Nice punish PSG
PSG lose 2-1 away to Nice to relinquish the honour of being the last unbeaten team on the road in Ligue 1. The defeat sees Paul Le Guen's side slip into the relegation zone.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Stade du Ray
Laslandes 7, Kone 36
Nice rose to fifth in the table, two points behind third placed Bordeaux, thanks to a 2-1 win at home over PSG on Sunday evening. An early goal from veteran Lilian Laslandes and a superb breakaway effort from Bakari Koné were enough to deal PSG their first away defeat of the season, a fine 31st minute strike from David Ngog proving inconsequential.
The match started with the visitors the brighter of the two sides and only a smart save from Hugo Lloris early on denied the capital side an early lead. Paul Le Guen was left to rue the miss though as moments later Nice succeeded where the visitors had failed.
With just eight minutes on the clock, a great run and cross from David Hellebuyck crept over Mickael Landreau for Laslandes who was on hand to stoop low and head home for his first goal of the season.
Florent Balmont then sliced wide after a good move from the home side before Ngog fired a fine volley through the Nice defence for the equaliser. It was the youngster's first league goal of his career.
The match was being played at breakneck speed and within five minutes of PSG dragging themselves back into the game the crowd inside the atmospheric Stade du Ray were treated to another goal, with Nice retaking the lead.
Losing the ball in midfield, Jérôme Rothen could only watch in anguish as the Nice captain Olivier Echouafni unleashed Koné through the middle with an excellent ball. The diminutive Ivorian outsprinted his markers with ease and poked home a superb second for his team.
The second-half was less frenetic but no less exciting. PSG pushed forward as they looked for the equaliser and only a pair of fantastic saves from Lloris kept the south coasters in the game.
PSG did manage to find a way past the youngster although their effort, a header from Zoumana Camara was ruled out for offside. The decision was a contentious one and although Le Guen shouted his team on frantically from the sidelines the capital side were unable to break the stern resistance of Frédéric Anonetti's side.
A 17th consecutive unbeaten match therefore for Nice at home, a run of form which sees then rise to fifth in the league with PSG sent crashing into the bottom three.