PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's expensive stars again failed to deliver the flair to match the club's huge financial outlay, so it was left to 18-year-old homegrown player Adrien Rabiot to break newly-promoted Guingamp's resistance in the French league on Saturday.
PSG scraped a 2-0 home win after netting twice in injury time as Rabiot came off the bench to grab his first goal for the club, and then Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his scoring drought moments later with his first goal of a frustrating season.
"It was a laborious first half, we were asleep," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "It should be pointed out that the players didn't give up, even with a few minutes left."
It was PSG's second straight win after last weekend's equally difficult 2-1 win at Nantes, another promoted club, and underlined how Blanc's team has yet to play with fluidity and teamwork despite having unlimited funds to recruit top talents.
"We would like to be more calm and sure of ourselves, but that's not the case," he said.
Leader Marseille, which has won all three games, can restore its four-point lead over PSG if it beats visiting Monaco on Sunday night.
PSG needed a handling error from visiting goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa to break the deadlock in the first minute of injury time, when Rabiot kneed the ball over the line after Samassa palmed a shot into his path.
"It's my first goal for PSG," Rabiot said. "I'm happy the coach gave me my chance."
Two minutes later, Ibrahimovic ran onto a long pass, muscled defender Jeremy Sorbon off the ball and slotted it past Samassa for his first goal in five games this season.
The win moved PSG provisionally up to second place with eight points.
Earlier, seventh-placed Lyon's losing streak increased to four matches after being defeated 2-1 at Evian.
Striker Edinson Cavani and center half Thiago Silva both hit the crossbar with headers from corners in the first half. Ibrahimovic had almost scored in the fourth minute with a curling free kick that hit the post, and winger Ezequiel Lavezzi missed an open goal as the rebound landed at his feet.
Despite fielding three players each costing more than 40 million euros ($52.5 million), PSG failed to show any attacking flair for most of a drab first half.
Rabiot pounced when Samassa tried to pat the ball down after saving a header from a corner, rather than just pushing it wide, and it slipped out of his grasp.
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