PSG claimed the Derby de France with a fine win over les Phoceens...
A whirlwind opening and a stoical second half display from Paris Saint-Germain allowed Antoine Kombouare’s unit to overcome fierce rivals and Ligue 1 champions Olympique de Marseille.
Les Parisiens exploded into action in front of their home support, though it was a bad error from visiting goalkeeper Steve Mandanda that presented Mevlut Erding with a simple chance to open the scoring. Taye Taiwo’s poor pass initially put les Phoceens in danger, but Nene’s low drive shouldn’t have been spilled by the custodian in such a manner to allow the Turk to pounce from point-blank range.
The noise around the Parc des Princes grew when the hosts scored a rather more artful goal before 20 minutes had been played. Nene again was a chief protagonist, lobbing a fantastically deft pass over the OM defence towards Guillaume Hoarau, who prodded the ball between Mandanda’s legs.
Marseille were threatening to be overrun, but Lucho Gonzalez would breathe new life into the game when he also benefitted from some rather benevolent goalkeeping. An astute feed from the Argentine released Andre-Pierre Gignac, who got the better of Sylvain Armand to reach the byline. The striker’s cross didn’t appear to be heading towards an OM boot, though Apoula Edel at the near post, in trying to avert the danger, succeeded only is steering the ball in the direction of Lucho, who had no problems striking.
It was a breathless first period in which both sides had ample opportunity to add to their tallies, though it was PSG who looked the more dangerous outfit in the early stages of the game. In just the second minute Ludovic Giuly’s skimming drive forced Mandanda to spoon the ball away, but at the other end of the field Gignac was a menace, drawing a crucial save from Apoula in first half stoppage time.
Five minutes after the interval, a slip from Sakho allowed Remy in, but the in-form striker cracked his first time shot over the top as OM dominated this phase of play.
The crowd, made up entirely of PSG supporters, were braced for another hectic period, but if the early stages of the second half were a worry for Kombouare’s men, they would quickly steel themselves and form a defensive web that Marseille were unable to untangle.
Apoula was surprisingly largely untested in the closing stages, aside one late block from Andre Ayew, while PSG threatened on the counter. Ultimately the hosts didn’t need any further contributions to claim a victory that leaves the Ligue 1 table especially congested, with the top eight, including both les Parisiens and OM, separated by only three points.