PSG held by battling Le Mans
The first game of the day remains goalless as PSG and Le Mans shoot blanks in a tactical encounter at the Parc des Princes.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Parc des Princes
Le Mans 0
PSG and Le Mans played out a tactical draw in the first of the Matchday 24 games at a packed Parc des Princes. It was Rudy Garcia's side first ever top-flight league draw at the famous stadium.
New midfielder Willamis Souza was introduced on the right of midfield for PSG and proved to be his team's most effective player throughout the first-half. The 29-year-old Brazilian provided the cross for a Sylvain Armand header in the 24th minute as the capital team dominated the early exchanges.
PSG 'keeper Mickaël Landreau had to be sharp eight minutes later though when Stephane Sessegnon tried from long range. And four minutes before the break, les Manceaux came close to opening the scoring when Geder headed narrowly wide.
Souza, after a decent debut, made way for Parc des Princes favourite Pauleta but not before Yohann Pelé produced a magnificent save to foil a goal-bound Mario Yépes header. The visiting response was immediate with Japanese striker Dasiuke Matsui shooting just over.
But as the game entered the final third, PSG went for the jugular. First Clément Chantôme volleyed into Pelé's arms before Amara Diané put the rebound wide. The Ivorian missed the target again with seven minutes left on the clock and despite their frantic attempts to put Le Mans under pressure Paul Le Guen's men failed to find the back of the net.