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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 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26