PSG labors to 1-0 win against battling Reims

Associated Press Modified: October 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm •  Published: October 20, 2012
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PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain again left its fans feeling disappointed after scraping a 1-0 home win against Reims on Saturday, despite provisionally moving to the top of the French league for the first time this season and remaining unbeaten.

Just like in the last home match, when he scored both goals in a lackluster performance against Sochaux, Kevin Gameiro again proved to be PSG's match-winner when he headed home in the second half.

"It was a difficult match, with players coming back from the international break, so we couldn't prepare the match properly," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "The second half was better, and we deserved to win. It's good to be top of the league, even if it's only for one night."

But Reims had the better chances in the first half and missed the chance to take the lead in the 40th minute when Brazilian midfielder Diego missed a penalty.

"It is a little bit (frustrating) because I don't think we played very well tonight, particularly in the first half when Reims caused us a lot of trouble," PSG defender Christophe Jallet said. "At the end of the second half we should have killed the game off. We can't (miss) so many chances. I think that's why there was a bit of tension, because we were on the razor's edge."

PSG is level with Marseille, but Marseille can restore its three-point lead if it wins away at last-place Troyes on Sunday.

Toulouse climbed temporarily into third place after a crushing 4-0 win away over Evian.

Goals from midfielder Franck Tabanou and Emmanuel Riviere put Toulouse 2-0 up at halftime. Riviere got another just after the break and Norway midfielder Daniel Braaten wrapped up a convincing victory with the fourth in the 87th.

Valenciennes is a point behind Toulouse in fourth spot after an even bigger win, routing previously unbeaten Lorient 6-1 at home.

Benjamin Corgnet gave Lorient the lead in the seventh minute but Valenciennes hit back quickly with goals from Carlos Sanchez and Anthony Le Tallec, and things became worse for Lorient when defender Arnaud Le Lan was sent off in the 17th.

Lorient finished the match with nine players after Swiss striker Innocent Emeghara was sent off in the 75th.

Lyon can leapfrog both teams and reclaim third place if it beats Brest at home on Sunday.

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