Diané double dumps Lens
Amara Diané scores twice in a 3-0 win for PSG - the capital club's first home win of the season - to leave Lens empty-handed in a one-sided encounter at the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Parc des Princes
Pauleta 59, Diané 65, 67
PSG swept to a decisive 3-0 home win over sorrowful Lens on Sunday evening, the Portuguese hitman Pauleta inspiring his side with a tremendous second-half performance.
The defeat leaves Lens ensconced in the bottom three and manager Jean-Pierre Papin looking over his shoulder. Les Sang et Or have now just one win in six.
The fans inside a frosty Parc des Princes were treated to a tepid first 45 minutes as neither side managed to forge a meaningful opening. Save for an Amara Diané's header which came back off the bar two minutes before the break, PSG never looked like scoring.
That was until the second-half and the introduction of capital legend Pauleta. Four minutes after coming on, the Iberian put PSG in front with a deflected shot past a stranded Vedran Runje.
Inspired by Pauleta's appearance, Diané got in on the act with a superb volley just six minutes later. Lens were shell-shocked and a third PSG goal was inevitable. It came within the next 120 seconds as Diané finished off a tidy move between Jérôme Rothen and captain Sylvain Armand to head into an empty net.
Although Lens went on to hit the post late in the game, PSG were comfortable soaking up the pressure and as the last remaining minutes were played out, the infamous Parc des Princes found its voice.
A valuable win then for the capital club who move up to eleventh place in the standings, five points clear of Lens.