Grenoble tear apart second-string PSG side
Grenoble thumped Cup finalists Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 at the Stade des Alpes with two goals in each half. It is the already-relegated side's first win in nine games.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Grenoble Foot 38 / Paris Saint-Germain : 4 - 0
In what could be classified a true end-of-season contest, the relegated hosts had nothing left to play for except pride and the desire to avoid ending the season with the lowest points tally in top-flight history, while a largely second-string PSG line-up knew that this was their last chance to try and win a place in Antoine Kombouaré’s starting eleven for Saturday’s French Cup final against Monaco.
The visitors arrived at the Stade des Alpes on a good run of form, but an unfamiliar side featuring the likes of Tripy Makonda, Clément Chantôme, and Jean-Eudes Maurice struggled to impose themselves and Grenoble went in at half-time two goals to the good.
First, shortly before the half-hour mark, Laurent Batlles was allowed the time to advance and then strike a superb shot from distance that beat PSG’s returning goalkeeper Grégory Coupet and went in off the post. Then, a minute before the interval, Danijel Ljuboja beat his man on the left before crossing for the unmarked Nicolas Dieuze to head home.
Even the presence of the fit-again Coupet and the suspension-free Claude Makelele was having little affect on the visitors’ lethargic performance, and coach Antoine Kombouaré responded by throwing on Mevlut Erding and Stéphane Sessegnon for the second period. However, two goals for the hosts in a short spell midway through the second-half killed the game.
Nassim Akrour converted a cross from substitute Jean Calvé at the end of a counter-attack to make it three before Ljuboja got in front of Coupet and Sammy Traoré to convert the fourth goal, an eighth of the season for the one-time PSG striker.
It was turning into the kind of performance that Grenoble fans will be wishing their side could have reproduced more often this season. If it was too little too late for them, it may also have been too little too late for the PSG players hoping to win a place in the team for Saturday’s showpiece at the Stade de France.