Hoarau brace sends PSG fifth

PARIS - A Guillaume Hoarau double earned Paris St Germain a 3-1 home victory against Le Mans to move his side to fifth in Ligue 1 on Sunday. Hoarau, who helped Le Havre win promotion from Ligue 2 last season, moved to top of the league scorers standings with his ninth and 10th goals of the season. The 24-year-old striker put PSG in front when he collected a defence-splitting pass from Benin midfelder Stephane Sessegnon and beat Yohann Pele from close range in the 23rd minute. Le Mans responded eight minutes later with defender Gregory Cerdan heading home from a Mathieu Coutadeur free kick, only for Hoarau to make it 2-1 after being set up by Ludovic Giuly. Sessegnon, who proved brilliant throughout, set up substitute Peguy Luyindula in the 87th minute to put the result beyond doubt. PSG, who avoided relegation in the last round of matches last season, are on 29 points from 17 matches, five behind leaders Olympique Lyon, who slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Nantes on Saturday. Earlier, lowly Sochaux drew 1-1 at Monaco to leave them four points from safety on 12 points. Grenoble and AJ Auxerre were content with a 0-0 draw as both teams stayed in the middle of the table. A late Kevin Gameiro goal gave Lorient a 1-0 win over strugglers Nancy.