Giuly fires PSG home against Lille
Ludovic Giuly's first goal for Paris Saint-Germain was enough for the capital club to earn all three against a resistant, if largely uninspired, Lille who saw their nine-game unbeaten run brought to an end at the Parc des Princes.
Dimanche 9 novembre 2008
Paris Saint-Germain / LOSC : 1 - 0
Paul Le Guen, denied the services of Fabrice Pancrate - still nursing a twisted ankle suffered in PSG's 1-0 home loss to Toulouse in Week 11 - elected for a 4-4-2 formation with Giuly partnering top scorer Guillaume Hoarau up front.
With both sides sitting back and wary of committing numbers forward, long range efforts were the order of the day with Mathieu Debuchy (8') and Hoarau (16').
Giuly had the ball in the back of the net in the 17th minute, firing home from close range after Hoarau got onto the end of his own flick on from a Mickaël Landreau long ball, only to be ruled out for offside.
It was a warning that Rudy Garcia's visiting side failed to heed, and five minutes before half-time, another long Landreau clearance was flicked on by Hoarau into the path of Giuly. In trying to clear the danger, LOSC defender Adil Rami only managed to chip his own 'keeper Grégory Malicki and Giuly was on hand to pass the ball into an empty net for his first goal for PSG since signing from AS Roma in the summer.
Lille have failed to beat Paris at the Parc des Princes since 1996 - when a certain Paul Le Guen was in the starting line-up for the homeside - but they had PSG to thank if they were still in the game in the closing stages as Sylvain Armand, Stephane Sessegnon and Mateja Kezman all wasted presentable chances to make the game safe for the Parisians.
Lille's Cameroonian defender Aurelien Chedjou wasted his side's best chance of an equaliser in the 62nd minute, heading wide, unmarked, from a well-struck Ludovic Obraniak free-kick.