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PSG beats Marseille 4-2 in French league

PSG beats Marseille 4-2 in French league

Guillaume Hoarau scored in each half as Paris Saint-Germain rallied to beat Marseille 4-2 to move into sixth place in the French league on Sunday.
A win for Marseille would have taken it above Lyon and into first place, but instead it capitulated in the second half to lose its unbeaten record and stay in second place.
PSG coach Paul Le Guen was criticized for resting key players in Thursday's 3-1 UEFA Cup loss to Schalke 04, but his team looked fresh as a result.
"It's a really good result. We won in Marseille and scored four goals," Le Guen said. "We were a bit lucky when (Benoit) Cheyrou's shot hit the crossbar, but then we took our chances well."
After PSG took the lead through Hoarau's goal in the 10th minute, Marseille led 2-1 at halftime on goals from Mamadou Niang in the 21st and Mathieu Valbuena just before the interval. But PSG then scored three goals in the second half.
Peguy Luyindula made it 2-2 in the 52nd, then Jerome Rothen put PSG ahead when his free kick bounced over goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the 76th. Luyindula set up Hoarau for his second goal in the 82nd.
PSG, which also came back twice to beat Lorient in the previous round, is confident ahead of Wednesday's match against Toulouse.
"Just like last week against Lorient, we showed the physical and mental strength to come back," said Hoarau, who tops the scoring charts with six goals alongside Lyon's Karim Benzema. "We were really determined. You have to praise our teamwork above anything else."
Lyon, which drew 0-0 at Auxerre on Saturday, leads with 21 points, two more than Marseille. Le Mans, Toulouse and Bordeaux are all on 18 points and PSG is next with 17.
Marseille slipped to its second straight defeat after losing 2-0 to PSV Eindhoven in midweek.
"We knew Paris had some talent," Valbuena said. "We really wanted to make up for our result in the Champions League, but instead we let in four goals in front of our fans."
At Stade Velodrome, Hoarau put PSG ahead in the 10th with a towering header from Rothen's corner. PSG looked in total control until a sloppy error gifted Marseille an equalizer.
Valbuena whipped in a cross from the left and PSG defender Gregory Bourillon headed the ball over his own goalkeeper and into the path of Niang, who headed into an empty net for his fourth league goal of the season.
Valbuena made it 2-1 when he struck from close range after goalkeeper Mickael Landreau spilled a shot from Bakary Kone.
Luyindula, who used to play for Marseille, equalized when he ran onto a pass from Stephane Sessegnon and clipped the ball over the arm of Mandanda.
Marseille almost took the lead again in the 70th when Cheyrou's fierce, dipping volley bounced down off the crossbar but failed to cross the line.
The Web site of sports daily L'Equipe reported that two PSG fans received minor injuries from fighting between rival supporters near a service station.
Also, Grenoble climbed into sixth place with a 2-0 win at Saint-Etienne, while Sochaux remains the only team without a victory after drawing 1-1 at Nancy.
Grenoble took the lead in the third minute when forward Daniel Moreira's shot deflected off defender Yohan Benalouane. Franck Dja Djedje headed in Grenoble's second goal from a corner in the 82nd.
At Nancy, midfielder Stephane Dalmat put Sochaux ahead in the 19th when he converted a pass from Marvin Martin's free kick. But Sochaux was denied its first win of the season when Marc-Antoine Fortune equalized with a header in the 75th.


Updated : 2021-05-10 04:38 GMT+08:00