Lorient storm capital again
Lorient improved their already impressive record in the capital as they outclassed struggling Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 on Saturday to condemn their hosts to a fourth successive league defeat.
Saturday 6 February 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / FC Lorient : 0 - 3
The club from the capital had a poor recent record against the Breton visitors at the Parc des Princes, and they succumbed to a fourth defeat in six encounters with Les Merlus as a Marama Vahirua penalty and strikes from Kevin Gameiro and Morgan Amalfitano did the damage before the break.
Antoine Kombouaré had demanded greater work-rate from his side following their dismal start to 2010, and the ex-Valenciennes coach saw his team respond appropriately.
Guillaume Hoarau forced a fine stop out of Fabien Audard, and then actually beat the Lorient number one only to see the offside flag cut short his celebrations.
The let-off galvanised the visitors and they went ahead after Sylvain Armand had mis-timed his challenge on Sigamary Diarra - Vahirua made no mistake from the spot.
That was on 24 minutes and two minutes later, Gameiro doubled that advantage with his ninth goal of the season, Vahirua this time providing the pass.
The hosts were reeling, and Lorient delivered the coup de grâce nine minutes from the break. Amalfitano drove forward and after breaking through Claude Makelele's weak challenge beat Apoula Edel with a high-quality lobbed finish.
Audard then ensured Christian Gourcuff's men retained their advantage with a series of stops, while Sammy Traoré had to clear off the line to deny Amalfitano a second of the game.