There was a sombre note in the at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas on Sunday night as Paris Saint-Germain, recently stuck by the tragic death of head performance coach Nick Broad, travelled to Bordeaux for their Week 21 Ligue 1 clash.
Both sides struggled to get into the match and circled each other cagily for the first fifteen minutes, with Plasil finally firing the first shot. Played in well by Obraniak, the Czech midfielder tried his luck but Sirigu was up to the task (15'). Ibrahimovic hit back for Paris with a powerful free kick but the trajectory wasn't enough to beat Carrasso, who snapped it up (34'). However, the match really sprang to life at the end of the first half.
Obraniak got things rolling as his shot into the bottom corner was turned away in extremis by Sirigu (41') and Saivet followed up with a head that flew inches wide of the Italian 'keeper's goal (41'). A few seconds alter, the match turned on its head as Lucas, in his second start in a Paris shirt, raced through the middle and played Ibrahimovic into the area. Slightly off to the right of goal, the Swede shot powerfully and beat Carrasso (0-1, 43'). It was the first goal of the year for Paris' new number ten, and his 19th in Ligue 1 this season.
The second half picked up where the first left off, but it wasn't until the final stages that the two 'keepers were called into serious action. Maxwell broke into the Bordeaux area and firedoff a strong shot from the left - only for the vigilant Carrasso to box it clear (71'). Bordeaux looked to hit back immediately, with Mariano's missile just missing out on notching the equaliser for the hosts (78') and Saivet crashing a heavy shot onto the bar after Sigiru got a hand to it (81').
In the end, however, Paris held firm to get the job done, bringing home a precious three points from the south-west.The win takes Carlo ancelotti's men back into a top spot left vacant by Lyon last week.