Own-goal hands Le Mans the points
Ligue 2-bound Le Mans recorded their first-ever home victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the top-flight thanks to an early own-goal from Sylvain Armand. The home side ended the game with ten men following the late dismissal of Moussa Narry.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Le Mans UC 72 / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 0
With Le Mans already relegated and Cup winners PSG languishing in mid-table, this was a real end-of-season encounter. That said, Antoine Kombouaré would have been determined for his side to finish the season in the top-half while Le Mans were looking to sign out on a high in front of their own fans, especially with the club due to move away from the Stade Leon-Bollée at the start of next season.
The hosts got off to a terrific start, taking the lead inside the first ten minutes. Top scorer Anthony Le Tallec, who is set to leave the club in the summer, played a prominent role, with a driving run from midfield that unsettled the visiting defence. As he tried to play in Matheiu Dossevi, PSG skipper Sylvain Armand slid in to intercept on the edge of the box. However, the long-serving left-back only succeeded in diverting the ball into his own net beyond the despairing dive of Grégory Coupet.
Arnaud Cormier’s men almost doubled their advantage before the break, but Modibo Maïga was unlucky to see his fizzing low drive rebound to safety off Coupet’s left-hand post. Meanwhile, chances were few and far between at the other end, with Mevlut Erding firing over from the edge of the area as the capital club struggled to apply concerted pressure on Didier Ovono in the home goal.
However, the Gabonese international had to be alert to deny Erding’s looping header in the second-half, while Mateja Kezman should have done better after getting in behind Grégory Cerdan and leaving himself with just the ‘keeper to beat.
There was to be no equalising goal, and Le Mans held on despite having Narry dismissed in stoppage time for a dreadful challenge on Younousse Sankharé. They may be relegated, but Le Mans dug deep to give their old home a fitting send-off.