Gameiro triple keeps PSG clear
A Kévin Gameiro hat-trick ensured Paris Saint-Germain maintained a three-point cushion at the top of the table as the club from the capital picked up a 3-1 win at Ajaccio on Sunday.
PSG had never previously won in five visits to the Corsican city, but they were given the ideal start when Gameiro struck with barely two minutes on the clock. Carl Medjani levelled soon after, but five minutes after the restart Gameiro restored PSG's lead before quickly adding a third to give Antoine Kombouaré's men a fourth successive league victory.
In addition to their poor record in Ajaccio, PSG had scored just once in Ligue 1 action there, but they did not have to wait long to double that tally. Some spectators had not even taken their seats when Nene delivered a corner that was flicked on by Sylvain Armand and turned home confidently by Gameiro at the back post.
Frédéric Sammaritano raised the visitors' pulses when he whipped a free-kick narrowly wide, but the hosts were indebted to goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for keeping them in the game when he turned aside Nene's strike - the Mexican custodian may have had more trouble had the PSG man connected more cleanly with his strike.
The value of that save was doubled when Ajaccio then levelled. When Arnaud Maire hooked the ball into the PSG box, Marcos Ceara could only miscue his clearance to Medjani, who fired past Salvatore Sirigu from close range.
The visitors from the capital came close to adding to the scoreline only for Ochoa to stand between them and a second. First, he pushed away Clément Chantôme's shot, and deserved the luck to see Gameiro fire the follow-up over before he then finger-tipped a low Gameiro drive beyond the far post.
Ajaccio, though, responded again, and came even closer to earning themselves a half-time lead than PSG - only Nene's header off the line prevented Richard Socrier from giving the Corsicans a shock advantage.
That let-off showed PSG that they could not drop their guard, and they re-asserted themselves shortly after the break by moving back in front. Despite the wealth of attacking talent in their ranks, it was a straightforward goal - an up-and-under cross from Christophe Jallet was headed back across goal by Momo Sissoko for Gameiro to tuck away.
Believe it or not, the ex-Lorient striker had an even simpler finish to complete his hat-trick soon after. Jallet was again involved, slipping a wonderfully-weighted pass into the run of Chantôme, who rounded Ochoa before cutting the ball across for Gameiro to touch in virtually on the goalline for surely the easiest of his eight goals this season.
Christian Kinkela almost pulled one back when he raced clear of the PSG defence only to find the side-netting, but the hosts were unable to trouble Sirigu in the visitors' goal sufficiently to put the result in jeopardy.