Hoarau strikes as PSG go third
Guillaume Hoarau grabbed his 13th goal of the season as Paris Saint-Germain moved up to third in the table on Saturday thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Caen. Rennes and Toulouse both missed out on the chance to move into the top three as they played out a goalless draw.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / SM Caen : 2 - 0
Paul Le Guen had asked his players to try and live up to the expectations of the Parc des Princes faithful, and the ex-Lyon coach was rewarded with a lively display from his side.
Things could have been more difficult for the hosts had Benjamin Nivet taken an early chance for Caen, but the visitors were largely on the back foot as Peguy Luyindula - partnering Hoarau up front - spurned a number of opportunities.
The former Lyon and Marseille forward's strike partner showed him the way to goal, though, four minutes after the break. When Vincent Planté could only parry Jérémy Clément's shot, Hoarau pounced to net his 13th league strike of the season to pull level with Toulouse's André-Pierre Gignac at the top of the goalscoring charts.
Luyindula made the points safe on 58 minutes as he latched onto Hoarau's miscued shot to beat Planté and give PSG their fourth successive win in all competitions.
Stade Rennais FC / Toulouse FC : 0 - 0
Their Week 4 encounter in the south west ended goalless, and there was a sense of déjà vu at the Stade de la Route de Lorient as neither side proved capable of making a breakthrough.
The hosts enjoyed the best of the chances with a powerful Mickaël Pagis drive forcing Cédric Carrasso into a fine early stop, while Jimmy Briand and Asamoah Gyan both went close in the second half.
The Rennes defence - Ligue 1's second-most watertight rearguard - kept the league's joint-top scorer André-Pierre Gignac quiet on the former Lorient forward's return to Brittany.
AJ Auxerre / FC Lorient : 0 - 0
Auxerre brought an end to a run of four successive league defeats, but Jean Fernandez's men remain in danger of the drop after failing to overcome Christian Gourcuff's side.
Kamel Chafni and Ireneusz Jelen both brought top-class saves out of Les Merlus' keeper Lionel Cappone, but AJA were unable to make the breakthrough which would have given them all three points for the first time since Week 14.
Havre AC / AS Nancy Lorraine : 2 - 3
Frédéric Hantz's Le Havre side remain rooted to the bottom of the table after they were deprived of a potentially precious point in a dramatic finish in Normandy.
Amadou Alassane's second goal of the game - and seventh of the season - three minutes into time added on appeared to be enough to give Ligue 1's oldest club its first point of 2009.
However, Landry N'Guemo - who had come off the bench just seconds before - broke clear of the home defence to beat Christophe Revault and earn Pablo Correa's side all three points for the first time this year.
Le Mans UC 72 / FC Nantes : 0 - 2
Elie Baup's side leapfrogged their hosts in the table as Nantes edged away from danger and continued Le Mans' worrying slide down the league.
Second-half goals from Yoann Poulard and Frédéric da Rocha continued Les Canaris' fine recent run, which has seen them lose just once in seven Ligue 1 encounters.
AS Monaco FC / Grenoble Foot 38 : 1 - 0
Alexandre Licata's seventh goal of the campaign was enough to lift Monaco into the relative safety of eleventh.
The forward beat Grégory Wimbée with 22 minutes remaining to ease the pressure on coach Ricardo as the hosts registered their first league win in six matches, and condemned Grenoble to a third consecutive defeat.
Valenciennes FC / OGC Nice : 1 - 0
Grégory Pujol's sixth goal of the Ligue 1 campaign extended Valenciennes' unbeaten run to four league matches and lifted to them within a point of safety.
The former Nantes man had only been on the pitch six minutes when he connected with Jean-Claude Darcheville's cross to raise hopes of top-flight survival and deliver a major blow to Nice's ambitions of a top-five finish.