AC Ajaccio 1-3 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Kevin Gameiro’s hat-trick ended Paris Saint-Germain’s Corsican hoodoo with a 3-1 win at Ajaccio.
The Frenchman was ever so clinical in front of goal and is now sitting at the top of the goalscoring charts. His potency gave the club their first ever win on the island in Ligue 1.
The visitors made an astonishing start by taking the lead in the first minute. Nene’s corner from the right-hand side was dually flicked on by Sylvain Armarnd to the back post where an unmarked Gameiro subsequently tucked the ball past Guillermo Ochoa.
That set the tone for the opening quarter with the men in white dominating possession and conjuring some lovely neat play in the middle of the park.
Mamadou Sakho took only six minute to get himself embroiled in the thick of things with a lunging tackle which resulted in a free-kick. Former Auxerre man Frederic Sammaritano took it from 25-yards out which went wide of Salvatore Sirigu’s right-hand post and had the Italian scrambling.
Two minutes later, PSG should have doubled their lead. Some cunning play down the right from Christophe Jallet allowed an opening for Nene whose scuffed half volley was pushed out by Ochoa into the path of Jallet whose follow up was cleared off the line by Anthony Lippini.
Nene and Jalllet again linked up in the 18-yard box with some lovely interplay, resulting in the Brazilian dinking the ball into the path of Mohamed Sissoko just inside the Dee and blasted wide.
The Malian international was booked minutes later for a wreckless challenge with Ajaccio profiting from the resulting free-kick to equalise. The visitors failed to clear Johan Cavalli’s set piece comprehensively, leading to Arnaud Maire having a second bite of the cherry with another delivery that found Carl Medjani at the far post to slam the ball home.
Ajaccio began to find some rhythm and utilised more of their possession. They nearly took the lead on the half hour-mark but were denied by a stunning clearance on the line by Nene to prevent Richard Socrier’s bullet like header.
Minutes before that Kevin Gameiro had missed a glaring opportunity. Javier Pastore’s trickery opened the space for Clement Chantome to shoot from the edge of the area, which was spilt by the keeper into the path of the French striker who put the ball over.
Again involved, Gameiro did ever so well just before the interval by coming into the inside right onto Pastore’s diligent through ball but his snap shot was superbly tipped out of harm’s way by Ochoa.
Gameiro’s persistence soon paid off as he put the visitors back in front to get his brace five minutes into the second-half. Jallet who had excelled down the right throughout, looped the ball towards the back post which met by the head of Sissoko to nod down to the feet of his teammate and volleyed home from close range.
Things got even better for Antoine Kombouare’s team and Gameiro as he bagged his hat-trick. Jallet again involved pierced the heart of the Corsican defence to find Chantome who skipped round the keeper and squared the ball to Gameiro at the near-post for an easy tap in.
That seemed to knock the stuffing out of the hosts as PSG kept the ball with ease. They showed a glimpse or two in front of goal with Sammaritano going close after doing magnificently to weave into a pocket of space and get a shot away. Socrier also stung the palms of Sirigu with a thumping left-footed volley.
Pastore nearly made it four on the counter attack minutes before being substituted. The Argentine had been fairly quiet throughout the ninety but he still mustered the energy to get behind the defence with a galloping run but could not generate enough precision to loop Gameiro’s ball over Ochoa.
The club from the capital saw the game out for another important win and remain undefeated in the league since the opening day of the season. Sitting at the summit of Ligue 1 and three points clear, next up is a trip to Bratislava in the UEFA Europa League.