Lens and PSG share points
A goalless draw at the Stade Felix Bollaert sees Lens and PSG win a point apiece in a game containing few clear cut chances.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Stade Felix Bollaert
With neither side having won on the opening day of the season last week, the pressure was on both sides tonight as Guy Roux and Paul Le Guen looked for the victory which would kick-start their 2007/08.
It was obvious from the off that both sets of players were keen to impose themselves as the match began at a frantic pace, the first concrete chance of the match falling to Julien Sable, the Lens midfielder, who volleyed into Mickael Landreau's arms after five minutes. It was to be the home side's only real opportunity of the half though as PSG peppered the Lens goal.
Amara Diané was at the heart of most of the Parisiens' attacking intentions with the Ivorian striker coming close on a number of occasions. The African's pace was causing Lens problems and but for an athletic stretching of the legs by the home side's Hilton which blocked a Diané shot, Lens would have almost certainly gone 1-0 down.
A free-kick, for a foul on Diané, then found Sylvain Armand who headed wide before the speedy forward sent a header of his own in the first-half's best chance, wide with the Lens 'keeper, Vedran Ruje, beaten.
PSG's Amara Diané
By this point the match was being played at a break-neck speed and as a result the second-half underwent a transformation in both pace and technical skill. On the hour, Aruna Dindane had a penalty claim thrown out by the referee, Stéphane Bre, before an excellent sweeping move from PSG nearly led to the deadlock being broken with 13 minutes left. Served by Diané following an extravagant back-heel from Didier Digard, Peguy Luyindula crashed a shot straight into Ruje from the edge of the area.
At the other end, spurred on by Guy Roux's decision to introduce the veteran Eric Carrière, Lens were beginning to find their range and Landreau had his crossbar to thank for keeping out a Kanga Akalé effort with eight minutes to go.
With the full-time whistle sounded soon after both teams seemed content to share the points although PSG can count themselves unlucky not have left the Stade Felix Bollaert with the full quota. Alarm bells will start to sound however with both teams still waiting to open up their Ligue 1 goal accounts. Next, in the mid-week games, PSG host Lorient and Lens face Lyon.