PSG see off Toulouse to keep touch
Paris Saint-Germain remain in title contention in Ligue 1 after a hard-fought 2-1 defeat of Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 2-1 TOULOUSE
Paulo Machado had already missed a penalty for the visitors when Sylvain Armand, who struck in the 3-0 win at Nice last weekend, proved the unlikely source of the hosts' opening goal on 28 minutes. An Adrian Javier Gunino own-goal doubled PSG's lead seven minutes before the break, and though Franck Tabanou reduced the visitors' deficit on 62 minutes, Toulouse still slipped to a fifth successive away defeat in Ligue 1.
Having reached the last 16 of the Europa League in midweek, PSG were buoyant, and Ludovic Giuly - rested for Thursday's goalless draw with BATE Borisov - signalled their intentions when he flashed an early vicious drive just over the bar.
Toulouse, though, should have taken the lead on 17 minutes when Moussa Sissoko was sent tumbling in the box by Armand's clumsy challenge - Machado, who had already scored three penalties this season, fired disappointingly wide of the target.
The reprieve stung the hosts' back into life and Mathieu Bodmer sent a volley flying narrowly over before Siaka Tiéné brought a wonderful stop from Matthieu Valverde, back in the visitors' goal after missing last weekend's defeat to Rennes.
Tiéné was involved again as PSG took the lead soon after - the Ivory Coast international's free-kick dropped onto Armand's chest, and the ex-Nantes man swivelled expertly before dispatching a shot beyond Valverde.
Machado should have restored parity soon after only to miss the target from close range, and it was the hosts who added to the scoreline. Christophe Jallet had already struck the bar with a powerful strike with Valverde well beaten before Bodmer latched onto a cross from the ex-Lorient full-back - the midfielder's shot ricocheting off Gunino to wrongfoot Valverde.
Peguy Luyindula thought he had added a third just before the hour mark only to see his effort ruled out for offside, and Toulouse took advantage of the let-off to get themselves back into the game - Tabanou beating Apoula Edel from point-blank range after Armand's defensive header had dropped invitingly.
Armand, though, redeemed himself when he produced a precision-timed tackle to halt substitute Yannis Tafer in his tracks, and Mamadou Sakho then put in a carbon-copy challenge on the ex-Lyon forward in the closing stages to ensure a second successive win for Antoine Kombouaré's men.