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02/09/2014
 

A Thiago Silva own goal denied Paris Saint-German victory at their closest Ligue 1 rivals Monaco on Sunday as the top two clubs in France played out their second 1-1 draw of the season.


The result left PSG still firm favorites to win a second consecutive title as they remain five points ahead of Monaco with 14 games to be played.


Monaco salvaged a point after PSG's captain Silva stretched and inadvertently turned a Fabinho cross into his goal in the 74th minute.


The result was probably a fair reflection of the match, but PSG will be the most disappointed as they had held the lead since the eighth minute through a headed goal by Javier Pastore.


"It was a good game with lots of chances," reflected Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri. "I hope PSG will win the Champions League for French football, and leave a few points for Monaco."


Lurking at the back post, Pastore, who was drafted into the PSG side as replacement for injured striker Edinson Cavani, was able to score from close range after a corner had been flicked-on from defender Alex.


Monaco's response to going behind was immediate and they should have been level just six minutes later, but Emmanuel Riviere squandered a great chance pushing a rebound from Sirigu wide with the goal at his mercy.


But it was not all one-way traffic. PSG should have doubled their lead when Ibrahimovic, of all people, squandered a fine opportunity from just five yards out after good play on the left flank between Pastore and Maxwell.


The second-half was a more scrappy affair with PSG largely in control. The Parisians came closest to scoring when Ibrahimovic fired in a fierce free-kick from the edge of the area which Monaco's Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic did well to turn wide in the 55th minute.


Both sides had a chance to secure victory in the final minutes. First Fabinho was denied in the 89th minute from giving Monaco - who brought on former Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov for his debut in the 64th minute - victory after his thunderous shot was well-saved by PSG's Sirigu.


Then just moments later, Monaco's Subasic pulled off a similar save to deny Ligue 1's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Meanwhile, the chasing pack behind the top two teams mostly had a good weekend.


Lille, Marseille, Lyon and Reims all won with St Etienne the only side in the top seven not to get three points following a disappointing 0-0 at mid-table Toulouse.

 
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01/14/2014
 
Paris Saint-Germain reached the semi-finals of the French League Cup after an ultimately comfortable 3-1 victory away to Bordeaux on Tuesday evening. Javier Pastore, Adrien Rabiot and Blaise Matuidi got the goals for the reigning Ligue 1 champions, while a strike from Andre Biyogo Poko had brought Bordeaux level in the second half at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

It is the first time that PSG have reached the semi-finals of any knockout competition since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011 and the win keeps them on course for what would be an unprecedented domestic treble. The victory was achieved despite coach Laurent Blanc's decision to rest several regular starters, including Thiago Motta, Matuidi and Edinson Cavani.


Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos lined-up at right-back, while Zoumana Camara, Pastore and Jeremy Menez all came into the team as PSG sought to beat Bordeaux for the third time this season. The capital club emerged victorious when the teams met in the season-opening Champions Trophy and then ran out commanding 2-0 winners in Bordeaux in the league in September.


Here, Zlatan Ibrahimovic - just back from claiming the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year at the FIFA gala in Zurich - had a 40th-minute effort disallowed for offside and then fired a free-kick just wide. But the visitors still went into the interval a goal to the good after Pastore neatly converted a low ball across the area from Lucas. Blanc, who won the League Cup with Bordeaux in 2009, sent on Cavani for Ibrahimovic at the interval but the hosts were back level just three minutes after the restart.


A Marco Verratti pass put Rabiot under pressure deep inside his own half and Poko pounced, dispossessing his opponent and then finishing past Salvatore Sirigu to restore parity. Home 'keeper Cedric Carrasso then made a decisive double intervention, saving from Menez and turning Lucas Digne's follow-up onto the post, but Paris went back in front with six minutes remaining.


Pastore robbed Landry N'Guemo of possession in midfield and advanced before setting up Rabiot to convert the clinching goal. Soon after, Pastore and Cavani combined to set up substitute Matuidi, who coolly finished past Carrasso, putting the final outcome beyond doubt. The remaining three-quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday, with Nantes hosting Nice, second-tier Troyes facing Evian and Lyon playing host to Marseille, who won the League Cup three years running from 2010 to 2012.

 
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02/24/2013
 

Today we saw David Beckham's superb debut at PSG against arch-enemies Olympique de Marseille. The English gentleman stepped into the field at minute 76' replacing Javier Pastore.


On injury time the midfielder played an important role on the play that would lead to the second goal thus setting the match for good in favor of PSG.


His quick thinking first touch outside boot to Menez found it's way in front of Ibrahimovic who all he had to do was just push the ball into the net since the goalie was already beaten. 


Then we saw a very enthusiastic Beckham jumping into the arms of his new teammate in a celebration that is sure to be talked about for weeks to come. Is this the start of a new dynamic duo? A new beautiful talented friendship? Stay tuned for more of Beckham's adventures!


 
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