Hoarau on target as Paris beat Toulouse
Guillaume Hoarau scored for the first time since September as Paris Saint-Germain recorded a morale-boosting win over ten-man Toulouse at the Parc des Princes.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / Toulouse FC : -
Talk of a crisis in the capital has never been far from the headlines in recent weeks and Paris came into Saturday night’s game looking to end a run of five league games without a win in 2010. Their opponents Toulouse were without the injured André-Pierre Gignac but they were at least unbeaten in Ligue 1 in the new year.
Yohann Pelé was back in the Toulouse goal but he didn’t have too much to do in a fairly even opening to the game. However, the encounter burst into life midway through the first-half when the home side were awarded a penalty. Pegguy Luyindula was bundled down by Albin Ebondo right in front of goal, and referee Stéphane Lannoy immediately showed the Toulouse man a red card before Hoarau stepped up to score only his second goal of an injury-plagued campaign.
Boosted by the goal and the man advantage, PSG began to dominate, and Hoarau should have doubled lead on 27 minutes. However, the big striker headed a Giuly cross over the bar from a good position.
Giuly was a constant threat down the right, but the visitors almost hit back at the other end, when Daniel Braaten did superbly to fashion an opening on the left-edge of the box. However, Colin Kazim-Richards sidefooted just wide from the Norwegian’s centre.
This game was billed beforehand as the battle between the Turkish strikers, but while Kazim looked a little isolated up front for TFC, his compatriot and friend Mevlut Erding nearly made it 2-0 after the restart with a clever effort from Christophe Jallet’s free-kick that Pele turned behind.
Two posts save PSG
Toulouse needed some inspiration from somewhere and they found it in the shape of diminutive Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado, a 62nd- minute replacement for Pantxi Sirieix. Within seconds of his introduction, Etienne Capoue had come desperately close to equalizing on two separate occasions, both times seeing headers rebound to safety off the post.
It wasn’t to be Toulouse’s night, but Paris couldn’t kill them off, and Hoarau missed a chance to make it two when he headed into the ground and over from Giuly’s corner. Giuly, who was having his best game in some weeks, was then denied by Pele twice in quick succession, before going off to a rousing reception late on.
One goal proved enough to make this a rare night to savour in a difficult season fot Antoine Kombouaré’s side. However, Toulouse will leave the capital wondering what might have been the outcome had they played the full ninety minutes with eleven men.