Ligue 1: Matuidi strikes again as PSG continue winning start

Sport360 staff 04:11 22/08/2015
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Celebrating: Matuidi.

A second-half strike by the excellent Blaise Matuidi gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win away to Montpellier last night as the French champions maintained their perfect start to the new Ligue 1 season.

Matuidi’s 61st-minute goal gave PSG a win that they deserved for their dominance of possession in a match of few chances on a hot night at the Stade de la Mosson.

The capital club have won their opening three games of the campaign, all without conceding a goal, making this their best start to a season since 1999.

And this result also allowed them to extend their club-record run of consecutive Ligue 1 wins to 12, meaning they are now just two more victories short of levelling the overall record held by the Bordeaux side of 2009 which won the title.

“The most important thing is that the team wins and that is three wins in a row,” Matuidi said.

PSG were again without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and recent signing Angel Di Maria, while Marco Verratti was absent and they lost Javier Pastore to injury early on.

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Matuidi added: “Given that we were without players and Javier went off it shows we have a very good squad. We can still do much better, but the three points are the most important thing.”

Chances were scarce, with Ezequiel Lavezzi stabbing a shot wide after pouncing on a Jonas Martin mistake on the edge of the box seven minutes before the interval.

The only goal arrived just after the hour mark, Maxwell exchanging passes with Lavezzi before feeding Matuidi, whose left-foot shot beat Ligali at his near post. It was a second goal in as many games for the tireless France midfielder and it secured a club-record sixthstraight away win.

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