PSG beat Caen to keep lead in French League


PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat 10-man Caen 4-2 Saturday to keep a three-point lead over Montpellier in the French league. Defender Thomas Heurtaux headed in a corner in the 12th minute to give Caen the lead, but PSG midfielder Nene leveled in the 20th by converting a penalty after Benjamin Nivet had fouled him and was sent off. PSG striker Kevin Gameiro cut the ball back for Jeremy Menez who tucked home for a 2-1 lead in the 55th. Nene made it 3-1 with another penalty in the 76th following a foul by Nicolas Seube on Gameiro. Jerry Vandam cut PSG’s lead to 3-2 by heading in a corner in the 82nd before Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore sealed the win with a diagonal shot in the 88th. “The most important thing tonight was to earn a sixth straight win (in the league) and keep the lead with a three-point margin,” Nene told the club’s website. “After a disappointing first half, we managed to stay focused and finish strong.” Montpellier kept pace with the leader by beating Nancy 2-0 with second-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Souleymane Camara. Also Saturday, it was: Lyon 2, Saint-Etienne 0; Brest 3, Lorient 1; Evian 3, Auxerre 1; Dijon 2, Marseille 3; Ajaccio 0, Bordeaux 2. In Montpellier, Giroud notched his eighth goal this season from a tight angle to put the hosts ahead in the 61st and tie Gameiro as the top scorer in the league. Camara converted a cross from Benjamin Stambouli to add a second goal in the 74th. It was a heated Rhone derby in Lyon where the hosts were down to 10 men when fullback Mouhamadou Dabo, who replaced Aly Cissokho at halftime, was red-carded in the 52nd for a violent tackle on Romania midfielder Banel Nicolita. But Lyon winger Jimmy Briand scored in the 81st with a header after the Saint-Etienne defense failed to clear a corner. Playmaker Yoann Gourcuff put the game out of reach with a chip in the first minute of stoppage time. “The red card was maybe logical but we remained united,” Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. “We gave our everything and managed to open the scoring on a set piece. That was perfect.”