Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 FCG Bordeaux
1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Blaise Matuidi
It is three wins in a row for Paris Saint-Germain now with this being their most eventful. Two red cards in the first half, two Lucas Moura penalties and a returning Ezequiel Lavezzi wrapped things up in a 3-0 victory over Bordeaux as Les Parisiens move to within four points of leaders Marseille.
The big talking point pre-match was how PSG would set up without strikers Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. As expected it was Jean-Christophe Bahebeck as Lavezzi started on the bench. However, the Frenchman’s opportunity was cruelly taken away as he had to be substituted to compensate for the dismissal of Gregory Van der Wiel. The Dutchman – without question one of our most underrated players – came in late with his studs showing on Whabi Khazri. In truth, it could have gone either way and you can fully understand why Tony Chaprone brandished an immediate red card. Bahebeck was taken off for Serge Aurier to rebuild the back-four and Javier Pastore was utilised as a false number nine. The Argentine and Lucas Moura interchanged with one another as the game wore on.
From then on, Bordeaux smelt blood. They were the team in the ascendency. Diego Rolan missed an absolute sitter from five yards as he blazed over the bar. The Uruguayan should have put FCGB into the lead and salt was rubbed into the wounds as David Luiz clattered into the back of him after the shot. The champions were lucky to get away with both incidents.
Remarkably Willy Sagnol’s team were reduced to 10 as Andre Poko tangled his legs round Marco Verratti. Yes, it was clumsy. Deserving of a red card? Not in my view. But it was blatantly obvious that Chaprone buckled and made it a level playing field once again.
The pendulum swung our way then as we dominated possession. Then on the stroke of half-time we were awarded a penalty as debutant Cedric Yambere brought down Verratti. It was stonewalled. Without Ibra and Cavani to take responsibility, up stepped Lucas who converted superbly past Cedric Carrasso.
He did the same two minutes into the second-half. He won it as well after being tugged back by Nicolas Pallois. Carrasso got a hand to it this time but the power was too much.
PSG were in total control from then on. Bordeaux had the stuffing knocked out of them but Salvatore Sirigu did have to make a world class save to prevent a stinging Jaroslav Plasil strike from creeping into his top corner.
El Pocho came on in the 66th minute and returned with his first goal of the campaign. Blaise Matuidi, who was outstanding all game down the left, played a telling ball in for the Argentine who was playing through the middle to finish – albeit via a deflection – past Carrasso.
There were plenty of positives. Thiago Silva completed another 90 minutes. David Luiz was excellent yet again and was unlucky not to get his first league goal as he rattled the post in the first-half from a freekick. Lucas Moura proved he be a match winner, netting his first brace in the process. It took a lot of bottle for him to step up and take those penalties when you consider he is not a regular penalty taker.
All in all, a good afternoon’s work for Laurent Blanc against his former club. The VDW red card was the only real blemish but we can cast a beady eye on the game later between the leaders and Olympique Lyonnais.