Paris hold out against Valenciennes
Paris coach Antoine Kombouaré made a winning return to former club Valenciennes on Saturday night as his side took all three points 3-2 against a valiant Valenciennes side who left their charge too late.
Saturday August 22, 2009
Valenciennes FC / Paris Saint-Germain : 2 - 3
Paris dominated the first half against an uninspired VA, going ahead in the 35th minute when Péguy Luyindula opened the scoring after a neat one-two with Turkey international Mevlut Erding, who nabbed Paris's second early in the second half.
Philippe Montanier's men were a changed side after the break however and pegged one back on the hour mark with a beautiful free kick curled into the back of Grégory Coupet's net by Ivorian left-back Siaka Tiéné.
The goal saw Valenciennes take hold of the match and pour forward in attack, but somehow Paris weathered the storm and notched a third against the run of play through substitute Christophe Jallet, who beat VA's Cameroonian reserve 'keeper Guy N'dy Assembé for his first goal since signing from Lorient in the summer.
As VA gave everything they had to close the deficit, Rudy Mater struck a second in injury time but it was too little too late for the hosts, who are now without a point after three games and looking at yet another battle against relegation.
The win is Paris's second of the season and sees them climb to provisional second place on the L1 table.>> Team Sheet