PSG beat Mont­pel­lier 1-0 to main­tain per­fect start

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Paris Saint-Ger­main ground out a 1-0 win Fri­day at Mont­pel­lier to main­tain its 100 per­cent start to the French league as it seeks a fourth suc­ces­sive ti­tle.

Blaise Ma­tu­idi scored the only goal just af­ter the hour mark to make it three wins out of three for PSG, which moved pro­vi­sion­ally three points ahead of Reims and Caen.

PSG also had two goals dis­al­lowed for off­side.

“It was the most dif­fi­cult of our three league wins,” PSG coach Lau­rent Blanc said. “There are a lot of things to look at, but like many teams at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son we’re still look­ing for our form, es­pe­cially phys­i­cally.”

Mont­pel­lier had its own chances but could not find its first goal of the sea­son and re­mained bot­tom of the Ligue 1 ta­ble with no points.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing af­ter our two pre­vi­ous matches, but it’s hard to con­cede a goal on a half chance,” Mont­pel­lier midfielder Bryan Dabo said. “We had quite a lot of coun­ter­at­tacks and chances, but we strug­gled with the fi­nal ball. That’s been our prob­lem since the start of the sea­son.

“We posed prob­lems for PSG, that’s true. But we still have zero points, that’s true too.”

The only sour note of the night for PSG in­volved Javier Pa­s­tore limp­ing off with a calf in­jury af­ter less than 10 min­utes.

The cap­i­tal club was al­ready with­out Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic, An­gel Di Maria and Marco Ver­ratti.

PSG thought it had bro­ken the dead­lock 10 min­utes from half­time but Serge Aurier was clearly off­side when he headed in Thi­ago Motta’s free kick — as were two of his team­mates.

Mont­pel­lier al­most gifted PSG the lead when Jonas Martin at­tempted to con­trol a ball on his chest in the penalty area and it fell to Eze­quiel Lavezzi, whose ef­fort flew nar­rowly past the right post.

Mont­pel­lier im­proved af­ter the break and should have taken the lead at the start of the sec­ond half.

First, Ramy Bense­baini forced a great save from PSG goal­keeper Kevin Trapp with a pow­er­ful header. Mo­ments later, Aurier had to clear Djamel Baker’s low shot from al­most off the line.

Mont­pel­lier left it­self ex­posed at the back and was al­most caught out when Edin­son Ca­vani raced ahead from mid­field but his goal was ruled out for a tight off­side de­ci­sion.

PSG did break the dead­lock when Lavezzi did well to turn his marker and find Maxwell just in­side the area. The Brazil­ian threaded the ball through for Ma­tu­idi to fire in at the near post for his sec­ond goal in as many matches.

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