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LFP: Paris Saint-Germain down Caen 2-0 and move into third spot

AFP , PARIS

Toulouse’s Daniel Braaten, left, jumps to control the ball against Rennes during their French Ligue 1 match in Rennes, France, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AFP

Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 home victory over Caen at the Parc des Princes on Saturday shot them up to third spot in the French league, days before their club president departs.

Guillaume Hoarau and Peguy Luyindula scored in the second half for a symbolic victory for PSG in the interim period between the announcement of the resignation of Charles Villeneuve and the General Assembly tomorrow when his successor, expected to be Sebastien Bazin, will be officially nominated.

PSG coach Puel Le Guen said about the off-pitch matters: “Things need to be cleared up and they will be. We have tried hard to protect the squad and a real group effort has managed to do that. We have just tried to focus on a our footballing goals.”

EXTENDED CONTRACT

Luyindula is anxious to extend his contract, which runs for the next 18 months, and his goal against Caen will not have done him any harm on that score. PSG thereby leapfrogged Marseille, Rennes and Toulouse into third spot from sixth, though that situation could change when Marseille travel to Sochaux.

Both Rennes and Toulouse could have taken third with a win in Saturday’s late match, but it ended 0-0, leaving them fifth and sixth respectively.

RIDING HIGH

PSG’s new man at the helm arrives with the team riding high in four competitions. They beat Ajaccio in the last 32 of the French Cup last weekend, meet Bordeaux in the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday and continue their UEFA Cup run in early March.

Once more, 24-year-old Hoarau got on the score sheet, firing home his 13th goal of the season in the 48th minute, before Luyindula doubled their score in the 58th minute.

OTHER MATCHES

Other matches saw Monaco beat Grenoble and Valenciennes beat Nice, both by 1-0, Nantes won 2-0 at Le Mans, Nancy had a 3-2 away victory against Le Havre and Auxerre and Lorient played out a goalless draw.

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