Lille make it a magnificent seven
Lille romped to a seventh successive Ligue 1 victory, although they managed to score just the three goals this time in their win over Paris Saint-Germain. Ludovic Obraniak, Florent Balmont and Franck Béria scored for the side from the north, as they strengthen their grip on second.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
LOSC Lille Métropole / Paris Saint-Germain : 3 - 1
Ivorian winger Gervinho was the inspiration behind Lille's fantastic run prior to Christmas that saw them climb to second in the table, and even with their star man away at the Africa Cup of Nations, they continue to bang in the goals.
Following their 3-1 midweek defeat of Rennes in the League Cup, Rudi Garcia's side needed just five minutes to break the deadlock against the men from the capital. The always impressive Yohan Cabaye was involved in the build-up, working the ball to Obraniak just outside the area. The Polish international let fly with a ripping left-footed effort that gave Apoule Edel in the visitors' goal no chance.
As the rain lashed down in northern France, Lille started to run riot against a team that has often struggled on the road this season. Eden Hazard was a constant threat, and Sammy Traoré resorted to chopping down the Belgian whippet as he bore down on goal. The overworked Edel then saved Cabaye's resultant free-kick.
Paris coach Antoine Komboauré was a worried figure on the touchline, as Edel produced several vital saves. Cabaye also came close to getting on the scoresheet with a shot that flashed wide after good work from Pierre-Alain Frau.
All at sea
Whatever Kombouaré said to his players at the break had little effect, as Lille continued to flood forward at the start of the second-half. Hazard had an effort deflected wide with Edel beaten before the second goal did arrive on 52 minutes.
Paris struggled to clear a ball down their right-hand channel, and Obraniak pounced, leaving Ceará for dead before hanging a ball up for the arriving Balmont to head in unmarked.
Kombouaré tried to inject some life into his side by taking off Ceará and bringing on Ludoviv Giuly. However, still the hosts came forward, and they made it three midway through the second period.
Once again Paris failed to clear their lines, this time at a corner, and when the ball came back in, Cabaye headed on for Béria to nod in. It was LOSC's 26th goal in seven league games.
It could have been worse for the visitors, as they stood off, allowing Frau to advance and hit one just past. With the pitch cutting up badly, there was to be no more goals for the home side. Mercifully for Paris, the final goal of the night came at the other end, as Mevlut Erding neatly headed in his eighth of the season from Jean-Eudes Maurice's centre.
Lille are now six points behind table-toppers Bordeaux ahead of the champions' game against Marseille. Paris, though, are down in tenth.