Hoarau strike stuns Bordeaux
PAUL Le Guen and Laurent Blanc went head-to-head at the Parc des Princes - and it was Le Guen left smiling at the end of the evening as his side condemned last season's runners-up Bordeaux to their first defeat of the season...
Saturday, 16 August 2008
PSG 1-0 Bordeaux>> Match Stats
GUILLAUME Hoarau scored his first Paris-Saint-Germain goal to as the capital outfit beat Bordeaux 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in the big Saturday night game.
The powerful striker, who signed from Le Havre last January but finally joined the club this summer, took advantage of a defensive error to net the crucial goal seven minutes into the second-half.
It was an exquisite finish from the front man, which showed why PSG forked out a fortune to make him the replacement Portuguese striker Pauleta in the first-team this season. It was in keeping with Hoarau's exploits in 2007-08, when he finished as Ligue 2 top scorer with 28 goals.
The strike should kick-start PSG's season as it makes up for the disappointment of their 1-0 defeat at Monaco last weekend. Le Guen will be delighted with the way his side hit on the counter-attack and happy that Ludovic Giuly and Claude Makelele are growing in confidence. Stephane Sessegnon, another summer signing, also enjoyed an assured debut.
Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc will be disappointed his side didn't make more of their territorial advantage. They almost opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Brazil international midfielder Fernando forced an excellent save from PSG goalkeeper Mickael Landreau with a stunning long-range drive.
Bordeaux playmaker Yohann Gouffran, who scored spectacularly in the 2-1 win over Caen last week, nearly added to his roster of beautiful goals when he deftly flicked the ball on to his right foot and fired narrowly wide on 51 minutes. But the visitors were made to pay for that miss when Hoarau gave the hosts the lead a minute later.
Full-back Mathieu Chalme was caught out on the right flank, as Jerome Rothen chipped the ball over him and crossed for Hoarau. The centre-forward needed no time to slam the ball past Bordeaux goalkeeper Ulrich Rame and put PSG a goal up.
Blanc's boys poured forward in the closing stages, desperately seeking an equaliser. Landreau produced another great save for the hosts, this time thwarting Fernando Cavenaghi from close range. That was it - PSG's defenders battened down the hatches in the later stages to frustrate Bordeaux's forwards and make sure Le Guen's side enjoyed their first victory of 2008-09.