Erding helps PSG rediscover winning ways
Mevlut Erding enjoyed an eventful, and ultimately successful, return to former club Sochaux. Back in the PSG side after injury, the Turkish international scored PSG's third in a 4-1 win but also missed a first-half penalty as the capital club won for the first time since Week 4.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 4
Jérémy Clément, Clément Chantôme and Peguy Luyindula scored the other PSG goals and Sochaux's former PSG midfielder Stéphane Dalmat netted a consolation for the hosts.
Tunisian international Yassin Mikari had Sochaux's first chance and Grégory Coupet repelled the effort. PSG came more into the game and Sochaux suffered an injury blow midway through the first half when former PSV Eindhoven defender Jérémie Brechet was forced off and had to be replaced by Maxime Josse.
On the half-hour PSG nearly took the lead. Vincent Nogueira cleared off the line from a Sammy Traoré header. Then in the 35th minute Luyindula was one on one with the Sochaux goalkeeper and went down under the challenge of Teddy Richert. Monsieur Kalt awarded a penalty.
Erding misses, Clément scores!
Erding, back from a shoulder injury which had kept him out since Week 4, took the responsibility against the club for whom his goals helped stave off relegation in each of the last two seasons. Perhaps using some training ground knowledge from when they played together, Richert went the right way and made a terrific save, before blocking the follow-up from Christophe Jallet, only for Clément to at last force the ball over the line. Ironically it was Clémént being diagnosed with swine flu last Sunday which led to the postponement of the 'clasico' at Marseille. The finish was not as spectacular as Clément's only other goal this season, a sumptuous strike in the 3-0 win over Lille in Week 4, yet - with PSG having only taken three points from the last 15 - it was vital.
At the start of the second half the capital club maintained their upbeat tempo and Sessegnon and Luyindula could have extended their advantage. The second goal was coming and duly arrived ten minutes after the break. Midfielder Chantôme, making his first start of the season, played a one-two with Christophe Jallet, shrugged off the challenge of Dalmat and calmly clipped the ball over Richert.
Erding gets his goal
Erding finally got his goal and celebrated it in low-key fashion. Jallet's right-wing cross deflected off Sochaux defender Damien Perquis and Erding supplied a delicate near-post finish for his third Ligue 1 strike of the season in only his fifth game for PSG since his summer transfer. Antoine Kombouaré's side had not won in Erding's absence.
Dalmat emulated Erding by scoring against his former club with a long-range effort that surprised Coupet. Straight from the ensuing kick-off PSG scored their fourth and final goal. Jallet played the ball towards Luyindula and the French international somehow managed to get the ball under control and hold off Perquis before beating Richert.
PSG move on to 16 points, one point more than Sochaux in mid-table.