Monday, 3 October 2011

PSG 2-0 Lyon: Pastore bosses OL

Highlights: PSG go 3 points clear at top of Ligue 1 thanks to 2-0 win over Lyon

As temperatures soared across Europe, PSG turned up the heat on the other title contenders with a 2-0 victory over Lyon in last night’s big match.

“Last Sunday it was asked: who is the boss? This Sunday evening, the boss is Paris,” declared L’Equipe as goals from Javier Pastore (standard) and Christophe Jallet (er, not standard) put the Parisiens three points clear at the top. Hopefully we're more Bruce Springsteen than David Brent.

Pastore’s goal was a fine finish, but one which owed much to Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris leaving a helpful gap at his near post for El Flaco exploit. And after Bafé Gomis had missed the kind of chance he’d usually put away in his sleep, Jallet popped up at the far post in the second period to convert Nene’s floated free kick. Scorchio.

It was Pastore’s fifth goal of an increasingly productive season, but speaking afterwards keeper Salvatore Sirigu insisted that we’re most definitely not a one-man team.

“PSG isn't just about Pastore, that would be unfair,” said Sirigu. “Javier put the effort in just as everybody else did. He's a top player, but he is surrounded by quality players. When everybody's at 100 per cent then things will become easier for PSG.”

Much as I hope this is true, the evidence so far indicates the contrary. The team were pretty dire at the start of the season before Pastore got involved, and he was decidedly off-colour on Thursday when we lost 2-0 in Bilbao.

On the other hand, the team does seem to be slowly gelling, and it will be interesting to see whether they can cope if the Argentinean is sidelined for any significant length of time.

For now the Ligue 1 season takes a break as yet another round of international fixtures kick in. Fingers crossed the players make it back from far-flung destinations across the world in one piece.


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