PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 4-1 AC Ajaccio
Paris Saint-Germain are back at the top of Ligue 1 after a resounding 4-1 victory over Ajaccio on Sunday evening.
Goals from Javier Pastore, Jeremy Menez, Guillaume Hoarau and Nene ensured the team made the most of Montepellier’s slipup in Dijon on Saturday night and overhaul them at the top.
The shape of the team was an interesting one. It appeared as if Carlo Ancelotti would continue with the 4-3-2-1 formation with Pastore sitting deeper. In the early going that is how it seemed but after repelling an early onslaught by Ajaccio, the team adopted to a 4-2-3-1. Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta sat just in front of the back-four as Pastore, Menez and Nene formed a trio behind Hoarau, interchanging throughout the game. Interestingly Nene played out right as Menez filled the middle with Pastore on the left.
This worked a treat with Les Parisiens playing some of their best football this season during the first-half. Pastore was showing some of his early season form, pulling the strings as we know he can. Hoarau had a handful of chances, one after the other, producing a stinging save by Guillermo Ochoa from distance and minutes prior doing brilliantly to elude his marker but his snap shot dragged wide after some clever linkup play with Maxwell.
Pastore opened the scoring in the 27th minute. He participated in a lovely give and go with Matuidi with the anchorman slipping him in on goal and coolly slotted home with his left foot to the jubilation of the Parc.
That really set the tone and the lead was doubled by Menez with an absolute peach. Pastore again involved found the number seven with a disguised pass in towards the penalty area and the Frenchman cut onto his right foot to sweep home beautifully making it 2-0.
It appeared as if PSG would run riot but were suspect at the back once again, allowing Ajaccio back into the game by conceding a soft goal. The men in blue failed to clear a free-kick which resulted in Fousseni Diawara bringing out a world class by Salvatore Sirigu from close range but was unable to deny Yohann Poulard’s follow up into the roof of the net.
After the interval things were not as clean cut with the game laboured in midfield for much of the half. Ajaccio continued to dig in and were always capable of netting an equaliser after creating a variety of decent chances which they failed to make the most of.
The home side had chances of their own to kill the game off with Nene denied by the woodwork after nearly placing his free-kick to perfection.
In the end Ancelotti’s men sealed top spot as Hoarau got his fourth goal in three games. Nene cut through the heart of L’ours defence and delicately played the ball in for the big man to stab home. Hoarau was given a standing ovation by the Parisien faithful who bellowed his name when he was substituted.
Nene’s good work also resulted in him getting on the scoresheet in stoppage time as he turned in Clement Chantome’s ball across the face of goal into the net.
Many positives to take from the first-half as Nene, Pastore and Menez worked in tandem superbly. Problems still lie at the back and this needs to be addressed by Carlo and his backroom staff if the team are going to stop leaking sloppy goals. Nevertheless it is a good night’s work for the capital club and a temporary hiatus from the top of Ligue 1 is vanquished.