Rémy late strike hands Nice points
Loïc Rémy's late strike proved enough for Nice to beat Paris Saint-Germain behind closed doors at the Stade du Ray as Eric Roy makes it two wins out of two since taking over as coach on the Côte d'Azur.
Samedi 20 mars 2010
OGC Nice / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 0
Not for the first time in recent weeks, the men from the capital would have been grateful just to get the chance to get out on the pitch after another difficult few days behind the scenes.
Coach Antoine Kombouaré was without the experience of both Claude Makelele and Ludovic Giuly but the side he did send out were keen to gain revenge for the 1-0 defeat they suffered when Nice visited the Parc des Princes back in November.
With supporters of both sides barred from attending the game as punishment for well-publicised incidents earlier in the season, the terraces of the Stade du Ray were eerily empty as Paris bossed the early stages of the encounter.
Profligacy in front of goal
Stéphane Sessegnon was a constant threat in the first-half, but neither Mevlut Erding or young Jean-Eudes Maurice made the most of the Benin international's set-up work.
Paris dominated possession throughout the game, as they sought to build on a positive run of four points from their last two outings. Erding and Guillaume Hoarau scored all the goals in last weekend's win over Sochaux, but the latter was left on the bench here, perhaps with the upcoming Cup tie against Auxerre in mind.
In his absence, Paris struggled to find a cutting edge, and only four of their 22 shots were on target. They were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal with just eleven minutes remaining.
Rémy proves decisive
Rémy had scored the only goal in the last meeting of the teams, and the young France international got the all-important goal once again. A Julien Sablé cross from the right came all the way across to Anthony Mounier, who sent the ball back into the danger area, where Rémy was on hand to nod his eleventh league goal of the season past Apoula Edel in the visitors' goal.
For all PSG's dominance of the encounter, that goal proved to be the knockout blow. Having won by the narrowest of margins in Le Mans last time out, this latest success allows the Gym to edge a little closer to their goal of top-flight safety.