Nenê on mark again in Paris victory, Lille held

UEFA Europa League

Paris Saint-Germain are in command of Europa League Group J after defeating Karpaty Lviv 2-0 at the Parc des Princes, but Lille are still without a win in Group C after drawing at Gent.

Thursday 30 September

UEFA Europa League Group J

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Karpaty Lviv

Coach Antoine Kombouaré left Claude Makélélé and Guillaume Hoarau on the bench, but even with Ludovic Giuly and Marcos Ceará also unavailable, this was still a strong PSG line-up and they set themselves on the way by opening the scoring just four minutes in, Jallet thundering home from distance.

That lead was doubled after just twenty minutes, and it was hardly a surprise that the man on target was Nenê – the Brazilian continuing his impressive start to his career in the capital by converting after the returning Stéphane Sessegnon had done the dog work. It was the former Monaco winger’s seventh goal in all competitions this season.

Yet a two-goal lead can be dangerous, and the hosts were lucky that Karpaty did not reduce the arrears. Indeed, they had Apoula Edel to thank for preventing the Ukrainians from finding a route back into the game and ensuring that PSG made it five games unbeaten without conceding a goal in September.

Having won at Sevilla a fortnight ago, Paris are now in a very strong position, with a maximum six points from two games. Sevilla’s win in the other game at Borussia Dortmund means those two have three points, with Karpaty propping up the section.


Group C

KAA Gent 1-1 Lille

Lille have claimed their first point in Group C after coming from behind to draw 1-1 against Gent in Belgium.

Aurélien Chedjou returned to the Lille line-up after injury while Eden Hazard was looking to seize the chance to show his potential in a rare run-out on home soil, but LOSC found themselves behind inside five minutes, poor marking at a corner allowing Stijn De Smet to strike.

However, Lille were back on level terms midway through the first-half. Yohan Cabaye played in Pierre-Alain Frau, who beat his man before unleashing a terrific strike beyond the hosts’ Serbian ‘keeper and into the far corner, ensuring that LOSC made the short trip back across the border with a draw.

Sporting’s defeat of Levski Sofia in Lisbon sees the Portuguese side pull clear in the section, but despite having a solitary point from two games, Rudi Garcia’s side remain very much in contention for a place in the knockout stages.

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