Gameiro sinks Sochaux
Kévin Gameiro's first goal in seven league matches proved enough for Paris Saint-Germain to beat FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on Saturday and move level on points with Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier Hérault SC.
After starting his maiden season in the capital with a bang, Gameiro had struggled to find the net in recent weeks. However, he certainly did not look short of confidence as he strode forward on 20 minutes before firing emphatically beyond Teddy Richert to claim his ninth goal of the campaign and leave PSG with only goal difference separating them from top spot.
PSG had failed to win on their last five away trips in all competitions, but started with visible self-belief, and some wonderful close control from Javier Pastore provided Gameiro with an early opportunity the home defence did well to block.
The skilful Argentine international looked determined to put the controversy of the last week behind him, and could have given his side the lead but twice found Richert in obstinate mood. The Sochaux 'keeper could do nothing though when Gameiro strode forward before wrong-footing Loïc Poujol and firing home.
Sochaux, who had seen Marvin Martin bring a good save from Salvatore Sirigu before PSG went in front, responded with a drive from Vincent Nogueira that shaved the outside of a post. Gameiro, however, would have doubled his team's lead but for Richert's lightning reactions after his defence had failed to clear a free-kick.
The hosts' ambitions were not helped by the injury-enforced substitution of their most creative element, Martin, at half-time, and they were unable to stem the tide as their opponents continued to dominate but could not capitalise.
Gameiro should have done better than fire wide after being sent clear by a delightful Pastore backheel and Nene curled an effort past a post, but Antoine Kombouaré's men survived a nervy ending to boost their title ambitions.