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Lavezzi sinks Porto to put PSG top

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.50CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-1 FC Porto 
Carlo Ancelotti's men clinched top spot in Group A after defeating the Portuguese champions courtesy of Ezequiel Lavezzi's second-half strike.
by Matthew Spiro
from Parc des Princes

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Match statistics

ParisPorto

Goals scored2
 
1
on target11
 
7
off target7
 
4
Corners13
 
2
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed20
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.50CET

Lavezzi sinks Porto to put PSG top

Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-1 FC Porto 
Carlo Ancelotti's men clinched top spot in Group A after defeating the Portuguese champions courtesy of Ezequiel Lavezzi's second-half strike.

Paris Saint-Germain FC clinched top spot in Group A after beating FC Porto in the French capital thanks to Ezequiel Lavezzi's second-half goal.

Both teams were already assured of their places in the last 16, but the French club now go into the draw as section winners after overtaking Vítor Pereira's men at the last. In an open encounter, Jackson Martínez cancelled out Thiago Silva's strike, yet the hosts upped the pace after the break and took the points through Lavezzi's 61st-minute goal.

Carlo Ancelotti's charges may have suffered another Ligue 1 loss at the weekend, but their UEFA Champions League form has been near perfect and they were quickly on the front foot again here. The in-form Zlatan Ibrahimović came close to converting Javier Pastore's cross and Alex nodded a chance straight at Helton before PSG deservedly went ahead, Thiago Silva powering a header in off the underside of the bar from Maxwell's 29th-minute free-kick.

The two-time European Cup winners had appeared subdued until then – Martínez's deflected effort wide their only real threat – yet they soon stirred. With Lucho González and João Moutinho exerting more influence in midfield, the Parisian side began to drop deep and were punished on 33 minutes when Danilo dribbled past Pastore on the right and crossed beautifully for Martínez to nod in from close range.

If the response momentarily silenced the home fans, they found their voice again on the stroke of half-time, acclaiming the brilliance of Ibrahimović whose clever lobbed header very nearly caught Helton out.

Knowing a win was required to secure pole position, PSG displayed renewed urgency at the start of the second half, enjoying a period of intense pressure. Helton was equal to Jérémy Ménez's thunderous strike, but the keeper then blemished an otherwise commanding performance by allowing Lavezzi's near-post shot to slip past him and into the net shortly after the hour.

Although PSG were good value for their advantage and continued to have the better of the game, they were almost caught out 20 minutes from time. After breaking the offside trap, the ever-dangerous Martínez lost his duel with Salvatore Sirigu and Lucho rifled the rebound over.

In a frantic finale, Ibrahimović failed to turn in a loose ball from close range, while at the other end Nicolás Otamendi's added-time header flashed wide as Porto surrendered their unbeaten record in the competition as well as first place in the section. 

Last updated: 06/12/12 1.30CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

porto

Porto

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
Goal29
Yellow Card84
2
DaniloDanilo
Yellow Card90
7
MénezJérémy Ménez
Substitution86
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
11
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Goal61
Yellow Card76
Substitution77
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
13
AlexAlex
Yellow Card90+2
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
Goal33
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Yellow Card84
17
MaxwellMaxwell
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution85
18
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Yellow Card90+2
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
25
FernandoFernando
Substitution70
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Substitution86
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution88
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Yellow Card29

Substitutes

1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
3
SakhoMamadou Sakho
6
André CastroAndré Castro
4
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
11
KléberKléber
10
NenêNenê
Substitution88
13
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
22
ArmandSylvain Armand
23
BaAbdoulaye Ba
Substitution86
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution77
27
AtsuChristian Atsu
Substitution85
26
JalletChristophe Jallet
Substitution86
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution70

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Vítor Pereira (POR)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Derek Rose (SCO), Alasdair Ross (SCO)

Fourth official

Graham Chambers (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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