Nice comeback stuns PSG
PSG remain in great danger near the foot of Ligue 1 following a 3-2 home defeat to Nice, Bakary Koné and Ederson winning the game for les Aiglons in the last eight minutes.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Parc des Princes
Luyindula 49, Pauleta 75
Koné 36, 82, Ederson 85
Nice produced a stunning comeback at a sodden Parc des Princes to beat PSG 3-2 and put a severe dent in the capital club's hopes of Ligue 1 survival.
Second-half goals from Peguy Luyindula and Pauleta looked to have sealed a precious victory for PSG only for two strikes in the final moments to spoil the Paris party.
Two goals to one up with eight minutes to spare and their fans beginning to celebrate, PSG allowed Nice's nimble Ivorian Bakary Koné to equalise with a fantastic solo effort, the pacey forward leaving Sylvain Armand for dead before lashing a shot past Mickael Landreau.
Just three minutes later and Ederson won the match with another magnificent individual effort, the Lyon-bound Brazilian turning superbly past Mario Yepes and shooting low beyond the Paris 'keeper to send the hosts reeling.
Defeats for both Lens and Strasbourg on Saturday meant that a win for PSG would give them a fighting chance of avoiding the drop with five games to go.
And PSG began the match with the kind of form that has propelled them to League Cup glory as well as the quarter-finals of the French Cup.
First Clément Chantôme put a chance wide after just three minutes beforeOlivier Echouafni cleared the ball in the Nice box with what seemed like the unorthodox use of his arm. The PSG players cried penalty but referee Monsieur Auriac did not budge.
Nice gradually came more into the game and when Florent Balmont let rip from 30 yards out and Landreau spilled the save it looked as though les Aiglons were about to grab an undeserved lead. However, Zoumana Camara was first to the rebound and managed to clear with Lilian Laslandes lurking.
Balmont was involved again as Nice pushed forward but the midfielder missed his effort. Ten minutes later though and the unfashionable south-coasters opened the scoring with Koné thundering a shot past Landreau from 20 yards.
The visitors' lead did not last long into the second-half with Hugo Lloris palming away a Pauleta header only for the rebound to fall to Luyindula who graciously slid home the equaliser.
PSG's Portuguese veteran was working his socks off up front for the hosts and deservedly put his team in the lead on 76 minutes with his 140th Ligue 1 goal.
And just as it looked as though Paul Le Guen's men would hang on for a vital victory up popped Nice deadly duo to stun the Parc des Princes.
With five games to go to save the club, PSG now sit firmly in the relegation zone, level on points with Lens. A testing time awaits the French capital's only top-flight club