Pastore propels Paris to Toulouse triumph
Javier Pastore supplied two assists as Paris Saint-Germain battled back from a goal down to win 3-1 at Toulouse.
It was a stifling hot afternoon in the south-west as unbeaten Toulouse entertained a PSG side looking to build on their win over Valenciennes seven days earlier. Javier Pastore was handed his first start in Ligue 1 for the capital club in front of a full-house at Le Stadium, with over 31,000 turning out in this rugby-mad city.
Toulouse are a side in form just now, and Paulo Machado displayed his and his team's confidence with an effort from a tight angle that Salvatore Sirigu was forced to turn over early on.
PSG then had their best opening of the first period as Jérémy Menez tried his luck from the edge of the box. The former Roma man was all out of luck though as Ali Ahamada in the Toulouse goal watched the shot rebound off both posts to safety.
The home side got the breakthrough with six minutes of the first period remaining, when a Franck Tabanou corner from the right found Etienne Capoue at the back post. The 23-year-old headed his fourth career goal in Ligue 1 low into the net at the far post.
PSG sporting director Leonardo has reportedly been busy in the transfer market again this weekend looking for defensive reinforcements, and he would have winced when he saw Capoue's effort go in.
Antoine Kombouaré's side were up against it at the interval, but they turned things around in the second-half. The equaliser arrived on 56 minutes, and it was a bad goal for Toulouse to concede as Clément Chantome found Pastore, and he picked out the run of Kévin Gameiro in between two defenders. The former Lorient man applied an excellent first-time finish for his third goal in as many league games.
Soon after, Pastore was denied a goal himself as PSG turned the screw. Jérémy Ménez and Gameiro combined to set up the Argentine, but after brilliantly turning away from Mohamed Fofana he saw his effort saved by Ahamada.
It has been a weekend of inspired substitutions in Ligue 1, and Kombouaré joined in when he opted to withdraw Gameiro and send on Mevlut Erding with just two minutes remaining and the scores still tied. The 90 minutes had come and gone when Tiene and Bodmer exchanged passes on the left before Pastore collected and slotted a pass through the legs of Fofana to Erding, with the Turk giving Ahamada no chance.
Cherry on the cake
Erding then had a role to play in the third goal that proved to be the cherry on the cake in injury time. Pastore's ball from deep was met with a superb one-touch pass from the former Sochaux man into the path of Menez and the French international this time finished past Ahamada.
A second win on the bounce suggests PSG's season is very much up and running, and the capital club are now level on seven points with Toulouse.