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PSG beats Ajaccio 4-1 to reclaim top spot

PSG beats Ajaccio 4-1 to reclaim top spot

Paris Saint-Germain returned to winning ways after three straight draws, beating Ajaccio 4-1 at home to move one point ahead of Montpellier at the top of the French league.
Record signing Javier Pastore and winger Jeremy Menez gave PSG a 2-0 lead, but defender Yoann Poulard replied just before halftime to ensure a nervy finish at Parc des Princes.
PSG was at the mercy of a possibly equalizer from the Corsican side until Guillaume Hoarau struck four minutes from time with his third goal in three games to make the result safe.
Brazilian winger Nene grabbed his 13th league goal of the season in injury time.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti started with Hoarau in attack instead of Kevin Gameiro, rewarding the tall striker for scoring last-gasp equalizers in successive games against Montpellier at home and away to Lyon.
After Nene hit the post early on, Pastore opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he picked up the ball 30 meters out, played a one-two with midfielder Blaise Matuidi, and smacked a powerful shot past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Pastore created the second goal two minutes later when he slipped the ball to Menez on the left of the penalty area, and the French winger pushed the ball onto his right foot before curling it under the crossbar.
Despite dominating possession, PSG still looked vulnerable at the back.
Three of the four goals conceded in last weekend's 4-4 draw at Lyon stemmed from free kicks, and PSG was again caught out from a set piece situation when Poulard popped up unmarked to turn in a free kick.
As PSG pressed for the third goal after the break, Nene hit the crossbar with a curling free kick and his volley was brilliantly saved by Ochoa in the 82nd.
Ochoa reacted well to keep out a stinging shot from Hoarau moments later, but the striker finally beat him shortly after when he ran onto Nene's pass and clipped the ball over him as he dashed off his line.
PSG completed the scoring in the second minute of injury time when midfielder Clement Chantome crossed from the right and Nene finished from close range.
Caen and Brest both remain in the bottom half of the table after a scrappy 0-0 draw.
Brest defender Jonathan Zebina was sent off deep into injury time but his team had already done enough to secure a draw. Brest is in 11th place, Caen is 13th.
Lorient hosted Rennes later Sunday.
Montpellier drew 1-1 away to Dijon on Saturday.


Updated : 2021-05-17 09:59 GMT+08:00