It’s the French Classico tonight at Stade Velodrome in Marseille and Paris Saint Germain is forced to win in order to stay alive in this competition after Monaco and Nice victories earlier on for the 27th week of Ligue 1.
We are playing the very first minutes of the game and Marseille quickly shows some intensity as they pressure the Parisians high on the pitch. PSG answers with calm and is not really threatened. The opener won’t be late to come for Paris Saint Germain this evening: Verratti shots a long range free-kick for Thiago Silva’s head on the left side of the box and Marquinhos concludes this well-prepared combination (6’, 0-1). That’s his first goal in Ligue 1 this season.
Marseille tries to answer with a very dirty tackle from de Zambo Anguissa on Pastore, not even sanctioned by a yellow card. Payet almost hits the target on a right-foot shot from 18 yards but it only flirts with the edge of Kevin Trapp’s left post.
Paris is in control, and the cauldron shuts down when Verratti finds Pastore who deviates the ball in one touch for Cavani who crucifies Pele (16’, 0-2), El Matador scoring his 26th goal in Ligue 1.
A few more shameless tackles from Evra (still not sanctioned by any cards) and the situation doesn’t change much with Paris in cruise driving mode. PSG will even score a third goal by Thiago Silva (36’), logically cancelled for an offside position from Cavani.
Garcia substitutes the catastrophic Patrice Evra for Bedimo, no changes on Paris side. It’s not long before PSG accentuates the lead via Lucas Moura after the ball was slightly deviated by Matuidi (50’, 0-4).
The Parisians are literally trashing a feeble Marseille opposition. Unai Emery feels it and makes his first move with the entry of Julian Draxler for Javier Pastore (great come back for the Argentian with one assist and a few sweet moves).
PSG could score at any time in this game. Meunier accelerates on his right side and crosses the ball hard and low for Draxler (61’, 0-4). That’s only his 2nd goal in Ligue 1 but the 6th overall which makes him the #4 top scorer already in PSG’s rank.
Olympique de Marseille comes back from darkness a little with their first goal of the night from Fanni (71’, 1-4). Emery has all the reasons to be pissed off with this goal which could have been avoided after a contestable free kick not particularly well handled by Trapp.
Nevertheless Marseille is not going to come back as their level is far below PSG especially in defense. This is even more obvious when Verratti serves perfectly Blaise Matuidi for the 5th of the night (72’, 1-5) after a succession of clever moves between Verratti, Lucas and Draxler within Marseille own box area.
Emery sets Di Maria in place of Lucas Moura (73’).
Not much to declare in the last 15 minutes of the game. Payet finally touches the post (’75) on a quick counter attack. Ben Arfa enter for Cavani for the remaining 10 minutes but nothing will change on the scoreboard.
Historic victory for PSG in Stade Velodrome
It’s a delightful evening tonight in Marseille and Paris Saint Germain’s performance in Stade Velodrome was not shy in comparison. It was an amazing display for ‘les rouges et bleus’, in a similar fashion to what we have seen in Parc Des Princes against Barcelona, but against a much weaker team. For the history, Paris simply got his biggest win ever on the enemy’s territory (1-5).