Football: PSG slump closer to relegation
Paris Saint Germain slumped deeper into a French league survival dogfight on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at Nancy.
PARIS, April 7, 2008 - Paris Saint Germain slumped deeper into a French league survival dogfight on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at Nancy.
The latest setback, coming just a week after Paul Le Guen's side enjoyed a
brief respite from their misery by lifting the League Cup, leaves them third
from bottom on 35 points with six matches left.
Nancy, who hadn't defeated PSG at home since 1986, stay third in the table,
six points behind Bordeaux and 12 off the lead held by six-time champions Lyon
as they boosted their hopes of European football next season.
Marc-Antoine Fortune grabbed the only goal of the game in the 67th minute
when he met David Sauget's cross at the far post with a powerful attempt which
Mickael Landreau got a hand to but could not keep out.
On Saturday, Bordeaux ended a controversial week on a high note when a 2-0
victory over Rennes kept them on course for Europe and reduced Lyon's lead to
Bordeaux, coached by former French international and Manchester United
defender Laurent Blanc, saw goals from Alou Diarra and Brazilian striker
Fernando give them a victory which took them to 61 points in second place.
Lyon face Marseille on Sunday where victory would restore their nine-point
lead with six games left.
Bordeaux entered the match under a cloud after midfielder Johan Micoud had
been accused of cheating by winning the controversial penalty which secured a
come-from-behind 2-1 win over Nancy last weekend.
Micoud, who was left out of the squad on Saturday because of the media
storm, has been summoned to face French league officials next week to explain
his part in the incident.
But on Saturday, Bordeaux concentrated on the job in hand by ending Rennes'
six-match unbeaten run.
"We have had a great season and we have second place to defend," said Blanc
who added he wasn't too concerned by somne lacklustre aspects of his team's
approach on Saturday.
"In this league you have to be solid. You can't always be brilliant."
Diarra opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Bordeaux when he fired
the ball past goalkeeper Patrice Luzi after Rennes had failed to clear a
Rennes introduced veteran striker Sylvan Wiltord late in the second half as
they tried to keep their hopes of UEFA Cup football next season alive but it
was Bordeaux who found the killer touch with Fernando heading the winner eight
minutes from time.
At the other end of the table, a last-minute goal from Miralem Pjanic
postponed Metz's inevitable relegation for another week at least in a 1-1 draw
at fellow strugglers Lens.
Metz's fate would have been sealed had they lost but Pjanic popped up just
in time to equalise Olivier Monterrubio's 33rd-minute opener for Lens.
Monaco took a step closer to safety with a 2-0 victory at second-from
bottom Strasbourg with Nene and Fabio Santos scoring second-half goals while
Toulouse stepped out of the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw at home to Lorient.