Sakho dismissal gives Nancy edge
Paris Saint-Germain suffered only a second defeat in 23 competitive matches as Nancy capitalised on Mamadou Sakho’s early red card to register an unexpected 2-0 home win on Wednesday.
NANCY 2-0 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
PSG could have found themselves top of the table heading into the winter break with Lille and Rennes both failing to win, but their ambitions in wintry Lorraine were severely hampered by Sakho’s 14th-minute dismissal. Antoine Kombouaré’s men dug in, but were finally undone when Youssef Hadji struck twice in the final 23 minutes to give Nancy some breathing space at the bottom of the table.
The game started badly for the hosts with forward Paul Alo’o Efoulou stretchered off inside the first ten minutes, but their fortunes were to improve soon after when the visitors were reduced to ten men. Sakho clipped Hadji as the Moroccan international raced clear, and the French international defender was shown a straight red card.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, however, PSG proved the more dangerous and after Ludovic Giuly had fired narrowly wide of the target, Nene lobbed Damien Grégorini in the hosts’ goal only to see the ball strike the bar.
The club from the capital would have found themselves behind at the break, however, but for a superb stop from Apoula Edel, who brilliantly turned away Marama Vahirua’s low drive in added time.
The Cameroonian goalkeeper then denied Jonathan Brison with another top-class save before Hadji finally picked a way through the visitors’ rearguard, holding off Zoumana Camara to latch onto Julien Féret’s through ball before confidently chipping the advancing Edel.
Hadji should have added a second soon after only to waste the opportunity, but when he was presented with another chance with PSG tiring, he did not err – steering home after Edel had pushed Bakaye Traoré’s shot into his path to give Pablo Correa’s side a third win in a five-game unbeaten run.