Mon, Apr 02, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Nancy strike late to dent PSG title hopes

AFP, PARIS

Yohan Mollo scored an 89th--minute goal to give AS Nancy-Lorraine a 2-1 win over title-chasing Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and condemn Carlo Ancelotti to his first Ligue 1 defeat as PSG coach.

After Mohamed Sissoko had canceled out Bakaye Traore’s opener for the hosts, Mollo struck at the death to extend PSG’s winless run to four games in all competitions and leave them behind Montpellier Herault on goal--difference at the summit.

Montpellier are not in action this weekend, as their trip to Olympique de Marseille has been pushed back to April 11 to allow Marseille to focus on the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Bayern Munich tomorrow.

The win lifted Nancy three places to 11th and means they have now beaten Olympique Lyonnais, Montpellier and PSG in the space of a month.

Following successive draws against Stade Malherbe Caen and Girondins de Bordeaux, as well as a French Cup loss to Lyon, Ancelotti made several changes, with captain Mamadou Sakho and top scorer Nene relegated to the bench.

However, there was no immediate change to PSG’s fortunes as Traore gave Nancy an 18th-minute lead.

The visitors drew level in the 50th minute when stand-in skipper Sissoko met Sylvain Armand’s left-wing cross with a downward header.

PSG were transformed, with Guillaume Hoarau heading wide from Christophe Jallet’s center and then drawing a fine reflex stop from Guy N’Dy Assembe following another excellent cross from Jallet.

N’Dy Assembe had to save from Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi as the visitors pressed, but it was Nancy who claimed the three points when Mollo found the -bottom-right corner with a low shot that narrowly eluded Sirigu’s dive.

Earlier in the day, an 89th--minute strike by fullback Francois Clerc allowed OGC Nice to snatch a 3-2 win at AS Saint-Etienne that prevented the home side from making ground on their rivals for European qualification.

The defeat left Christophe Galtier’s side three points behind fifth-placed Lyon in sixth place, while Nice climbed to 15th, a point above the relegation zone.

Bordeaux are four points behind Saint-Etienne in eighth after substitute Thomas Guerbert scored in stoppage-time — barely a minute after coming on — to earn Dijon FCO a 1-1 draw at the Stade Chaban Delmas.

Bottom club AJ Auxerre beat Valenciennes 2-0 to end a 12-game winless run and give Jean-Guy Wallemme his first victory since he replaced Laurent Fournier as coach.

Sochaux-Montbeliard pushed Stade Brestois 29 into trouble with a 2-1 home win over the Brittany side that enabled Eric Hely’s team to climb to 18th and draw level on points with their opponents.

In the day’s other game, Evian Thonon Gaillard tightened their grip on 10th place by winning 1-0 at Lorient.

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