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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 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15