Les Parisiens will have been delighted to maintain their excellent run, and they will have been delighted to see the Turkish ace get back on the scoresheet...
With 11 minutes on the clock, les Parisiens opened the scoring through the unlikely source of Mamadou Sakho. Le Tefece had several opportunities to clear a routine free kick into the box but failed, allowing the ball to drop to the feet of the centre-back, whose shot wasn’t particularly well hit but still picked out the bottom corner of the net.
PSG faded from the game a little before the break but came roaring back just before the hour mark when Mevlut Erding ended his goal drought with a sweet left-footed finish from just inside the box following a clever Nene backheel and a deft first-time pass from Ludovic Giuly.
The guests started the match confidently but would allowed their hosts to get into the game somewhat before the break, though le Tefece’s only shot in the first period arrived from Moussa Sissoko with five minutes gone. The midfielder struck his effort from 25 yards well, but Apoula Edel was unmoved in the visiting net.
Edel, who hadn’t conceded a goal in six games coming into the fixture, also had to be quickly from his line to scoop up a pass intended for Sissoko but he wouldn’t be called into serious action until after the break, when Daniel Braaten’s skill on the right carried him away from two defenders. The Norwegian couldn’t beat the Armenian from the edge of the box.
It was Mathieu Valverde in the home goal who was greater stretched, particularly after PSG had gone two-up. Twice the custodian saved smartly from powerful Giuly efforts that were angling towards the near post, keeping his side alive in a game they could easily have been well out of.
Le Tefece tried to shake things up by introducing Fode Mansare, and the Guinean nearly had an immediate impact but saw his volley turned round the post by Edel, though whether his effort was actually on target was certainly up for debate.
There could be little doubt that Paulo Machado's late free kick was arrowing towards the top corner, but Edel leapt across his goal superbly to turn the ball over the top to preserve his clean sheet.
PSG withdrew Nene and Erding in order to rest the duo for the intense schedule of matches that lie ahead, but despite this Peguy Luyindula should have added to their goal haul from close range in stoppage time.
Antoine Kombouare’s side may not have been spectacular, but they have picked up many good habits over the last couple of months and approach the forthcoming Europa League fixture with Borussia Dortmund in fine health.