Wednesday, May 19, 2010
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP)Clement Chantone scored and Paris Saint-Germain beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 in an international exhibition Tuesday night.
The match was the first in the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup, which concludes Saturday.
Chantone, who had only two goals in 24 regular season French First Division matches, headed a cross from midfielder Ludovic Giuly into the net in the 14th minute of an otherwise sluggish first half.
Chicagos best opportunity to score came with five minutes remaining. Stefan Dimitrov floated a right-footer shot over the crossbar and off the top of the net.
The Fire, playing most of its regular lineup, didnt get a shot on goal until the 48th minute, when Collins Johns header was kicked off the goal line by goalkeeper Edel Apoula.
Both Chicago and Paris, this years French Cup winner, took six shots overall.
We need to attack more, like way we finished tonight, Chicago coach Carlos de los Cobos said. The second half, we played better.
Melvut Erding, Paris Saint-Germains leading scorer in the regular season, didnt make the trip for the series.
In the second match of the doubleheader, Milos Trifunovics header in the second half gave Red Star Belgrade a 1-0 victory over Legia Warsaw.
Trifunovics goal came with just under 16 minutes left in regulation time. It was set up by Nemanja Nikolics deft pass.
Belgrade plays Paris Saint-Germain in Saturdays championship match. The Chicago Fire and Warsaw meet in the consolation match.
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