Nene on target as PSG delight Parc
New signing Nene grabbed a goal on his Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain as the club from the capital produced a commanding 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne on Saturday.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / AS Saint-Etienne : 3 - 1
Mevlut Erding struck barely four minutes into the new season, and though Dimitri Payet levelled, visiting goalkeeper Jérémie Janot got the decisive touch on a Stephane Sessegnon scissors kick to put PSG ahead before Nene found the net seven minutes from time to cap a fine display.
Expectation - as ever - was high at kick-off inside the Parc des Princes and the crowd did not have to wait long to celebrate a first goal of the season for their side. Guillaume Hoarau measured a pass through to Erding, who eased his shot under Janot from a tight angle.
Much is expected of Hoarau and Erding's little-and-large partnership if they can avoid the injuries that undermined their impact last season, but doubts persist over their team-mates' ability to keep teams out at the other end and Saint-Etienne exploited those problems to draw level.
Christophe Landrin's pass found Dimitri Payet in space just inside the box, and the former Nantes man was able to step round the lunging Mamadou Sakho before firing past Grégory Coupet.
The PSG of last season would perhaps have settled for level pegging at the break, but there appears to be an added steel to Antoine Kombouaré's side this term, and they were soon back in front.
After producing a wonderful acrobatic volley, Sessegnon deserved the stroke of luck that saw the ball ricochet first off the post and then off Janot's head before crossing the goalline.
PSG newboy Mathieu Bodmer was forced to come off at half-time with a minor injury, but the hosts did not break stride and made the points safe through their other big summer signing late on when Nene thrashed home a shot after the visitors had failed to clear Ludovic Giuly's cross.