lead, before Luiz headed in Thiago Motta's corner.

Verratti gave Laurent Blanc's side a half-time lead, but van der Wiel's own goal made it 2-2.

But PSG gained a deserved victory as Pastore scored a third and Cavani netted from Ibrahimovic's pass late on.

In Sunday's late match, Marseille kept up the pressure on Lyon with a 2-1 win over Guingamp.

Mario Lemina and Andre-Pierre Gignac scored late goals from close range. Claudio Beauvue pulled one back from the spot with almost the last kick after he was fouled by Rod Fanni, who was sent off.

Paris St Germain
The players observed a minute's silence in memory of the people who died in the Charlie Hebdo attack
PSG fans
PSG fans at the end of the minute's silence, where the scoreboard says 'here is Charlie', as a show of solidarity
David Luiz
Brazilian central defender David Luiz joined PSG for £40m from Chelsea in May 2014
PSG own goal
An own goal from PSG right-back Gregory van der Wiel (far right) made it 2-2
Javier Pastore
PSG's Javier Pastore celebrates the goal that put his side back ahead

Line-ups

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 32David LuizBooked at 81mins
  • 17Maxwell
  • 24VerrattiBooked at 60mins
  • 8Motta
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forCavaniat 69'minutes
  • 7Lucas MouraSubstituted forLavezziat 80'minutes
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 27PastoreBooked at 63minsSubstituted forRabiotat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 4Cabaye
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 9Cavani
  • 21Digne
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 25Rabiot

Evian Thonon Gaillard

  • 40Leroy
  • 2AbdallahSubstituted forRamírezat 80'minutes
  • 22Cambon
  • 24Sorlin
  • 19Sabaly
  • 18Wass
  • 8Tejeda Valverde
  • 7ThomassonBooked at 77mins
  • 14BarbosaSubstituted forCamusat 78'minutes
  • 10BenezetSubstituted forSougouat 57'minutes
  • 27N'Sikulu

Substitutes

  • 11Camus
  • 12Ramírez
  • 20Sougou
  • 23Nielsen
  • 26Juelsgaard
  • 30Hansen
  • 33Boy
Referee:
Bartolomeu Varela
Attendance:
45,561

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamEvian Thonon Gaillard
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 4, Evian Thonon Gaillard 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 4, Evian Thonon Gaillard 2.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Cédric Cambon.

Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Ramírez (Evian Thonon Gaillard).

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 4, Evian Thonon Gaillard 2. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic following a fast break.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Thiago Motta tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Ramírez (Evian Thonon Gaillard).

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Adrien Rabiot replaces Javier Pastore.

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

Olivier Sorlin (Evian Thonon Gaillard) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fabien Camus (Evian Thonon Gaillard) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yeltsin Tejeda.

Booking

David Luiz (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Evian Thonon Gaillard. David Ramírez replaces Kassim Abdallah.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Ezequiel Lavezzi replaces Lucas Moura.

David Luiz (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Sougou (Evian Thonon Gaillard).

Substitution

Substitution, Evian Thonon Gaillard. Fabien Camus replaces Cédric Barbosa.

Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard).

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

Adrien Thomasson (Evian Thonon Gaillard) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 3, Evian Thonon Gaillard 2. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

Cédric Cambon (Evian Thonon Gaillard) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Sougou (Evian Thonon Gaillard).

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Javier Pastore tries a through ball, but Maxwell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Edinson Cavani replaces Blaise Matuidi.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Modou Sougou.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Benjamin Leroy.

Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Javier Pastore with a through ball.

Offside, Evian Thonon Gaillard. Modou Sougou tries a through ball, but Clarck N'Sikulu is caught offside.

Goal!

Own Goal by Gregory Van der Wiel, Paris Saint Germain. Paris Saint Germain 2, Evian Thonon Gaillard 2.

Booking

Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).

Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Maxwell (Paris Saint Germain).

Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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