PSG fall to Elmander double
Johan Elmander continues his fantastic scoring form with another two goals as Toulouse perform a textbook smash and grab at the Parc des Princes and take home all three points thanks to a 2-1 win.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Parc des Princes
Pauleta (pen) 90
Elmander 43, 48
Johan Elmander scored his fifth and sixth goals in three league games as Toulouse delivered another blow to PSG's hope of ending 2007 on a high with a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes early on Saturday afternoon.
The loss keeps PSG on 19 points and puts to a halt their recent run of victories. Without a home win in the league all season and with just one more game before the season welcomes 2008, the capital club will do well to avoid celebrating the New Year in the bottom three.
By contrast, Toulouse have enjoyed a turnaround in form having suffered in November. Their rejuvenation owes much to the availability of their Swedish forward Elmander who is quickly becoming one of the hottest properties in Europe.
And Toulouse started the match the better of the two sides as PSG struggled with the pace of the game. Nevertheless, after a slow opening, Paul Le Guen's side carved open the game's first chance when Rothen, booed by the home crowd, put in a tremendous cross for Pauleta whose header rebounded off the post.
Less then five minutes later it was Peguy Luyindula's turn to be left with his head in his hands as Nicolas Douchez saved well following another flowing move via the boot of the maligned Rothen.
PSG then passed on another opportunity in front of goal with Ceara this time seeing his shot saved by Douchez. A goal looked certain to arrive before half-time and indeed it did with Toulouse taking advantage of some lax defending, Zoumana the culprit, and Elmander pouncing to put his team one up two minutes before the break.
It was a cruel blow and as Camara missed a chance to equalise late in the half PSG must have known it wasn't going to be their day.
The second-half proved that assumption right as Toulouse went on to score a second within three minutes of the restart - the electrifying Elmander finishing sweetly on the right.
Le Guen threw his men forward but Toulouse had already learned their lesson. And although Yepes won his team a belated penalty which Pauleta promptly dispatched, it was too little too late.