Paris floor Nancy
Paul Le Guen's men made it three wins in four matches as they completely dominated a tentative Nancy out fit 4-1 to consolidate second place on the L1 table on Sunday night.
Sunday March 1, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / AS Nancy Lorraine : 4 - 1
The men from the capital bounced back from their 0-0 draw with Grenoble in Week 25 in stunning style, sweeping Nancy aside 4-1 in a masteful display at the Parc des Princes.
The in-form attacking trio of Guillaume Hoarau, Ludovic Giuly and Benin international Stéphane Sessegnon were at their best, notching all four goals between them to secure the three points in style.
Hoarau's strong scoring form continued with goals in the tenth and 40th minutes, the first an unbeatable header as the man from Reeunion rose highest on the penalty spot to nod home from Jérôme Rothen's inch-perfect free kick
Giuly scored Paris' second in the 13th minute when Sessegnon made easy work of two Nancy defenders on the right of the area before sending in a low cross that the surging France international controlled neatly and blasted into the Nancy goal.
While never really in the game, Nancy did make the most of an error from Paris 'keeper Mickaël Kandreau on the half-hour mark. Landreau was slow to react to a ball played into the area and Julien Féret used his pace to be the first to the ball, sending a glorious chip over the back-pedalling Parisian glovesman to pull one back in stunning style.
Paris went straight back on the offensive, with Giuly's lob hitting the bar before Hoarau netted his second, this time winning a one-on-one challenge with Nancy captain Gennaro Bracigliano. Springing the off-side trap from a free-kick, the giant striker made it 3-1 with a neat finish from close range.
Paris sat back somewhat in the second half, happy to make the most of their advantage. Naturally, Nancy began to push harder but the excellent Sessegnon put paid to their ambitions just after an the hour mark, working a neat one-two with Hoarau in the penalty area to calmly side-foot home Paris' fourth for the evening.
Le Guen will be pleased with his side's taking maximum points ahead of the upcoming bans for Sessegnon and captain Claude Makelele, both excellent against Nancy, and both of whom will miss the grudge match against Marseille on March 15.
The win sees Paris consolidate second place while Nancy slip to 14th after their fourth loss in a winless stretch of five matches.