Ligue 1: Three wins in a week for in-form PSG

February 17, 2007

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Three second-half goals gave improving Paris St Germain a 3-0 victory at AS Nancy on Saturday, their third win in a week.

Pauleta's weak 70th-minute penalty was saved by Damien Gregorini before the Portuguese player converted the rebound.

Pierre-Alain Frau made it 2-0 in the 86th minute and new recruit Marcelo Gallardo added a third goal for PSG, who followed up last week's 4-2 win over Monaco by defeating AEK Athens 2-0 in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday.

'There is still a long way to go but it's good to win,' striker Peguy Luyindula told reporters after the Parisians climbed to 15th in the table.

'If we carry on like this we will have a great second part of the season.'

Elsewhere, striker John Utaka scored twice to lead Stade Rennes to a 3-1 victory at St Etienne.

The Nigerian international opened the scoring from a 15th-minute free kick before St Etienne equalised through Batefimbi Gomis.

Rennes went back in front with a volley from Utaka and Sylvain Marveaux's 62nd-minute goal ensured St Etienne's third consecutive home league defeat.

The visitors rose from 12th to eighth in the table, level with St Etienne on 36 points from 25 games.

Leaders Olympique Lyon, who won 2-1 at Lille on Friday, have 57 points. Second-placed Racing Lens, away to Monaco on Sunday, have 43 while Lille are third on 39.

Sochaux jumped to fourth with a 2-0 home win over Le Mans, Alvaro Santos scoring from the penalty spot before Hassan Yebda put through his own net 11 minutes from time.

Toulouse are fifth after a 1-0 victory at Lorient.