Sochaux trump PSG with first-half blitz
Sochaux claimed their second win of the season 3-1 over PSG on Sunday night to climb to fifth place. First-half goals from Modibo Maïga, Ideye Brown and Damien Perquis capped off a committed performance and cancelled out Guillaume Hoarau's strike early in the second half.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard / Paris Saint-Germain : 3 - 1
Francis Gillot’s Sochaux put paid to summer speculation that the club, who finished in 16th place last season and were relatively quiet in the transfer market, would struggle this season, producing a focused and committed attacking display to blitz visiting PSG 3-1.
In Paris, on the other hand, things are going in the other direction, Antoine Kombouaré’s reinforced squad having lost their last three competitive matches and leaking nine goals in the process, including four in their last outing against Maccabi Tel Aviv (4-3) that nonetheless saw them progress on aggregate to the group phase of the competition.
Paris came out swinging and had early chances through Ludovic Giuly (9’), Mamadou Sakho (10’) and Mevlut Erding (12’) but Sochaux landed a body blow in the 14th minute with their first chance of the match when the impressive Nicolas Maurice-Belay played in Christophe Jallet.
Maïga strikes a body blow
The right-back fired well from a tight angle but Grégory Coupet was at the ready. However, the former Lyon ’keeper could only parry the shot and Mali international Modibo Maïga made no mistake as he slotted home from close range.
Six minutes and one Erding chance later, Sochaux again broke down the Paris defence, Nigerian international Ideye Brown making it 2-0 as he collected Maurice-Belay’s through pass and neatly rounded Sakho and fired past Coupet for his first of the season (20’).
Damein Perquis was next up as a shell-shocked Coupet hesitated to come out to intercept a Sochaux corner, the centre-back evading all marking to nod calmly home (45’+1) to send his side into the break with a three-goal lead.
Doubtless Kombouaré deliverd some stern words at half-time and Paris responded well, pulling one back through France striker Guillaume Hoarau six minutes into the term, the lanky forward collecting a Stéphane Sessegnon through pass to power home with his left foot (51’).
After such a stunning first-half performance, Sochaux weren’t to be denied their win, and the home backline held firm for the remainder of the game while Ideye came close as Zoumana Camara deflected his 25-metre shot towards goal, but Coupet somehow got a finger to it (58’).
Clément sees red
The only notable drama after this was the 88th-minute red card for PSG’s Jérémy Clément, relegated to the bench this season with the arrival of Mathieu Bodmer, who was given his marching orders for a foul on Maïga on the edge of the area.
While the red had no effect on the outcome, it will no doubt add to the sour taste in Parisan mouths as PSG slip 12th place. Kombouaré’s men will need to patch up their defence during the international break if they are to have a hope of living up to the promise shown in their opening games this season.