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PSG consolidates lead with 1-0 win over Montpellier

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-03-29

A late goal by striker Kévin Gameiro gave Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 victory over Montpellier on Friday.

Paris Saint-Germain widened their comfortable lead at the top of France’s League 1 on Friday, overpowering title holders Montpellier 1-0 at home.

The victory should give PSG a burst of confidence for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona on Tuesday.

Kévin Gameiro opened the score with 11 minutes left in the game, at the end of two sly passes from Jérémy Ménez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The goal came just minutes after Gameiro and midfielder David Beckham took to the pitch. Fresh from a promotional tour in China, it was unclear if Beckham would play.
Montpellier made a few, painful efforts to equalise with the clock winding down, but came up against a confident Paris defence.

The win helped PSG move eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Lyon, who play Sochaux on Sunday.

Underwhelming performance

The match was an underwhelming one before Gameiro brought the Parc des Princes to its feet by slipping the ball past Montpellier’s keeper.

PSG dominated the midfield throughout the game, keeping their rivals on the defensive and giving them few opportunities in front of the goal, but the Parisian squad seemed unable to capitalise on their attacks. The Paris club only mustered three shots on target in the first half.

Ménez cried foul when he was clearly tripped up within the penalty box by Benjamin Stambouli 26 minutes into the match, but the referee disagreed.

In the second half PSG kept up the pressure, but some potentially dangerous shots sailed far from their target.

Montpellier also staged a few exciting runs towards Salvatore Sirigu’s goal, but were never a real threat to the Paris goalie.

Date created : 2013-03-29

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