Luyindula and Erding inspire Paris comeback
After a dreadful first-half performance, Paris Saint-Germain scored four times in the space of nine minutes after the break on their way to a 5-2 win over struggling Boulogne-sur-Mer. The capital club are up to 7th in Ligue 1.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Boulogne Côte d'Opale / Paris Saint-Germain : 2 - 5
On a bumpy playing surface, there was little in the way of quality early on for the fans who had packed out the Stade de la Libération despite the driving rain in the north of France.
The visitors had something of a makeshift look about them, with Apoula Edel making his first start in goal. Mamadou Sakho was out ill, while there was a surprise start for Younousse Sankharé in the absence of the suspended Stéphane Sessegnon.
Bolt from the blue
After a scrappy opening, Boulogne took the lead with a stunning goal 35 minutes in. A poor header from Sylvain Armand gifted possession back to the hosts in central midfield. Guillaume Ducatel picked up the ball, strode forward and let fly from 35 yards, his shot roaring into Edel's top right-hand corner.
The goal may not have been a fair reflection on the pattern of the game, but Boulogne had been first to every ball, while the visitors didn't really seem up for the occasion.
The complexion of the game changed completely after Antoine Kombouaré withdrew the ineffectual Ludovic Giuly just before the hour and replaced him with Pegguy Luyindula.
Barely three minutes later, Paris were level. Luyindula's hanging ball from the left to the back post was controlled and lashed home superbly by Clément Chantôme.
Moments after that, the visitors had turned the game completely on its head. Bakary Samaré was adjudged to have brought down Mevlut Erding inside the box, and Luyindula beat Jean-François Bédenik from the spot.
Paris started to pick Boulogne apart at will, with right-back Damien Perrinelle in particular given a torrid time. A Sankharé cross from the left found Erding unmarked inside the six-yard box to make it 3-1.
Luyindula had a central role in the fourth goal, playing a one-two with Armand down the left, before cutting the ball back for Erding. The Turkish international had peeled away expertly from his marker, and he slotted home to put the men from the capital out of sight.
No grandstand finish
Johan Ramare scored a penalty after Sylvain Armand's clumsy foul on Jérémy Blayac inside the area. However, there was to be no grandstand finish. Instead, Paris scored again at the other end. Once again, the goal came from the left. Sankharé's cross was diverted goalwards by Jean-Eudes Maurice, and Bedenik fumbled the ball over the line.
Ducatel's stunning early goal seemed a long time ago as the final whistle blew, leaving the home side still mired in the relegation zone after eleven games without a win. PSG, meanwhile, return to the capital in seventh place, above both Marseille and Monaco on goal difference.