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PSG back on top after hammering Ajaccio


By Reuters
Last update The 04/03/2012 at 23:17 -
By Reuters - The 04/03/2012 at 23:17
Paris St Germain regained top spot in Ligue 1 when they claimed a comprehensive 4-1 home win against AC Ajaccio.

PSG, who had drawn their last three league games, now have 55 points from 26 games and lead Montpellier by one point after the southerners only managed a 1-1 draw at Dijon on Saturday.

Champions Lille are eight points off the pace following their 2-2 home draw with AJ Auxerre, also on Saturday.

"When we are motivated like tonight or last weekend, we can definitely score goals," striker Guillaume Hoarau, who netted a double last Sunday when PSG snatched a 4-4 draw at Olympique Lyon, told Foot Plus TV.

"We wanted three points, we have them so we're happy. We wanted to regain our lead."

Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore, who joined from Palermo for a French record fee of 42 million euros ($55.5 million) in August, put the hosts in front when he fired past Guillermo Ochoa after a fine one-two with Blaise Matuidi on 27 minutes.

France midfielder Jeremy Menez doubled the tally two minutes later, curling a superb shot into the top corner.

Yohann Poulard pulled one back for the visitors, netting from close range three minutes before the break.

PSG, who are hoping to win their first French league title since 1994, wrapped up victory with four minutes left when Hoarau found the back of the net with a delicate chip.

Nene added to Ajaccio's relegation worries three minutes into stoppage time with a fourth.

Rennes climbed to fourth spot with 43 points, four behind Lille, when they won 2-0 at neighbours Lorient.

Jonathan Pitroipa gave Rennes the lead when he converted a quick counter-attack four minutes before the break. The Burkina Faso winger then set up Youssouf Hadji, who netted a fine shot from outside the box to secure the win on 79 minutes.

Caen drew 0-0 with Stade Brest in Sunday's other game.

 

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