French Ligue 1
AjaccioAjaccio1PSGParis Saint Germain2

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ajaccio 1, Paris Saint Germain 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Aboubacar Demba Camara (Ajaccio).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sigamary Diarra (Ajaccio).

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Paul Lasne (Ajaccio).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Ajaccio. Sigamary Diarra replaces Claude Dielna.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ajaccio. Conceded by Marquinhos.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 11th January 2014

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

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