Paris Saint-Germain took the spoils and three important points in the Ligue 1 title race by beating fierce rivals Olympique de Marseille 2-0 in Le Classique at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
With a potential eight-point gap to open up over title rivals AS Monaco following Les Monegasques’ 2-0 defeat at AS Saint-Etienne on Saturday, goals from Maxwell and the returning Edinson Cavani secured the win.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was seeking to become the fixture’s most prolific goalscorer with one more goal, but he had to settle for turning provider instead as Lucas Moura took centre stage with a flamboyant performance.
The win, PSG’s fourth in their last five meetings with their bitter rivals, moves them eight points clear at the top of Le Championnat but 21 clear of Marseille. Although the race is not quite over, it does seem too big a gap for Monaco or anybody else to overcome.
44 - Paris SG have won 44 games in Ligue 1 since last season, 11 more than any other team. Domination.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 2, 2014
Laurent Blanc was delighted with how his side coped with the pressure of the occasion and took advantage of their rivals' slip-up. As he revealed after the match:
For all the people who love Paris Saint-Germain, beating Marseille is always very special.
Tonight, we're happy to have won the Classique but above all to have taken the three points, which was important after the other results this weekend [notably Monaco's 2-0 loss to Saint-Etienne].
Now we need to recuperate and prepare well for our trip to Bastia. But before that, we'll savour this win. Bravo to the players! They prepared well and were suitably rewarded.
Here are six things we learned from PSG 2-0 Marseille.