Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 FCG Bordeaux
1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Lucas Moura
Paris Saint-Germain huffed and puffed last night but were able to break down a resilient Bordeaux side to go six points clear of Monaco at the top of the table. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alex netted in the second-half to register a 2-0 victory to put some breathing space between ourselves and the club from Monte Carlo ahead of next week’s top of the table clash.
New boy Yohan Cabaye started the game from the bench but did make his debut in the 68th minute showing glimpses of his undoubted ability. Only the width of a post denied him of a dream debut after running in behind the FCGB defence to get his head onto a cross but was cruelly denied. Nevertheless, it was good for him to make his debut in front of the home support who gave him a terrific reception. They especially enjoyed his first sliding tackle which was met with a rapturous cheer. Not just slick technical ability but also tenacity.
Francis Gillot’s side played very little attacking football bar the odd counter attack. They came to the Parc to get men behind the ball, suffocate the midfield and have a back four defending on the edge of the 18-yard box. They allowed us to control the game. We were passing the ball around for fun but it was frustrating as we were unable to create many clear cut chances, particularly in the first-half. In that opening 45 minutes we accumulated well over 70% possession but Laurent Blanc will have known that his team just needed to bide their time and the breakthrough will come after the interval.
Lucas Moura was man of the match for me. He had the Bordeaux defence running scared each time he picked the ball up and ran at them, especially when he switched to the right-hand side. It was his assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic just before the hour mark that opened the scoring. Bordeaux lost concentration for the first time and they ultimately paid the price. Ibra could not believe his luck as he was unmarked in the penalty area to slot home Lucas’ cross. That being his 18th goal in Ligue 1.
That killed the game off more or less. Bordeaux became more open at the back and Lucas was profiting from that especially. Salvatore Sirigu was a mere spectator for the majority of the game.
Moments after Cabaye had hit the post, Alex put the postage stamp on the victory with a thunderbolt strike via a Lucas corner. The two Brazilians linked up with one another to register a score line that did not flatter us by any means.
It is four wins out of four against Blanc’s former club and they will not be too displeased to see the back of us. Next up is the chance to book a date at the Stade de France as we travel to Nantes for the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final. It could be some week if all goes to plan! It could be even sweeter if Lorient can do us a favour against ASM later today.