Mon, Dec 01, 2014 - Page 18 News List

PSG edge Nice to close gap on Ligue 1 leaders l’OM

Reuters, PARIS

Stade Rennais defender Romain Danze, center, heads the ball in their Ligue 1 clash against AS Monaco on Saturday in Rennes, France.

Photo: AFP

Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a first-half penalty for a 1-0 home win against OGC Nice that took his side back within a point of Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille.

Ibrahimovic, who also scored in Tuesday’s 3-1 UEFA Champions League win against Ajax, netted from the spot in the 15th minute to put PSG on 33 points from 15 games.

It was the capital club’s ninth competitive victory in a row and followed Marseille’s 2-0 win over Nantes on Friday.

Despite escaping with the win, Laurent Blanc’s PSG were far from convincing as they lost control in the second half at the Parc des Princes.

Nice, who are 11th on 18 points, had played too conservatively in the first half but they came close to equalizing in the closing stages.

After 15 minutes, Lucas, who was played in by Javier Pastore, was fouled and Ibrahimovic netted the penalty.

PSG, unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions this season, dominated possession against a Nice side who defended deep.

As the game’s tempo began to drop, Blanc brought on Ezequiel Lavezzi for Lucas by and Adrien Rabiot for Blaise Matuidi but PSG failed to further threaten the Les Canaris’ goal.

Instead, it was the visitors who looked dangerous, with Jordan Amavi’s header hitting Salvatore Sirigu’s left post in the 79th minute.

Last season’s runners-up AS Monaco were beaten 2-0 at Stade Rennais and slipped to 10th on 20 points, while the hosts moved up to fourth, nine points adrift of Marseille.

In the day’s other games, Stade Malherbe Caen Calvadoes drew 1-1 with Montpellier Herault, while Racing Club de Lens blanked Metz 2-0, Stade de Reims overcame SC Bastia 2-1 and Lorient were 3-2 winners over Toulouse.

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