You could arrive late, this Saturday afternoon, at the Charléty stadium to attend the top-ranking match between Paris FC (2nd) and Sochaux (4th). Did the two teams fear each other so much to offer such a closed and rather tasteless start to the meeting? It was sad and not really exciting.
But, even deprived of many usual holders (Aaneba, Virginius, Provost) and starting with a remodeled team (Pogba and Thioune on the bench), the Sochaliens were the most active. Almost dominating. And it was not a scandal to see them open the scoring on the head of Tony Mauricio, who came to cut the trajectory of the ball on the center of Adallah Ndour (0-1, 33rd).
Thierry Laurey, who had decided to position Moustapha Name behind the striker, Khalid Boutaïb, had to raise his voice at the break since his players returned to the lawn a little more incisive, like this strike from Lamine Gueye (54th). But the Parisians were not having a great day, still not obtaining clear chances while multiplying technical errors. The point of salvation? A set piece and a bit of luck.
A series of 14 games without defeat for the PFC
On a corner from Name, the ball hit the head of Aldo Kalulu, who became an ist for Boutaïb (1-1, 70th). From that moment, Paris FC was transformed and the meeting changed. First on this p from Hanin which allowed Morgan Guilavogui to score his 11th goal of the season (2-1, 73rd). Less than five minutes later, Gueye unleashed a dazzling acceleration on the ball that nailed the Sochaux defense to the spot. The striker on loan from Metz this winter was going to deceive Mehdi Jeannin, triggering an explosion of joy on the Parisian bench (3-1, 76th).
A first save from Vincent Demarconnay (84th), on a strike from Florentin Pogba, and a second at point-blank range in front of Mauricio (90th), kept the Sochalians at a distance, a little groggy by the turn of events.
After Auxerre and AC Ajaccio, the PFC won in 2022 against another direct competitor for the climb, chaining a 14th meeting without defeat. The Parisian club returns to the height of Toulouse (which moves to Grenoble, Monday, 8:45 p.m.), with 51 points, pushes Sochaux (4th) to 7 units and puts pressure on AC Ajaccio (3rd), which receives Rodez this Saturday evening (7 p.m.).