PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 3-1 Toulouse FC
Paris Saint-Germain maintained their three point lead at the summit of Ligue 1 after an impressive 3-1 win over Toulouse at the Parc des Princes.
Carlo Ancelotti’s inaugural game at home resulted in victory thanks to a brace from Nene and Javier Pastore’s seventh goal of the season.
The Parisians produced some lovely neat interplay in the opening half. In particular, the front three of Nene, Jeremy Menez and Javier Pastore were impressive, working in tandem with one another exceptionally.
Without an out and out striker – both Kevin Gameiro and Guillaume Hoarau were on the bench – Menez took the responsibility of leading the attack down the middle, complemented by the South American duo.
Nene opened the scoring shortly before the interval. Javier Pastore spotted the run of Milan Biseac down the right flank, laying it into the path of the Serbian who produced a teasing ball across goal that Nene gathered under his spell before unleashing a fierce deflected effort from 12-yards out that wrong footed goalkeeper Ali Ahamada.
After the break Pastore produced one of his trademark buccaneering runs through the heart of Les Pitchouns defence after being slipped through by a Menez’s diligent through ball and slotted it away with precision to the elation of the Parc des Princes.
Nene then made it three ten minutes later, picking the ball up just outside the penalty area before bamboozling Daniel Congre with a little shimmy and expertly finished past a helpless Ahamada.
Daniel Braaten pinched a late goal for the visitors but it was not enough to dampen Parisian spirits. The club remain three points clear at the top of the table as Montpellier also registered a crucial win at home to Olympique Lyonnais.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted to get a result in his first Ligue 1 game – and at the Parc. Speaking to the club’s Official Site he said “We made a good match. We were a little shy at the beginning of the match but then we played much better after the opening goal of Nene. We achieved a good second-half, the team was compact and efficient – solid against attack. I am very happy tonight.”