After Traoré on Saturday against Porto, it was the turn of Hoarau to be PSG’s hero, liberating the Parc des Princes at the end of stoppage time. The equaliser scored by the player form the Reunion Island did not, however, give the Parisians first place in the Tournoi de Paris, the Girondins de Bordeaux winning on goal difference.
Claudio Ranieri’s men were the first to really get going, through Vucinic (8’, 9’), Totti (19’, 37’) Menez (21’) and Riise (45’). PSG responded to the Roman assaults and created their own chances, but Nenê (14’), Giuly (18’), Hoarau (34’, 45’+1) all lacked a little luck.
The Parisians would be taken by surprise at the start of the second half. Riise broke down the left flank and found Greco at the near post who fired past Coupet (0-1, 46’). The Romans then had a number of chances to strengthen their lead, but the final minutes of the encounter would belong to Paris. Giuly (89’) and Maurice (90’+1) thought they had brought Paris back into the match, but it was the latter who would change the game. The PSG striker waltzed past two defenders on the right flank and crossed in a ball which Hoarau catapulted with his head into the back of the net (1-1, 90’+4)!
If Antoine Kombouaré’s men left the title to Bordeaux, they can take consolation from the fact they finished off their pre-season run of friendlies without having lost a single game. Now comes the real competition and a home game against Saint-Etienne next Saturday, for the first match of the 2010-2011 Ligue 1 season.