Capital punishment for Grenoble
A strong Paris Saint-Germain side piled more misery on Grenoble at the Parc des Princes. Pegguy Luyindula, Sylvain Armand, Mevlut Erding and Christophe Jallet got the goals in a thumping PSG win, but the scoreline was harsh on a visiting side that were on top for long spells and hit the woodwork twice.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / Grenoble Foot 38 : 4 - 0
Paris coach Antoine Kombouaré did not hide his disappointment with his side’s display in losing at Rennes, and he sent out a strong side, looking to finish a patchy first-half of the season on a high note.
Sessegnon in the mood
They got off to a fantastic start, opening up a two-goal lead inside the first quarter of the game. Stéphane Sessegnon was in the mood on the left, and it he was the provider of both goals. First, his cross from wide after nine minutes was turned back across goal by Christophe Jallet at the back post, leaving Luyindula with the easiest of chances to score.
Shortly after, Claude Makélélé played in Erding, but the Turkish striker was denied in a one-on-one against Grenoble keeper Ronan Le Crom. The second goal was not long in coming, though. Armand made a foraging run forward from left-back. He played in Sessesgnon, and continued his run in anticipation of a cross. The Benin international duly obliged, and Armand headed home from the edge of the six-yard box for his first of the season.
Let-off for hosts
Perhaps it was hardly surprising that the home side might take their foot of the gas after those early goals. However, they were made to suffer early in the second-half, with stand-in keeper Apoula Edel repelling the Grenoble fight-back almost single-handedly. He produced a terrific stop to deny Laurent Courtois shortly after the restart, before, from the resulting corner, Courtois smashed an effort off the junction of bar and post from a tight angle.
The warning heeded, Paris made it three midway through the second-half. A lovely lofted ball over the defence from Jérémy Clément played in Erding, who had timed his run away from Jacques-Alaixys Romao to perfection. This time the former Sochaux striker did not hesitate in front of Le Crom, instead deciding to send an early shot into the keeper’s top left-hand corner.
The visitors were denied again when Nassim Akrour headed off the bar, before Paris put the game to bed in the softest of manners. Jallet’s free-kick was missed by Luyindula but the bounce deceived Le Crom, and the ball went straight in to wrap up a handsome home win.
Kombouaré’s side are in a decent position despite their obvious shortcomings. The same cannot be said of Grenoble. Coach Mécha Bazdarevic insists they will not give up but, having failed to reach their target of getting to the ten-point barrier before the end of the year, it is a long way back for them now.