Giuly beauty sees PSG close
A superb first-half strike from Ludovic Giuly and a Mickaël Landreau penalty save were enough to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win at Lorient on Saturday and ease Paul Le Guen's side within a point of leaders Lyon.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
FC Lorient / Paris Saint-Germain : 0 - 1
With Claude Makelele suspended, Le Guen was lacking one of his most influential squad members, but in Giuly - a Champions League winner with Barcelona in 2006 - the ex-Lyon coach has another player whose quality and experience not only rubs off on an increasingly promising squad, but who can also win football matches.
The ex-Monaco and Roma forward's 22nd-minute effort was worthy of all three points - a sumptuous volley from the edge of the box after the ever-alert Guillaume Hoarau had picked out his strike partner with the most deliberate of knockdowns.
Giuly's seventh league goal of the campaign would have counted for little though, but for the heroics of Landreau, who almost single-handedly kept at bay a Lorient side that produced many of the game's finer moments.
Marama Vahirua, Yann Jouffre and Kévin Gameiro were all denied before Landreau turned aside Rafik Saïfi's spot-kick nine minutes from time to bring PSG within touching distance of the previously untouchable Lyon.