Fortuné downs PSG
Nancy maintain their season-long unbeaten home run with a 1-0 win over PSG, a 67th minute Marc-Antoine Fortuné goal sending the League Cup winners to another league defeat.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
A second-half Marc-Antoine Fortuné goal was enough for Nancy to defeat PSG at a snowy Stade Marcel Picot. The victory plunges PSG into further trouble at the foot of the table while firmly establishing Nancy as a UEFA Champions League hopeful come May.
After lifting the League Cup last weekend and beating Strasbourg mid-week Paul le Guen's side were playing their third game in eight days. As a result, they started sluggishly. In a first-half dominated by Nancy but devoid of any real chances Landreau had to be sharp on 15 minutes to punch out a Pascal Berenguer free-kick while at the other end Gennaro Bracigliano saved similarly from Pauleta.
The second-half was a little different in terms of goalmouth action with Nancy yet again the controlling force. Five minutes after the restart Malonga found Issiar Dia at the far post only for the French forward to miss the target.
Soon after Dia made way for Marc-Antoine Fortuné and the 26-year-old took just eight minutes to make his mark with a fine header at the far post which Landreau clawed at but could do nothing to stop.
The goal inspired a change in PSG who introduced Peguy Luyindula alongside Pauleta and Diané with attacking midfielder Willamis Souza also making an appearance.
The substitutions had the desired effect as PSG pressed Nancy and with an equaliser looming David Sauget made an impressive block from a Pauleta shot to deny the capital club.
Predictably, PSG threw everybody forward but time caught up with the visitors as Nancy stood firm to put the Lorraine club on the verge of European history.