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Timely Hoarau puts PSG in charge

Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.29CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Guillaume Hoarau may have come off the pitch feeling "annoyed" but his two headers in the closing minutes earned PSG a significant advantage.
Timely Hoarau puts PSG in charge
Guillaume Hoarau vies with Wolfsburg's Jan Šimůnek ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PSGWolfsburg

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners3
 
2
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
8
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.29CET

Timely Hoarau puts PSG in charge

Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Guillaume Hoarau may have come off the pitch feeling "annoyed" but his two headers in the closing minutes earned PSG a significant advantage.

Two goals in the last ten minutes from Guillaume Hoarau earned Paris Saint-Germain FC a significant 2-0 advantage to take into the second leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie with VfL Wolfsburg.

Hoarau threat
The 1.92m-tall striker made his aerial prowess pay in the closing stages, breaking the deadlock with a header on 80 minutes and doubling the lead when he rose highest again soon after. That Hoarau came off the pitch complaining that he was "annoyed, because while I scored two I missed a lot" speaks volumes of a game the home side dominated at Parc des Princes; Wolfsburg have it all to do in Germany next Thursday.

Sarkozy support
Felix Magath's men can take heart from their first-half performance, however, as Sascha Riether, Josué and Sebastian Schindzielorz all had chances during a lively spell midway through the period. By then PSG, with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in the stands, had already sounded a warning of their own as Péguy Luyindula nodded Fabrice Pancrate's cross just wide. They should really have gone in for half-time ahead but Hoarau and Pancrate failed to convert presentable openings.

Missed chances
The lively Clément Chantôme tested goalkeeper Diego Benaglio after the restart as PSG picked up where they left off, pinning Wolfsburg inside their own half, even if the Bundesliga team remained a danger on the break. The match hung in the balance until ten minutes from time when Jérôme Rothen floated a pinpoint cross for Hoarau to guide in. The 24-year-old quickly doubled the advantage when he met Chantôme's corner with a powerful header and could have had a hat-trick but his shot came back off the upright. "It could have been three or four-nil," he lamented. Two-nil may be enough.

Last updated: 19/02/09 1.03CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

30
ApoulaÉdel Apoula (GK)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
22
ArmandSylvain Armand (C)
6
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
3
SakhoMamadou Sakho
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
15
CamaraZoumana Camara
7
JosuéJosué (C)
Yellow Card80
13
TraoréSammy Traoré
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
25
RothenJérôme Rothen
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
Substitution79
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
20
RietherSascha Riether
Substitution87
24
MakondaTripy Makonda
Substitution64
32
SchindzielorzSebastian Schindzielorz
12
PancrateFabrice Pancrate
Substitution82
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
9
HoarauGuillaume Hoarau
Goal80
Goal83
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
8
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Substitution71
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
Substitution62

Substitutes

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
7
GiulyLudovic Giuly
3
Rodrigo AlvimRodrigo Alvim
10
SessegnonStéphane Sessegnon
Substitution64
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Substitution79
17
MabialaLarrys Mabiala
Substitution82
8
OkuboYoshito Okubo
Substitution62
36
PartoucheMaxime Partouche
Substitution71
11
CaiubyCaiuby
Substitution87
19
CharbonnierGaëtan Charbonnier
37
KarimovSergei Karimov

Coach

Paul Le Guen (FRA) Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Odd-Jarle Larsen (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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