Mar 21, 2014 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stade du Moustoir
PSGParis Saint-Germain
FT(HT: 0-1)
Motta (41')
Veratti (59')

Result: Paris Saint-Germain move 12 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with Lorient win

Thiago Motta scores the only goal of the game as PSG beat Lorient 1-0 at Stade du Moustoir to extend their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table to 12 points.

Thiago Motta scored the only goal of the game as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lorient 1-0 tonight to move 12 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table.

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Thiago Motta is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the French L1 football match Lorient (FCL) against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on March 21, 2014 © Getty Images

The visitors, who were 12th in the league prior to kickoff, had the better of the early chances as Vincent Aboubakar dragged wide from 12 yards and Yann Jouffre tested Salvatore Sirigu with a long-distance drive.

PSG's start to the match was further disrupted with an injury to influential defender Thiago Silva, who was forced off with an niggle on the half-hour mark and replaced by former Chelsea star Alex.

The French giants were drawn against the Blues in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday, and whether Silva will be fit or not, they have the talent at the other end to trouble Jose Mourinho's side.

Edinson Cavani twice came close with headers as the visitors pushed for an opening goal at the Stade du Moustoir, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's thumping shot was kept out by Lorient keeper Fabien Audard.

PSG's pressure paid dividends when Motta poked the ball home on the goalline in the 41st minute to net his fifth goal of the season, and they continued to pepper the Lorient net after the break.

Ibrahimovic collected a Marco Verrati pass and shot towards the bottom corner, only to see Audard deny him again, while Marquinhos headed wide from Motta's cross on 53 minutes.

Their failure to increase their advantage nearly cost PSG two points when Aboubakar nodded narrowly over the crossbar in the final five minutes, as Laurent Blanc's side hung on to claim victory.

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Thiago Motta is congratulated by Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Blaise Matuidi after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Nantes (FCNA), on January 19, 2014
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