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PSG Nears First Title in 19 Years
Associated Press, April 22nd, 2013 1:40PM

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Paris Saint-Germain is closing in on its first Ligue 1 title in close to 20 years after a 3-0 win against Nice restored the super-rich club’s nine-point lead over second-place Marseille. With just five games remaining, PSG needs just six points to ensure its first French league title since 1994.

Jeremy Menez put the home team into the lead with a tap-in from a Javier Pastore chip after 10 minutes. Halfway through the second half, Nice goalkeeper David Ospina was sent-off for hauling down Ezequiel Lavezzi in the penalty area. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ligue 1’s top scorer with 27 goals, scored the resulting penalty to make it 2-0. Two minutes from time, substitute Clement Chantome rounded off the win following a fine move involving Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi.

''This match was very important because keeping a nine-point lead means the title is getting closer,'' PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said, adding that his team had played much better than the disappointing French Cup Quarterfinal loss to Evian Thonon Gaillard on penalties last week. ''It's very easy to find the motivation because the title is very close,'' Ancelotti said. ''It's very important for everybody at this club to win this season after a 19-year drought. We're very close… Everybody is very focused.'"

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