Ebondo does for Makelele-less PSG
A 74th minute Albin Ebondo strike was enough for hosts Toulouse to edge out Paris Saint-Germain 1-0. Substitute Younousse Sankharé went closest to an equaliser for PSG, who were hit by the late withdrawal of captain Claude Makelele and have now taken just three points from the last 15 in Ligue 1.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Toulouse FC / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 0
The ball rarely ran smoothly on a surface recently used by Toulouse's rugby team. PSG's preparations were hit by Makelele's absence through illness. Guillaume Hoarau, last season's top scorer, was only fit enough for a place on the bench after hamstring trouble. Turkish international striker Mevlut Erding was again an absentee because of an injured shoulder, while a similar injury ruled out Toulouse captain Mauro Cetto.
Chances were few and far between. Grégory Coupet was equal to an early André-Pierre Gignac effort as Toulouse tried to bounce back from defeats to Lyon and Lorient. Defences dominated with Gignac often left isolated. PSG enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening 45 minutes without really managing to test Yohann Pelé.
The second half started in the same vein as the first with Gignac drawing a save from Coupet. Stéphane Sessegnon was denied at the other end by a wonderful saving tackle from Etienne Capoue and Péguy Luyindula hit a post after replays suggested he had wrongly been flagged offside.
Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, buoyed by winning his first caps for France against the Faroe Islands and Austria, began to assert his influence and linked well with Gignac. Sissoko it was who provided the assist for a deserved Toulouse opener on 74 minutes. Makelele's absence was keenly felt as Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado drove through central midfield. Sissoko took over and his deft lay-off found Albin Ebondo with plenty of space on the right edge of the area to fire the shot past Coupet.
PSG at this stage may have settled for a fourth straight 1-1 draw in Ligue 1. Coach Antoine Kombouaré brought on Hoarau for Ludovic Giuly with seven minutes to play. Fellow sub Younousse Sankharé immediately drew a top class save from Pelé with a fearsome left-footed strike which was heading for the top corner.
OM next week for PSG
After taking just three points from their last 15 in Ligue 1, PSG need to bounce back in style at the imposing Stade Vélodrome next week when they take on Marseille. Toulouse are in Europa League action at Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday.