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Video: Beckham sees red as PSG battle to 1-0 win

Ben McPartland · 29 Apr 2013, 09:09

Published: 29 Apr 2013 09:09 GMT+02:00

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PSG scraped a 1-0 win against Evian on Sunday to take the Paris club a step closer to securing the French Ligue 1 title.

But the win was overshadowed by ugly scenes at the end of the match as PSG ended the game with nine men after midfielders Marco Verratti and David Beckham were both sent off late on.

First the Italian midfielder Verratti was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card. Beckham was then handed a straight red card in injury time only six minutes after coming on, for a lunge on Evian’s Youssef Adnane, which the referee deemed dangerous (see video).

PSG’s assistant coach Claude Makelele was then sent to the stands for remonstrating and the referee could not prevent tempers boiling over at the final whistle.

Players from both teams squared up to each other and scuffles broke out which saw Evian striker Saber Khelifa and PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu both red carded (see video).

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The win, earned thanks to a 50th minute goal from Javier Pastore, marked revenge for PSG after being knocked out of the French cup by Evian earlier this month. The three points mean PSG regain their nine-point lead over Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 with only four games remaining.

The wealthy Paris club could be crowned champions as soon as next Sunday if they overcome Valenciennes at the Parc des Princes, and if Marseilles fail to beat Bastia on Saturday.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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