Erding hat-trick sinks Sochaux
Mevlut Erding gave the striking Paris fans something to sing about as his hat-trick against former club Sochaux led PSG to a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Parc des Princes on Saturday night that takes them to provisional 11th place.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / FC Sochaux-Montbéliard : 4 - 1
Despite the chilly atmosphere in a half-full Parc des Princes, PSG were in irresistible form against visiting Sochaux, producing the kind of match that will be sure to have the capital club’s disillusioned fans back in numbers – and in full voice.
Against a tentative Sochaux outfit, Antoine Kombouaré’s men finally gave a glimpse of the excellent attacking football they are capable of, with the strike duo of Mevlut Erding and Guillaume Hoarau kicking into gear with four goals, and attacking midfielders Stéphane Sessegnon and Ludovic Giuly putting in their best performances for some time.
Giant France striker Guillaume Hoarau struck the first blow for the hosts, winning the ball in the centre circle and mazing his way through the Sochaux defence before unleashing a sweet curling shot that sailed past second-choice ‘keeper Mathieu Dreyer and into the back of the net (17’).
A slightly stunned Sochaux hardly had time to catch their breath before Erding hstruck a second for PSG, making no mistake after some fine work from Giuly left him with a simple finish from the centre of the box (18’), and the Turk gave Paris 3-0 lead going into the break when he turned in Christophe Jallet’s cross (35’).
With all their efforts focused on defence, Sochaux could hardly get the ball to Ideye Brown and Vaclav Sverkos, isolated up front, and coach Francis Gillot tried to change things up by bringing on Benjamin Gavanon for Brown and Marvin Martin for the struggling Boukary Dramé.
Paris were in full confidence after their barnstorming first half performance, and as the fans began to rediscover their voice, Ryad Boudebouz’s 64th-minute strike was a mere consolation for the visitors as Erding capped off his hat-trick – and an uncontainable performance – with his third 25 minutes into the second half.
Strike force clicks
After a neat one-two with Hoarau, Erding made easy work of rounding Dreyer to climb to third place on the Ligue 1 scorers charts with his 12th of the season (70’). Paris had chances to go even further ahead, first when Erding was played through by Mateja Kezman (81’) and then when Hoarau headed Jallet’s cross wide a minute later.
Doubtless Kombouaré will not fault his men these late missed chances, their imperious performance providing exactly the tonic Paris needed in the face of poor form and disgruntled fans.