Paris turn it on
Antoine Kombouaré's men produced an assured performance to account for a gutsy Le Mans side 3-1, notching their first win of the season thanks to goals from Mevlut Erding and Ludovic Giuly.
Saturday 15 August, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / Le Mans UC 72 : 3 - 1
Having stumbled to a 1-1 draw in Week 1 on the road against newly promoted Montpellier, Paris were looking to get their season on track with a strong showing in their first match at the Parc des Princes.
Le Mans, however, looked to be continuing the form that saw them leading until the last minute against former champions Lyon in Week 1, going ahead through Norwegian international Thomas Helstad in the 21st minute.
Storming goal for Erding
But Paris took control soon after, with Turkish international Mevlut Erding netting his first since his summer move from Sochaux, storming past two defenders to fire past Rodolphe Roche in the Le Mans goal and get his side back on level terms.
Paris went 2-1 up on the hour mark through when Le Mans captain Frédéric Thomas edged a Stéphane Sessegnon free kick past Roche.
Robust and gutsy
Despite Le Mans' playing the robust and gutsy style of football new coach Paulo Duarte has brought to the club, they were luckless up front and allowed Paris to kill off the match with a third goal in the 82nd minute.
France international Ludovic Giuly made no mistake when he was played through perfectly by Serbian international Mateja Kezman, taking his time before firing a clinical shot past Roche to make it 3-1 and round out the scoring.
A fine performance from Kombouaré's men, who look to be settling under their new coach, but there were also promising signs that Le Mans could have a big season ahead of them.>> Team Sheet