Paris stop the rot with Nancy draw
Antoine Kombouaré's men managed to avoid a fifth consecutive league loss as they drew 0-0 in Nancy in a cagey match that saw both sides taking no risks in the search of a winner. The stalemate sees Paris move to provisional 14th place while Nancy sit tight in 12th.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
AS Nancy Lorraine / Paris Saint-Germain : 0 - 0
With the capital club going through a particularly rough patch both on and off the pitch, their away game to Nancy was if not must-win, absolutely mustn’t-lose. And Antoine Kombouaré’s stepped up for the task, delivering a serious and concentrated, if heavily defensive, performance in Lorraine.
Nancy too were hesitant to going forward, preferring to stay tight at the back, and the result was a somewhat lacklustre match with few or no chances after Guillaume Hoarau’s skidding shot flew wide in the 18th minute and Cmaeroon international Paul Alo’o Efoulou’s header was easily held by Paris ‘keeper Apoula Edel two minutes later.
Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly were replaced by Peguy Luyindula and Younousse Sankharé in the 70th minute as Kombouaré hinted at looking for a winner but 20 minutes later the game very logically ended in a 0-0 draw.
From Paris’s point of view however, the result is as good as a victory as it reverses their slide down the table, albeit provisionally ahead of Sunday night’s matches, and gives them some breathing space ahead of next week’s must-win (again) clash with Toulouse.