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Parc des Princes 11th January 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Castro

PSG Paris St Germain vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio


T Motta (S/O 45+1)


AC Ajaccio 0

PSG held by Ajaccio

Last Updated: 11/01/13 10:56pm

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Thiago Motta: Shown the red card

Thiago Motta: Shown the red card

Paris St Germain used their day's head start to edge one point clear at the top of Ligue 1 but will not expect to stay there after being held to a goalless draw by lowly AC Ajaccio.

Little went to plan for the capital club in their first match back from the winter break as Thiago Motta was sent off late in the first half, Thiago Silva went off injured and Lucas Moura had his debut cut short in the final 10 minutes after suffering cramps.

And amid all of that, a fixture that had produced 11 goals in the previous two encounters ended goalless to leave PSG at the mercy of Lyon and Marseille, one point behind ahead of their respective fixtures over the weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti was visibly frustrated on the sidelines as his side produced endless chances, even after being reduced to 10 men, but failed to convert them against a team only four points above the drop zone.

The early signs had been encouraging with Motta skimming the post with a shot from the left side of the area after combining with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a set-piece, before Blaise Matuidi's volley tested visiting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who punched clear.

Ibrahimovic then volleyed inches over after displaying superb athleticism to reach Motta's cross.

There was a rare chance for the visitors just before the break when Salvatore Sirigu had to punch clear Adrian Mutu's free-kick.

PSG's night then took a significant turn for the worse with Motta receiving a straight red card for a poor challenge from behind on Frederic Sammaritano.

It took PSG time to get going in the second half, with Silva hobbling off with a muscle problem in the 57th minute, but they produced arguably their best chance soon after the hour mark when Moura impressed his new fans with fine work on the right before picking out Alex Costa with the cross.

Ochoa was at full stretch to keep the header out, but only succeeded in finding Ibrahimovic. He in turn fed Matuidi who somehow blazed over from close range.

Ochoa was the saviour for Ajaccio in the 69th minute when Ezequiel Lavezzi released Ibrahimovic to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper and he made the block.

Matuidi then sent another poor shot over the crossbar when picked out in a superb position by Lavezzi to infuriate his coach, and PSG's night was summed up when Ibrahimovic fired wide when well placed after a good run from substitute Kevin Gameiro.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26