Paris march on
Guillaume Hoarau and Mevlut Erding were both on target as Paris Saint-Germain edged Caen at the Parc des Princes to continue their fine recent run of form.
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Caen
PSG underlined their title credentials against a struggling Caen side with Hoarau opening the scoring shortly before half-time and Turkish international Erding adding another early in the second-half.
The capital club’s striking double act is finally clicking into gear, but Caen have a fine attacking talent of their own, and Youssef El Arabi notched his tenth goal of what is proving to be a superb debut top-flight campaign late on.
That goal proved to be a mere consolation for the men from Normandy, though, and after a bright start to the season, they have now failed to win in eight outings in Ligue 1.
In contrast, Antoine Kombouaré’s side are unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions and have lost just once in seventeen games dating back to the end of August.
It is championship-winning form, and with Hoarau and Erding playing as they are, they will take some stopping. Erding was guilty of something of a glaring miss just after the half-hour, and so would have been relieved when Hoarau rose to meet Siaka Tiéné’s left-wing cross and head home the opener on 40 minutes.
Erding got in on the act himself at the beginning of the second-half, expertly controlling a long ball over the top of the Caen defence before rounding Alexis Thebaux and putting the home side out of sight.
El-Arabi’s goal was almost inevitable given his form of late, but while PSG are rampant, he and his Caen colleagues must now realise that they face a dogfight just to stay up.