Nenê stars as PSG romp
Brazilian star Nenê produced a virtuoso performance crowned by two goals as Paris Saint-Germain condemned Arles-Avignon to a fifth defeat in five Ligue 1 games on Saturday.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / AC Arles Avignon : 4 - 0
After Guillaume Hoarau had given PSG an early lead at the Parc des Princes, Nenê's corner allowed Mamadou Sakho to double the hosts' advantage soon after before the ex-Monaco man struck twice in the second half to end the capital club's run of three successive defeats in all competitions.
Arles-Avignon had headed north with ambitions of picking up their first point of the season, but those hopes soon disappeared after Hoarau - who had recovered quicker than expected from a shoulder injury sustained on international duty to take his place in the side - smartly tucked away Ludovic Giuly's deep cross with 18 minutes gone.
The former Le Havre striker would have added a second just a couple of minutes afterwards only to see visiting goalkeeper Vincent Planté brilliantly palm away his header, but the former Caen stopper would soon be picking the ball out of his net once again - Nenê's viciously-delivered corner finding Sakho unmarked at the back post for the young defender to finish unerringly from close range.
Man of the match
It was another Nenê set-piece that took the game out of the visitors' reach just after the break, though this time he needed no assistance in finding the back of the net as he arced a free-kick beyond the reach of Planté.
The talented midfielder then added a fourth before the hour mark - clipping the ball over the advancing Planté after Mevlut Erding had played him in.
Mateja Kezman and Erding could have compounded the visitors' woes with a fifth in the closing stages before Nenê capped a man-of-the-match display by clearing off his own line to give his side an impressive and morale-boosting win.