Les Verts halt PSG rise - Sunday round-up
St Etienne picked up their first win in four matches as they beat Paris St Germain 1-0 on Sunday, while Nancy and Rennes shared the points after a goalless draw at Stade Marcel-Picot.
Sunday 21 September 2008
AS Saint-Etienne / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 0
Mouhamadou Dabo was the unlikely matchwinner for les Verts as they eased the pressure on themselves and coach Laurent Roussey by stopping the PSG renaissance in its tracks at Geoffroy-Guichard.
Paul Le Guen's side arrived hoping to reaffirm their fine start to the season, and the lively Guillaume Hoarau threatened to break the deadlock early on.
It was Dabo, though, who would make the breakthrough on 15 minutes. The full-back cut inside from the left flank before unleashing a powerful rising shot which flew past Mickaël Landreau and into the top corner.
Brazilian forward Ilan then struck a post as St Etienne enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes.
Hoarau had chances to level in the second half, but the former Le Havre man was unable to beat Jody Viviani as PSG's four-match unbeaten run - which had seen them climb into third prior to the weekend - came to an end.
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AS Nancy Lorraine / Stade Rennais FC : 0 - 0
Nancy and Rennes picked up a point each in a match which saw keepers Gennaro Bracigliano and Nicolas Douchez rarely tested.
Nancy's Bracigliano twice denied Jimmy Briand - the second save coming from an acrobatic scissor kick from the Rennes striker - and Douchez had to be alert to prevent Marc Antoine Fortuné getting an early effort on goal, but it was the two teams' defences that reigned supreme.
Even the sending-off of Rennes defender Petter Hansson six minutes from time failed to give forwards any more space, though Nancy's Monsef Zerka passed up a late chance to snatch all three points for Pablo Correa's side when he screwed a shot wide from a promising position.
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