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Motta double helps PSG prevail at Olympiacos

Published: Tuesday 17 September 2013, 22.50CET
Olympiacos FC 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain FC
Two second-half headers from Thiago Motta helped last season's quarter-finalists begin Group C with an ultimately comfortable win in Piraeus.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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Published: Tuesday 17 September 2013, 22.50CET

Motta double helps PSG prevail at Olympiacos

Olympiacos FC 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain FC
Two second-half headers from Thiago Motta helped last season's quarter-finalists begin Group C with an ultimately comfortable win in Piraeus.

Thiago Motta scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain FC survived a scare to see off a determined Olympiacos FC thanks to a powerful second-half display in Piraeus.

Edinson Cavani gave Laurent Blanc's team the lead against the run of play with a simple tap-in but the hosts levelled courtesy of Vladimír Weiss, who jinked through the PSG defence for a fine solo equaliser in a breathless first half. The French side stepped up a gear after the interval, however, with Motta twice heading in left-wing corners from Ezequiel Lavezzi in a six-minute spell. The Ligue 1 champions could even afford a Zlatan Ibrahimović penalty miss, Marquinhos heading in a fourth in the closing stages.

Blanc had emphasised the importance of ball retention ahead of the match but the visitors gave possession away in the first minute and only the crossbar kept out Weiss's long-range drive. PSG soon settled, however, and began to control much of the play although the Greek title holders looked dangerous on the break, the lively Weiss flashing one shot wide before another came back off the upright.

PSG strikers Ibrahimović and Cavani were seeing little of the ball although the threat they posed was evident in the 19th minute when Cavani opened the scoring against the run of play. Ibrahimović played a pinpoint through ball to Maxwell, who flicked into the path of Cavani for a simple finish.

The advantage lasted six minutes as Olympiacos pulled level through a piece of individual brilliance by Weiss. The Slovak international, a constant menace with his direct running, broke down the right and skipped past four challenges – including a sumptuous nutmeg on 19-year-old PSG debutant Marquinhos – before beating Salvatore Sirigu with the aid of a deflection.

Lavezzi replaced Lucas at half-time as Blanc sought to add more attacking impetus, and both Cavani and Gregory van der Wiel tested the reflexes of Olympiacos goalkeeper Roberto with long-range drives as PSG looked more assured. Lavezzi made a telling contribution on 68 minutes, delivering a corner for the unmarked Motta to head in at the near post.

Five minutes later Motta escaped the attentions of Andreas Samaris for a second time to meet another Lavezzi corner and make sure the points were travelling back to Paris. Ibrahimović was denied by Roberto's penalty save having been felled by Samaris, though PSG did make it four when Marquinhos nodded in another corner with four minutes left to seal an emphatic start to Group C for last season's quarter-finalists.

Last updated: 10/12/13 10.28CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

paris

Paris

16
RobertoRoberto (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis (C)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
5
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
Goal86
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Goal68
Goal73
14
SamarisAndreas Samaris
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal19
Substitution90
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Substitution74
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Penalty82
22
MedjaniCarl Medjani
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
23
SiovasDimitris Siovas
17
MaxwellMaxwell
35
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution60
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Yellow Card87
79
WeissVladimír Weiss
Goal25
Substitution84
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution79
88
BongGaëtan Bong
Yellow Card30
29
LucasLucas
Substitution46

Substitutes

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
8
N'DingaDelvin N'Dinga
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution74
7
MénezJérémy Ménez
Substitution90
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
21
DigneLucas Digne
24
ManolasKostas Manolas
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution46
26
CampbellJoel Campbell
Substitution60
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
Substitution79
60
YatabaréSambou Yatabaré
Substitution84
26
JalletChristophe Jallet

Coach

Míchel (ESP) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Häcker (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Tobias Welz (GER), Tobias Stieler (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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