January 20, 2013
PSG back on top
#INSERT type:image caption:PSG celebrate with Zlatan END#Paris St Germain returned to the summit of Ligue 1 as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 18th goal of the season provided the Parisians with only their second victory in the Stade Chaban-Delmas since 1988.
Defeat for Bordeaux ended their nine-game unbeaten run and saw the hosts slip down to seventh in the league with a difficult trip to Nice up next.
Buoyed by a vociferous crowd, Les Girondins started well, pressing the visitors high up the pitch. Ludovic Obraniak linked up well with Jaroslav Plasil but the Czech's effort was easily gathered by Salvatore Sirigu.
Bordeaux's Cedric Carrasso was tested on the half-hour mark when Ibrahimovic fired a 20-yard free-kick under the wall but the goalkeeper gathered comfortably down at his right post.
Shortly before the break Sirigu saved Jaroslav Plasil's stinging 25-yard effort and the Italian goalkeeper's efforts were rewarded moments later when Ibrahimovic fired PSG into the lead.
Brazilian Lucas Moura played a superb ball in behind the Bordelais defence and the Swede held off the challenge of Benoit Tremolinas before poking the ball beyond Carrasso.
The second half began quietly with PSG seemingly happy to keep the hosts at bay. Obraniak managed to drag a shot wide after linking up with Plasil again but Bordeaux struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities.
Ibrahimovic managed to get a shot at goal on the hour mark which failed to trouble Carrasso before Bordeaux created an excellent goalscoring opportunity.
Benoit Tremolinas found Yoann Gouffran in the area and only a last-ditch challenge from Zoumana Camara prevented a certain goal after the Frenchman had controlled the ball superbly.
With the game now ebbing and flowing Maxwell's first-time shot was turned away superbly by Carrasso before Mariano's 25-yard effort flew just wide of Sirigu's top right corner.
Bordeaux continued to press for an equaliser but despite Henri Saivet's late effort forcing a good save from Sirigu PSG held out for their sixth consecutive clean sheet in Ligue 1.
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic (43')|
|16 Cedric Carrasso||30 Salvatore Sirigu|
|26 Gregory Sertic||24 Marco Verratti|
|28 Benoît Trémoulinas||17 Maxwell|
|3 Carlos Henrique||6 Zoumana Camara|
|25 Mariano||26 Christophe Jallet|
|8 Fahid Ben Khalfallah||29 Lucas Moura|
|6 Ludovic Sané||3 Mamadou Sakho|
|20 Henri Saivet||11 Ezequiel Lavezzi|
|9 Yoan Gouffran||7 Jérémy Menez|
|4 Ludovic Obraniak||10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic|
|18 Jaroslav Plasil||14 Blaise Matuidi|
|11 David Bellion||Diego Lugano 15|
|21 Mathieu Chalmé||Nicolas Douchez 1|
|23 Florian Marange||Sylvain Armand 22|
|7 Landry N`Guemo||Clément Chantome 20|
|30 Kévin Olimpa||Gregory Van Der Wiel 23|
|17 Andre Biyogo Poko||Kevin Gameiro 19|
|12 Hadi Sacko||Javier Pastore 27|
|Hadi Sacko for Ludovic Obraniak (74)||Clément Chantome for Lucas Moura (69)|
|David Bellion for Fahid Ben Khalfallah (75)||Javier Pastore for Ezequiel Lavezzi (75)|
|Sylvain Armand for Jérémy Menez (88)|
|Ludovic Sané (33)||Marco Verratti (49)|
|Benoît Trémoulinas (45)||Jérémy Menez (77)|
|· Squads: Bordeaux | Paris Saint-Germain|