PSG hold on after early comeback
Second-placed Paris St Germain kept up the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Lille with a come-from-behind 2-1 home victory over Sochaux this evening.
Modibo Maiga put the Montbeliard club ahead in the 14th minute but Mamadou Sakho hit back for PSG within three minutes and Ludovic Giuly bagged what proved the winner seven minutes later. The result kept the capital club just a point behind leaders Lille, who triumphed 2-0 at Nice.
"I want to congratulate the players," said PSG coach Antoine Kombouare. "They had a great match and at half-time we had Sochaux by the throat. We conceded a goal but then showed a lot of character to come back."
The game could hardly have got off to a worse start for PSG, with the visitors taking the lead from their first attack. Maiga headed Marvin Martin's corner into the bottom corner to silence the majority inside the Parc des Princes.
However, the equaliser did not take long to arrive as Sakho blasted home a volley after Zoumana Camara had headed down Nene's corner. And the game was soon turned completely on its head when Giuly met Sylvain Armand's left-wing cross and converted from close range.
PSG had a chance to extend their lead four minutes before the break when Mevlut Erdinc freed Nene, but Sochaux goalkeeper Pierrick Cros dived at full stretch to divert his curling, left-footed attempt away for a corner.
Sochaux were very much still in the game at only one goal down and created numerous chances to restore parity after the interval but to no avail.
First Brown Ideye turned sharply only to miss the top-left corner by inches, then Guillaume Hoarau cleared off the line to keep out Ryad Boudebouz's low, left-footed free-kick.
Then, with eight minutes to go, Ideye dribbled past three defenders and got his shot away from the edge of the area, only for PSG goalkeeper Apoula Edel to get down well to make a smart save.