PSG pounce in principality victory
A goal each from Sylvain Armand and Amara Diané prove enough for PSG as they beat Monaco 2-1 at the Stade Louis II , a late Jeremy Menez free-kick nothing but a consolation for Ricardo's men.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Stade Louis II
Armand 41, Diané 52
PSG secured only their second league victory of the season away at Monaco thanks to an assured performance and two goals either side of half-time. With the defeat Ricardo's men missed the opportunity to join Nancy at the top of the Ligue 1 table but for PSG the victory, their fifth consecutive league game without loss, signals a much-needed return to form.
In a match full of chances, the first opportunity, on four minutes, in front of goal fell to Peguy Luyindula who sent an effort just wide of Flavio Roma's post. Monaco reacted immediately through Frédéric Piquionne, the former Saint-Etienne man having a strike blocked.
Continuing at a rapid pace, the match saw Amara Diané and then Luyindula go close with Moanco's Vincent Muratori and Juan Pablo Pino responding in kind, all in the first half of the first period. Landreau then saved from a Piquionne volley before the deadlock was finally broken with Sylvain Armand heading firmly past Roma for 1-0 on 41 minutes. Despite going behind, Monaco, a renewed force in attack this season, powered on and Jérémy Menez came close to equalising with a fine shot which Landreau again saved.
The second-half began just as the first had ended with another chance. This time Diané tested the Monaco defence before striking his team's second following yet another astute cross from Jérome Rothen, the midfielder finding his attacking partner who finished with aplomb.
The goal injected the visiting side with much-needed confidence as Monaco could do nothing to lift themselves off the ropes. Pierre-Alain Frau sent a free-kick whistling wide before Diané had a second goal disallowed for off-side.
The final quarter saw Monaco come alive, if belatedly, with Jan Koller coming close twice before Menez finally found the net with a smart free-kick five minutes from time. It wasn't enough though to avoid a first home defeat of the season, a loss which sees PSG climb up to 11th and move ASM to sixth, three points off joint top spot.