PSG win one-sided contest
Paris Saint-Germain were playing their third match in a week behind closed doors, but they made light work of ten-man Boulogne-sur-mer at the Parc des Princes. Stéphane Sessegnon, Guillaume Hoarau and Mateja Kezman were all on target.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / Boulogne Côte d'Opale : 3 - 0
There is little doubt that the capital club saved their season by making it through to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France thanks to the midweek penalty shoot-out win at Auxerre.
However, Antoine Kombouaré's side are still striving for a top-half finish in the league, and they boosted their chances of doing so by easing past a Boulogne outfit who did their chances of avoiding the drop no good whatsoever at a deserted Parc.
The decisive moment of the game arrived in the 27th minute. Ludovic Giuly may be in the twilight of his career, but he is still capable of damaging Ligue 1 defences with his pace. He accelerated down the right before setting up Stéphane Sessegnon, whose shot took a deflection off Anthony Lecointe on it's way in.
Before the visitors could come to terms with falling a goal behind, Paris doubled their lead. Kezman, given a rare opportunity to show his worth from the start, was brought down by Damien Perrinelle, just on as a substitute. Hoarau made no mistake from the spot to take his season's tally to four.
If the Cup saved PSG's campaign during the week, it did more damage to that of Boulogne. Their 3-1 defeat at the hands of little Quevilly was one of the most disappointing results of a difficult season, and it has clearly had a lasting impact on confidence.
For all their toil, Laurent Guyot's men never looked capable of a comeback in the second-half. They escaped when Giuly made a hash of his shot after finding himself alone in front of Jean-François Bédénik, but PSG made certain of all three points with ten minutes left.
Clément Chantôme cut into the box from the right and squared for Kezman, who neatly stabbed the ball past Bédénik from close range - a rare goal in Ligue 1 for a man who has not had his troubles to seek.
The last few days have done a lot to restore confidence at PSG, but Boulogne's chances of surviving for a second season in the top-flight are becoming ever slimmer.