Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now the undisputed king of Paris after breaking Pauleta’s goalscoring record and thus becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer. He did it also in the classique! Sealing a 2-1 victory and our eighth straight win in this fixture. If ever there was a script, this was it.
The team pretty much picked itself, at full strength. The arrival of Angel di Maria’s arrival has had repercussions for Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore who again found themselves on the bench for a big game. When you think back to last season, they were our best attacking outlets. The form of Edinson Cavani and Di Maria has been integral to our magnificent start to the campaign. ADM was colossal again down the right-hand side, giving Italian Paolo Di Ceglie all sorts of problems.
It was the visitors though who started the better of the two teams. They made their intentions clear within the first minute when on-loan Newcastle United playmaker Remy Cabella had a shot on goal that stung the palms of Kevin Trapp.
PSG’s players had left their heads in Lviv it seemed. Michel’s troops were the ones looking the brighter and even when we had possession they pressured us at every given opportunity. Maxwell had to put his body on the line with a magnificent block to deny Alessandrini who was giving us the run around along with Cabella and Abdelaziz Barrada.
Barrada was key in OM taking the lead on the half hour mark. He produced an almost undefendable ball into the box that caught David Luiz unawares and there was the Belgian Michy Batshuayi to head past Trapp. Luiz will no doubt be criticised but the ball was that good, it literally gave him no chance. It will be harsh to blame the Brazilian on that one.
That goal came just after a five minute period where we settled. We were the ones in the ascendency. However, Marseille gifted us two penalties. The first came from a horrible pass back by Batshuayi that put Steve Mandanda in no man’s land and ended up clattering Ibra. The big Swede stepped up to equal Pauleta’s record of 109 and then made it all his own with 110 just a few minutes later. Rolando handled the ball from a Zlatan header via a corner and there was the big man again to dispatch and make club history. He has cemented his legacy as Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer.
We carried on where we left off after the interval. It was all Parisian pressure in the opening five minutes or so but then we shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a penalty. Aurier who was exceptional again was guilty of bringing down Barrada but thankfully the Moroccan missed his spot-kick which was saved by Kevin Trapp. The roar for that was just as loud as the ones for Ibra’s goals. That will do the German the world of good after the criticism he received after the Bordeaux game.
Marseille’s heads did not drop though, they were a threat for large parts of the half. Batshuayi was impressive. He had a good sight on goal with a shot that Trapp could only spill out for a corner.
We should have sealed matters with two glaring opportunities. Aurier missed a free header from a corner and could only head the ball into the ground that then drifted over the bar. But, substitute Javier Pastore from close range was denied by a wonder save from Mandanda with his hand.
Kevin Trapp came to the rescue again as he saved Cabella’s close range shot in the 89th minute. Thankfully we held on! It means Marseille are 15 points off us and we open up a five point gap at the top of the table ahead of Angers of all teams!
We can head into the international break absolutely bouncing as the classico bragging rights remain in Paris once again!