Early blitz gives PSG the points
A scintillating first-half display from Paris Saint-Germain gave them a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Sunday to compound Les Verts' current problems.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / AS Saint-Etienne : 3 - 0
Two goals in the space of three minutes early in the first half from Peguy Luyindula and Stéphane Sessegnon meant the visitors were always on the backfoot at the Parc des Princes. Mevlut Erding added a third for the hosts before the break to lift the club from the capital into the top half of the table.
The hosts were as impressive in the first half as the visitors proved porous as the Saint-Etienne defence failed to give their attack-minded team-mates a platform to build on as they found themselves two goals down after just 13 minutes.
Jérémie Janot had already produced a magnificent stop to deny Sessegnon before the long-serving Saint-Etienne keeper played an unfortunate role in PSG's opener - spilling Jérémy Clément's shot at the feet of Luyindula, who snapped up his fifth goal of the season.
Janot was picking the ball out of his net again barely two minutes later. Sessegnon raced onto a long ball down the left-hand channel before driving a low shot beyond Janot's grasp and into the far corner.
It was a double hammer blow from which Les Verts - who had conceded four goals in midweek at Lille - never recovered.
Erding went close after producing a magnificent piece of individual skill before adding to the hosts' advantage six minutes before the break, nodding home Christophe Jallet's free-kick to take his season's tally to six.
With their work done, PSG contented themselves with comfortably holding their opponents at arm's length in the second half to get back to winning ways following their 1-0 defeat at Bordeaux last weekend.