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Parc des Princes 27th January 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: F Fautrel

PSG Paris St Germain vs Lille Lille

PSG 1

A Chedjou (og 68)

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Lille 0

PSG back to the top

Last Updated: 27/01/13 11:16pm

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PSG celebrate their winning goal - scored by the opposition

PSG celebrate their winning goal - scored by the opposition

Paris St Germain returned to the top of Ligue 1 with a fortunate 1-0 win over Lille at the Parc des Princes.

Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou's second-half own goal earned Carlo Ancelotti's men their ninth win in 10 games and lifted them back above Lyon on goal difference.

Referee Freddy Fautrel also controversially ruled out a first-half goal for the visitors, who were left languishing in mid-table.

PSG dominated possession in the early stages with Lucas Moura impressing the home crowd. The young Brazilian teed up Ezequiel Lavezzi for a shot before he had Steeve Elana scrambling with a curling effort.

As the hosts continued to press, Thiago Motta was booked for going down far too easily in the area.

Lille finally sprung into life after half an hour and home goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was called on to push away a vicious Dimitri Payet shot.

Soon after the visitors thought they had the lead when Ronny Rodelin nodded a cross beyond Sirigu, but referee Fautrel ruled out the effort, judging Nolan Roux to be offside.

That decision seemed to spur on PSG and Zlatan Ibrahimovic went close to opening the scoring, his right-footed effort beating Elana but coming back off a post.

Both sides looked to attack at the start of the second half with Ibrahimovic heading a corner over, while at the other end Payet blazed a shot into the crowd.

Lille continued to defend resolutely, with Marco Basa typifying their efforts by throwing himself in front of a Lavezzi effort after the Argentinian got on the end of a superb Jeremy Menez pass.

But they were undone in the 67th minute when Chedjou turned Lavezzi's cross into his own net after Elana had fumbled.

The visitors went close to an immediate reply when Rodelin did well on the right before pulling the ball back into the path of Payet, but his effort was superbly saved by Sirigu.

They kept on pressing and Tulio De Melo's shot beat Sirigu only to come back off the left post as PSG rode their luck to claim victory.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 33 65
2 Paris St Germain 32 65
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 33 57
5 St Etienne 33 57
6 Bordeaux 33 54
7 Montpellier 33 52
8 Lille 33 50
9 Rennes 33 46
10 Nantes 33 43
11 Nice 33 41
12 Guingamp 33 40
13 Caen 33 38
14 Reims 33 38
15 Toulouse 33 38
16 Bastia 33 37
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 37
18 Lorient 33 35
19 Metz 32 29
20 RC Lens 33 26