Kezman keeps PSG on track, Jelen at the double
Mateja Kezman's second league goal of the season gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win at Le Mans on Wednesday to keep PSG in contention for a top-three finish. Toulouse lost ground as they were held goalless by Lille, while Ireneusz Jelen scored twice as Auxerre beat Grenoble
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Le Mans UC 72 / Paris Saint-Germain : 0 - 1
Kezman has endured a difficult season at the Parc des Princes, but news of Paul Le Guen's impending departure appears to have given the Serbian international a new lease of life.
Named in the starting XI for only the third time in 18 league matches this season as a consequence of injuries to Guillaume Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly, Kezman met Stéphane Sessegnon's cross at the near post to hoist PSG back to within a point of Lyon.
Both sides could have added to the scoreline in a flurry of late chances with Mickaël Landreau twice denying Thorstein Helstad an equaliser for the hosts.
AJ Auxerre / Grenoble Foot 38 : 2 - 0
Auxerre moved up to eighth, their highest position since the opening day of the season, thanks to another brace from in-form Polish striker Jelen.
Absent for a several games midway through the season and hampered by a persistent back injury, Jelen showed just why boss Jean Fernandez rates him so highly despite all his injury concerns.
Two goals either side of half time took the ex-Wisla Plock man's tally to four in his last three matches and 12 for the season as he earned his side a fourth successive league win.
Toulouse FC / LOSC : 0 - 0
Toulouse's ambitions of sneaking into the top three appear to be all but over as they picked up only a point for the third game running to drop four points behind fourth-placed Paris Saint-Germain.
Neither side were able to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities at Le Stadium with host goalkeeper Cédric Carrasso and opposite number Ludovic Butelle rarely troubled.
Victory would have taken Lille above their hosts and into fourth, though Rudi Garcia will be happy to have seen his team end a run of three consecutive league defeats, which had threatened to derail his side's push for a place in next season's Europa League.