PSG survive Evian scare
By S. Willis
PSG maintained their winning run under Carlo Ancelotti - and top spot on the table - after strikes from Nene and Kévin Gameiro brought the Parisians back from a goal down to beat Evian 3-1 at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Despite dominating the first half with impressive free-flowing football, Carlo Ancelotti's stars were looking down the barrel of an upset when Cédric Cambon gave Evian a shock lead on the stroke of half time. However, Les Parisiens made the most of their chances in the second half - Nene bagging a brace (47', 78' pen.) and Kévin Gameiro putting the result beyond doubt (88') - to seal a 3-1 win.
Motta shines, Ménez goes close
With new recruit Thiago Motta impressing on debut with some lightning distribution, PSG spent most of the first term camped in Evian's half but the hosts couldn't find a way past Stephan Andersen despite the pace, movement and link-up play of Gameiro, Nene and Jérémy Ménez, who came closest when his shot cannoned into the post (34').
PSG's fruitless domination allowed Evian back into the match as the half wore on, with Yannick Sagbo denied only by a last-ditch tackle from Mamadou Sakho before Cambon headed past Salvatore Sirigu from Olivier Sorlin's fierce drive (45').
Nene strikes back
However, PSG came out swinging after the break and their renewed verve - quite possibly the result of some strong words from an Ancelotti none too pleased by the prospect of conceding a first defeat at the helm of the club - paid dividends within minutes, club top scorer Nene capping off a some impressive passing on the edge of the area by rounding Anderson and slotting home at the near post.
The incredibly mobile Gameiro continued to threaten with some slide-rule passing from PSG's talented midfielders (49', 55'), but it was a Ménez looking to make up for his missed chance who paved the way for PSG to take the lead when his mercurial run into the area was illegally stopped by Guillaume Rippert. Nene comfortably lashed the ensuing penalty high to Andersen's right for his 11th goal - and fourth double - of the season.
Gameiro seals the comeback
Evian were far from out of the match, however, with Danish international Christian Poulsen's header cleared off the line by the omnipresent Nene (68') and former OL winger Sidney Govou missing a one-on-one chance to score his first goal for the promoted club (57'), but Gamiero prevented any chance of a late equaliser when he was on the spot to tuck in Nene's deflected shot with just two minutes left to play.
The loss sees Pablo Correa's much-improved side slip a spot to 13th while PSG will go into their midweek last-16 Coupe de France clash in Dijon brimful of confidence after an impressive display that saw them win their fifth in a row in all competitions - a record at the capital club.