Stade Brestois 29 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Paris Saint-Germain remain three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to a 1-0 win away to Brest.
It is Brest’s first defeat at home this season as Milan Bisevac’s early opener grabbed the spoils for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
The Parisians started on the front foot with some neat interchange in midfield. Christophe Jallet excelled down the right as Mathieu Bodmer played a more advanced role due to the absence of Jeremy Menez who injured his thigh in training on Thursday – subsequently missing the game.
Kevin Gamerio did superbly to pick out Nene with a diligent back heel for the Brazilian to latch onto in the box but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Steeve Elana with the rebound nearly dropping into the net, only to be cleared off the line by a white shirt.
From the resulting corner, Jallet’s teasing in-swinger found an unmarked Milan Bisevac who bundled it home in the 6th minute and grab his inaugural goal for the club. In truth, the Serbian did not know too much about it but he capitalised on some slack defending.
Things got even worse for Brest when Jonathan Zebina limped off injured. Minutes later, Alexandre Alphonse had a huge opportunity to equalise as he got in behind the PSG backline but got the ball stuck under his feet resulting in a tame shot on goal straight at Salvatore Sirigu.
Gameiro and Nene worked in tandem superbly, this time the Brazilian picked out the striker with a delicate chip with the Frenchman in acres of space but his half-volleyed effort went straight down the throat of Elana.
Half-way through the half Brest finally woke up and mounted numerous attacks. Mario Licka brought out a terrific save from Sirigu at his near-post before Alphonse tried his luck just before the interval, denied by the Italian once again.
A huge blow just before the break for the visitors as Mohamed Sissoko limped off injured and was replaced by Clement Chantome. It is yet another injury woe for the club.
Early on in the second-half Maxwell had a case for a penalty as he was caught in the box but his protests were waved away by referee Philippe Kalt.
PSG had a number of chances to kill the game off but lacked a killer instinct. Bodmer found himself in uncharted territory lurking at the back-post but was unable to get an effort on target despite the enormity of space he occupied.
Nene did exceptionally well to weave into the penalty area in the 75th minute but disappointed with the resulting effort when perhaps he should have squared to Gameiro who was in space.
The game stagnated somewhat with very little attacking intent from both sides as the game rolled one. The absence of Menez and Javier Pastore is certainly a justified excuse on the part of the Parisians. Regardless, they held on for the win and maintain a three point lead at the top. Olivier Giroud netted an injury time winner for Montpellier at Nice otherwise it would have been five points.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with the result and told the club’s Official Site; “It was a good test. We had a good match. After Sissoko’s injury we had a few problems but the second half was good. We could have scored more goals, but in the end the result is good. We won and remain at the top of the championship.”
Huge positive for the Parisians by the way as Blaise Matuidi started and played the entirety of the game after a lengthy injury layoff. He looked composed in the middle of the park and showed plenty of energy.