PSG talisman Nene continues to shine, winning three points for his team on Saturday against VA...
With little over five minutes of the match remaining, the game stood at 1-1, but Nene scored a curling, dipping shot from an unlikely position towards the corner of the box to give les Parisiens all three points.
The Brazilian broke the deadlock in this game only minutes after the second half began. A smooth move through the heart of the VA team was not arrested by Remy Gomis’ poor attempt at an interception, allowing Guillaume Hoarau to flick a pass to the former Monaco man, who shot home.
Valenciennes rarely looked like drawing level but Aboubakar would seemingly save them, chesting a cross down in the box before pivoting to strike a swerving shot into the net with only eight minutes remaining.
The first period was entertaining enough, with PSG playing some silky attacking football, but both teams were really lacking punch in the opponents’ box. There was no lack of effort and there were plenty of attempts, but only rarely was either goalkeeper serious troubled.
Les Parisiens were on the front foot for the most part but only seriously stretched Nicolas Penneteau when Mathieu Bodmer’s shot required a punch clear from the top corner. The home custodian would also have an uneasy moment when Nene’s effort from range took a deflection and had him worried for a period.
Many of the guests’ best efforts were off-target, however. Jeremy Clement had the pick of these, volleying a cross from Ceara narrowly over the top with Penneteau starting.
VA were by no means completely impotent and offered a moderate threat of their own, though again this tended to come from range. Carlos Sanchez was their most dangerous player, but Apoula Edel largely dealt comfortably with his efforts.
The hosts were quickly behind in the second period, but they offered little serious resistance after Gregory Pujol’s header from a Rudy Mater free kick was spooned away from danger by Apoula Edel. Mevlut Erding, returning from injury, was denied by Penneteau, who also made an exceptional block to prevent Stephane Sessegnon doubling the hosts’ lead.
With the match standing at 1-1, Erding hit the post, but Nene came up with the goods to provide them three points.