Paris back on track in Caen
By S. Willis
PSG returned to winning ways after a four-match winless run when they beat Caen 2-1 thanks to goals from Christophe Jallet (13') and Clément Chantôme (69').
Romain Hamouma notched an injury-time consolation for the hosts (90'+3) but it was too little too late after PSG's excellent attacking display had the points sewn up half way through the second half.
A win was crucial for the capital club after taking just two points from their last four matches, and they started brightly with some dangerous jinking runs from Nene (5', 9') but the Brazilian winger tried to do too much on his own and copped a serve from captain Claude Makelele.
Third time lucky
Nene redeemed himself, however, on 13 minutes when he sent a deft lob to the second post where the excellent Christophe Jallet, preferred on the right flank to Ludovic Giuly, was on hand to slot home a clinical volley to open the scoring.
Matheiu Bodmer confirmed his fine recent form as he wreaked havoc from the centre of the park, drawing a magnificent save from Alexis Thébaux (16') before hitting the post after a one-touch passing move that showed PSG's attacking flair at its finest.
At the other end, ex-Monaco winger Yohan Mollo turned in a boisterous display and his marauding almost paid off when club top scorer Youssef El-Arabi latched onto his cross only to see his header fly over the bar (42').
PSG not to be denied
In an attempt to stem the tide of pacy Parisian attacks, Caen coach Franck Dumas rang the changes just after half time. The fresh legs put PSG somewhat on the back foot but Antoine Kombouaré's men were soon at it again, Clément Chantôme unleashing a powerful shot from a tight angle to catch Thébaux off guard and silence the Stade Michel d'Ornano (69').
The win sees PSG hold onto fifth place, just a point behind fourth-placed Lyon ahead of Sunday's matches, but for Caen the result carries much more weight: their 13th loss of the season took them down to 17th place with just a single point separating them from the Auxerre and the drop zone.