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Stade de L'Aube 13th April 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Troyes Troyes vs Paris St Germain PSG

Troyes 0



B Matuidi (65)

PSG labour to victory

Last Updated: 13/04/13 8:22pm

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Blaise Matuidi celebrates his winning goal

Blaise Matuidi celebrates his winning goal

Paris St Germain laboured to a 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Troyes to move a step closer to the Ligue 1 title.

Coming off their away-goals Champions League exit to Barcelona, PSG seemed to find the Stade de l'Aube somewhat less inspiring than the Nou Camp and afforded Troyes the better chances in the first half.

However, Blaise Matuidi's 65th-minute strike eventually sank his former club to send PSG 10 points clear of Marseille before L'OM travel to Lille on Sunday.

It might have been very different if Kevin Gameiro - leading the attack in the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic - had taken a fine chance after only three minutes, but he shot straight at Yohann Thuram-Ulien from close range after being picked out by Lucas Moura.

Stephane Darbion then went close for Troyes, striking the outside of the post with a 20-yard volley when he met Benjamin Nivet's cross with a solid strike.

Thuram made a fine save to deny Lucas after the Brazilian weaved his way through the defence, but Troyes continued to threaten too and Salvatore Sirigu had to be alert to keep out Marcos first-time shot after more good work from Nivet.

Sirigu was in action again to deny Eloge Ethisse Enza-Yamissi before the break, giving Carlo Ancelotti plenty to talk about at half-time.

Whatever the Italian coach did say seemed to do the trick, however, as PSG returned to dominate the second half.

Thuram kept out Ezequiel Lavezzi's snap-shot from the right-side of the area but could then only watch on gratefully as Matuidi's volley grazed the post on its way wide.

The breakthrough came when Gregory Van Der Wiel whipped in a dangerous cross from the right and Matuidi popped up at the far post to power it into the net on the volley.

David Beckham came off the bench and almost added to the PSG lead, bringing a fine save out of Thuram with an 80th-minute free-kick and then crossing for Javier Pastore, who saw his powerful shot blocked.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 34 72
3 Lille 34 64
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 34 52
7 Bordeaux 34 48
8 Reims 34 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Bastia 34 44
11 Nantes 34 43
12 Lorient 34 42
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Montpellier 34 39
15 Nice 34 39
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 34 35
18 Sochaux 34 33
19 Valenciennes 34 29
20 AC Ajaccio 34 20