PSG smash six past Sochaux
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Nene scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain went on the rampage against Sochaux to close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier to two points with a 6-1 victory.

Javier Pastore set the capital club on their way in the fourth minute and although Modibo Maiga levelled eight minutes later, it was one-way traffic thereon in.

Thiago Motta, Jeremy Menez and two from Nene made it five before Sylvain Armand rounded things off in stoppage time as PSG moved in on Montpellier, whose goal difference is now just one better. Sochaux are left second from bottom, although they are just a point from safety.

We looked after the ball very well and we created lots of chances.
Carlo Ancelotti, Paris Saint-Germain coach

"We completely changed our attitude, and this was the right one," said PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti, who had criticised his players after their 1-1 draw at Auxerre.

"We looked after the ball very well and we created lots of chances. The next match might be the key to the season. It'll be a very important week for the top three teams. Perhaps even the most important week of the season." 

PSG dominated from the outset. Pastore combined with Nene before dribbling past Sebastien Corchia and firing a left-footed shot beyond Teddy Richert. However, Sochaux were soon back in it when Maiga beat everyone to a high ball and headed home.

Goals galore for PSG
The same player then hit the post with Salvatore Sirigu beaten, but minutes later Motta gave the hosts the lead with a diving header into the goal from Nene's free-kick. The visitors still threatened and Sirigu was forced to stretch to save Ryad Boudebouz's shot.

However, PSG extended their lead just before half-time when Siaka Tiene crossed for Menez to head home. It was all over for Sochaux when Nene scored twice in six minutes after the break.

Christophe Jallet crossed for Nene to volley past Richert at the far post and the same players combined again, the former releasing the Brazilian inside the area to dribble past Richert and slot the ball into an empty goal.

Richert blocked Menez's fierce shot and then pulled off a stunning save from Jallet's volley but Armand got in on the act in stoppage time, shooting home Pastore's ball.