PSG and Le Guen enjoy happy return to Athens

15th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

ATHENS, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - French giants Paris Saint Germain's resurgence under Paul Le Guen continued on Wednesday as they beat AEK Athens 2-0 here in the first leg of their round of last 32 UEFA Cup match 10 years after their coach won 3-0 as a PSG player against the same opposition in the Cup Winners Cup.

ATHENS, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - French giants Paris Saint Germain's resurgence under Paul Le Guen continued on Wednesday as they beat AEK Athens 2-0 here in the first leg of their round of last 32 UEFA Cup match 10 years after their coach won 3-0 as a PSG player against the same opposition in the Cup Winners Cup.

Goals by previously out of favour Malian international Sammy Traore and a late one from Bernard Mendy gave PSG a great opportunity of progressing to the last 16 in a competition that Le Guen - who last year was linked with a move to become Olympiakos coach - said came behind ensuring their survival in the championship.

Le Guen, who enjoyed great success as coach at Lyon before a short inauspicious one at Rangers, said he was satisfied with the result.

"We stepped up to the plate against a very good team, who had beaten AC Milan and Lille here in the Champions League this season," he said.

"We performed the task with great courage and I think we are the better team but we still have work to do."

PSG took the lead against the run of play with virtually their only chance of the first-half as Traore rose above the AEK defence to head home David Hellebuyck's corner on the stroke of half-time.

Indeed the visitors had been fortunate not to be behind seven minutes earlier as Julio Cesar's thundering effort beat Mickael Landreau but cannoned off the crossbar.

PSG brought down the drawbridge in the second-half and the hosts found it increasingly frustrating to open them up and create chances.

Instead they had to wait till the 81st minute to force Landreau into a save as Ivory Coast international Panagiotis Kone struck only for the former Nantes favourite to ounch it to safety.

That was to prove the high point for the hosts as PSG ensured they took an invaluable two goal advantage back to Paris next week as Mendy scored four minutes from the end with a superb individual effort as he broke in from the right and unleashed an unstoppable shot with his left foot.

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