Toulouse trump Paris
Toulouse continued their string of strong results with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Paris, their tenth victory in 14 matches in all competitions in 2009, to climb back to fourth place on the Ligue 1 table.
Sunday 22 March, 2009
Toulouse FC / Paris Saint-Germain : 4 - 1
The game began at breakneck pace, with Toulouse's newly called-up France international André-Pierre Gignac menacing early and Paris's Ludovic Giuly carving out two chances in the first five minutes.
It was Toulouse however who made the break in the sixth minute, with former Lyon man Bryan Bergougnoux, left unmarked on the left at a free kick, penetrating the area to curl a rising shot around France international Mickaël Landreau.
Paris immediately pushed for an equaliser but found the Toulouse defensive bloc an immovable object. The TFC gradually took control of the match and league top scorer Gignac widened their lead in the 38th minute, stabbing a side-footed shot past Landreau following Bergougnoux's low cross to the near post, for his 18th goal of the season.
France U-21 international Moussa Sissoko was next on the scoresheet, gloriously volleying Etienne Didot's corner home from the edge of the area to make it 3-0 just before half time.
Paris fought back in the second half, pulling one back through Congolese international defender Larrys Mabiala in the 71sy minute, but Toulouse held firm, adding another through Norwegian international Daniel Braaten with ten minutes to go.
Toulouse's dream run continues, propelling them back to fourth place while Paris, in third place going into Week 29, slip three places to sixth following their second consecutive league defeat.