PSG's winless run continues
Paris Saint-Germain are now six matches without a win after a 0-0 home draw against Lorient.
Saturday, 2 April, 2011
Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 FC Lorient
Not so long ago, the capital club appeared to be genuine contenders on four fronts. Now, however, their only realistic chance of silverware is in the French Cup. After a month of March in which they were knocked out of the Europa League and became distanced from the top of the Ligue 1 table, this result leaves Antoine Kombouaré’s side looking over their shoulder rather than ahead to the much-coveted Champions League places.
PSG were missing Guillaume Hoarau due to a knee injury, and were always likely to find life tough against a Lorient side that travelled east from Brittany buoyed by a run of five league matches without defeat.
With Mevlut Erding leading the line on his own, and Nenê again kept quiet as his goal drought in 2011 goes on, the hosts rarely troubled visiting goalkeeper Fabien Audard, although Ludovic Giuly was not far off target with an early strike from distance. Moments after that, Lorient had the ball in the back of the net, but Alaixys Romao’s header from a Kévin Gameiro cross was disallowed for offside.
An Erding header from a Nenê corner that went narrowly over was the only other moment of note in a quiet first-half, and chances were similarly few and far between after the restart.
After a mistake by Siaka Tiéné, France international striker Gameiro might have struck a seventeenth goal of another impressive season but for some fine defending from national team colleague Mamadou Sakho. Following that let-off, Tiéné nearly got the winner late on, only for Audard to beat away his powerful shot.
Paris goalkeeper Grégory Coupet admitted before the game that his team simply had to win the game. It could have been worse than a draw, however, had he not denied Francis Coquelin in stoppage time. Meanwhile, Lorient have now drawn five league matches in a row, and they are one of several sides who could yet catch Paris in fifth.