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Parc des Princes 23rd April 2014 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: Mikael Lesage

PSG Paris St Germain vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

PSG 1

B Matuidi (89)

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Evian 0

K Abdallah (S/O 61)

Matuidi puts PSG on brink of title

Last Updated: 23/04/14 9:07pm

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PSG celebrate Matuidi's late winner

PSG celebrate Matuidi's late winner

Blaise Matuidi scored a minute from time to put Paris St Germain on the brink of the French title as they beat Evian 1-0.

Fresh from winning the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday, Laurent Blanc's men looked tired and likely to fluff their lines against their relegation-haunted opponents.

But Matuidi took in a Lucas Moura pass close to the final whistle to do the deed and see off their 10-man opponents, with Kassim Abdallah having already seen red.

As a result PSG are now 10 points clear of second-placed Monaco with four games left and will confirm back-to-back titles with a win at Sochaux on Sunday.

Evian stay five points ahead of trouble after a game they were never expected to win and will take heart from how they performed in the capital.

They hit the bar through Daniel Wass and generally gave an account of a side unlikely to be outside of the top flight next season.

Wass' free-kick against the bar represented the first real action of the night, before Jesper Hansen saved well at the other end, denying Ezequiel Lavezzi after some smart build-up play.

PSG stepped up their pursuit of the win after the break, with Lavezzi again in the thick of the action.

Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot linked well, with the latter's pass across the six-yard box finding Lavezzi, who failed to hit the target.

Abdallah was then sent off for a second yellow card in five minutes, chopping down Lucas Digne, before Matuidi flashed wide from midway inside the area.

He would find his range shortly after, though, taking in Lucas' pass and slotting in the goal which puts his side on the brink of the title.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11