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Match Report: PSG 1 - 0 Inter

Yohan Cabaye's loan goal was enough to seal the win for Paris Saint-Germain in yesterday's balanced friendly contest in Morocco.

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A loan Yohan Cabaye strike was the highlight of a balanced match which saw Inter employ a new-ish 4-2-3-1 formation and give run-outs to several youngsters as well as players returning from injury.

Of course, when you play PSG Zlatan Ibrahimovic always takes center stage, but it was nice for him to share a brief moment with his old manager and his old club yesterday.

Zlatan was not all show, though, and nearly drew first blood in the 25th minute. Luckily, Handanovic was able to make the close-range reaction save.

Inter took their chances almost grabbed the lead late in the relatively dull first half, when Mauro Icardi tried a chip over PSG keeper Nicolas Douchez, only to see his effort fly wide.

Zlatan again made his presence known at the beginning of the second half when he nearly put in a cross from Blaise Matuidi, but was denied for a second time.

Unfortunately for the Nerazzurri, a subsequent cross from Adrien Rabiot was deflected across the 6-yard box and fell neatly to Johan Cabaye, who easily tucked the ball into the back of the net in the 57th minute.

Il Biscione pushed hard for an equalizer on the backs of Palazzi, Puscas, and Vidic (yes, Vidic), but the loan Cabaye goal was enough to seal the win for Les Perisiens.

Post-match, Roberto Mancini said he was pleased with his side's overall performance and expressed that the club would continue to work to improve before Inter's big clash with Serie A table-toppers Juventus next week.

Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Inter (HT 0-0)

Scorer: Cabaye (57).

PARIS SAINT GERMAIN: 1 Douchez; 23 Van der Wiel (Maxwell 72), 6 Camara (Kymmakon 61), 19 Aurier (Marquinhos 50), 21 Digne; 20 Chantome (Kimpembe 89), 24 Verratti (Martin 85), 14 Matuidi, 4 Cabaye (Lucas 61), 25 Rabiot; 10 Ibrahimovic.

Subs not used: 8 Thiago Motta, 15 Bahebeck, 16 Maignan, 30 Sirigu, 40 Diaw Mory.

Coach: Laurent Blanc.

INTER: 1 Handanovic (Carrizo 48); 33 D'Ambrosio (Donkor 49), 23 Ranocchia (Vidic 46), 6 Andreolli (Palazzi 75), 5 Juan Jesus (Dodo 46); 90 M'Vila (Jonathan 58), 17 Kuzmanovic (Krhin 46); 97 Bonazzoli (Mbaye 58), 10 Kovacic (Obi 46), 88 Hernanes (Camara 49); 9 Icardi (Puscas 46).

Subs not used: 46 Berni.

Coach: Roberto Mancini