Monday, October 6, 2008

PSG and Nancy draw at one

PSG earned an important 1-1 draw against Nancy in a extremely difficult situation. With Claude Makélélé, Ludovic Giuly and Jérôme Rothen sidelined with injuries, PSG was faced with a daunting task against Nancy requiring significant changes to the lineup and tactics. In coming through with this hard earned draw, Paul Le Guen hopefully has silenced critics who contend the club is slipping off in the same mold as last year.

The match started fast for PSG as Guillaume Hoarau headed in a Stéphane Sessegnon volley from six meters out to give them the lead. The striking trio of Fabrice Pancrate,Guillaume Hoarau and Péguy Luyindula continued to look to double the score and came close at the twelfth and fifteenth minute but slowly the impact of the PSG attack waned and the match was played box to box. Eleven minutes before the break PSG's weakness to aerial attack and set-plays was exposed as Benjamin Gavanon's free kick was thunderously headed to the back of the net by Uruguayan Damián Macaluso and the match was level at one. Through the balance of half most of the play was within the PSG half although serious scoring opportunities were minimal. After the break, PSG seemed to find its bearing again with the striking trio nearly finding the net at the sixtieth minute. With four minutes left Mateja Kežman tries to chip over an out-of-position Gennaro Bracigliano but it falls astray and the match ends as a 1-1 draw.

PSG returns to action on the 18th against Lorient after the international break.

Mickael Landreau,Zoumana Camara,Sylvain Armand,Ceará,Gregory Bourillon,Stéphane Sessegnon,Jérémy Clément,Younousse Sankharé (Clément Chantôme 74'),Fabrice Pancrate (Mateja Kežman 66'),Guillaume Hoarau,Péguy Luyindula

Gennaro Bracigliano,Andre Luiz,Mickaël Chrétien,Damian Macaluso,Abdeslam Ouaddou,Benjamin Gavanon,Jonathan Brison,Alfred Ndiaye (Landry N`Guemo 63'),Youssouf Hadji (Pascal Berenguer 81'),Marc-Antoine Fortune,Moncaf Zerka (Issiar Dia 63')