Hoarau brace sinks Le Mans
A first half double from Ligue 1's leading scorer Guillaume Hoarau set the stage for Paris's 3-1 win, their fifth in their last six matches, over Le Mans at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Paris Saint-Germain / Le Mans UC 72 : 3 - 1
After rotating his squad for Paris's midweek UEFA Cup clash with Manchester City, Paris coach Paul Le Guen reverted to his first-choice strike pairing of Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly for the visit of Le Mans, with Benin international Stéphane Sessegnon on the right of midfield.
Hoarau's big night got off to a fine start when in the 23rd minute, after Sessegnon broke through the midfield and drew three defenders before putting Hoarau clean through to blast past Yohann Pelé from the edge of the area.
Le Mans struck back on the half hour mark through defender Grégory Cerdan who rose highest to head home Le Mans captain Mathieu Coutadeur's free kick.
Hoarau: Ligue 1 top scorer
The visitors began to make their way back into the game but were struck another blow five minutes from half time when Hoarau and Giuly combined with some deft touches on the edge of the area to put the giant striker through the defence where he made no mistake and re-took the lead for the capital club.
Hoarau third brace of the season moves him ahead of Karim Benzema in top spot on the Ligue 1 goal scoring charts.
Luyindula's final nail in the coffin
Le Mans fought hard throughout the second half, showing strong desire and commitment, but unable to find the final ball to level the scores once again. Paris striker Peguy Luyindula, subbed on for Jérôme Rothen with ten minutes to go, put the final nail in the coffin when he slammed home Paris's third goal following another sublime pass from the impressive Sessegnon.
The win continues the winning form that the once-struggling Paris outfit has been in for the last six weeks, a period during which they have notched five league wins and climbed up to fifth place on the league table, just two points behind second-placed Marseille and just five points behind leaders and champions Lyon.
Le Mans remain in the top half of the table in ninth place despite the loss.