French Ligue 1
Ajaccio1PSG2

Ajaccio 1-2 Paris St-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi

Defending champions Paris St-Germain moved five points clear of Monaco at the top of the French league after coming from behind for a hard-fought win at bottom side Ajaccio.

Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both.

Forward Eduardo Ribeiro dos Santos gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute.

Lille will move into second place above Monaco if they beat Reims on Sunday.

Former Guingamp and Lens striker Eduardo opened the scoring after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable for most of the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield.

But Lavezzi levelled from close range from Ibrahimovic's right-wing cross with four minutes of the half remaining.

Ajaccio almost regained the lead when Cavalli's fine pass released Eduardo, and his shot from the right side of the penalty area forced goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu into a low save.

But the league leaders secured the win when Ibrahimovic rose at the back post to head the ball down and Matuidi sprinted in to turn the ball past keeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Line-ups

Ajaccio

  • 1Ochoa
  • 14Mostefa
  • 15DielnaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forDiarraat 84'minutes
  • 3Perozo
  • 2Hengbart
  • 5Tonucci
  • 19Lasne
  • 4FatyBooked at 17minsSubstituted forBonnartat 68'minutes
  • 9Ribeiro Dos Santos
  • 18Cavalli
  • 7AndréSubstituted forCamaraat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Diarra
  • 13Camara
  • 16Sissoko
  • 17Bonnart
  • 24Goncalves
  • 26Crescenzi
  • 33Moracchini

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der WielBooked at 45mins
  • 17Cabelino Andrade
  • 8Motta
  • 13da Dias CostaSubstituted forPastoreat 72'minutes
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forMarquinhosat 82'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10IbrahimovicBooked at 68mins
  • 9Cavani
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 6Camara
  • 7Menez
  • 21Digne
  • 27Pastore
  • 29Lucas Moura
Referee:
Nicolas Rainville
Attendance:
6,721

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaccioAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ajaccio 1, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajaccio 1, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

Cedric Hengbart (Ajaccio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Aboubacar Demba Camara (Ajaccio).

Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio).

Foul by Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain).

Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul Lasne (Ajaccio) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eduardo with a cross.

Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sigamary Diarra (Ajaccio).

Hand ball by Paul Lasne (Ajaccio).

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).

Johan Cavalli (Ajaccio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajaccio. Sigamary Diarra replaces Claude Dielna.

Attempt missed. Eduardo (Ajaccio) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ajaccio. Conceded by Marquinhos.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Marquinhos replaces Adrien Rabiot.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajaccio. Aboubacar Demba Camara replaces Benjamin André.

Foul by Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain).

Eduardo (Ajaccio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ajaccio 1, Paris Saint Germain 2. Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Javier Pastore replaces Alex.

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajaccio. Laurent Bonnart replaces Ricardo Faty because of an injury.

Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Laurent Bonnart (Ajaccio).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Ricardo Faty (Ajaccio) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Paul Lasne (Ajaccio).

Attempt saved. Eduardo (Ajaccio) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johan Cavalli.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 11th January 2014

  • AjaccioAjaccio1PSGParis Saint Germain2
  • BordeauxBordeaux0ToulouseToulouse1
  • GuingampGuingamp0Saint-ÉtienneSaint-Étienne0
  • LyonLyon2SochauxSochaux0
  • RennesRennes0NiceNice0
  • ValenciennesValenciennes3BastiaBastia2

Top Stories