High drama as PSG go through
Paris Saint-Germain are through to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup after a dramatic 4-0 defeat of Twente Enschede at the Parc des Princes on Thursday. Two late goals from Mateja Kezman and Peguy Luyindula saw PSG clinch third spot in Group A ahead of Racing Santander on goal difference.
Though it was to end well for the club from the capital, the city of Paris itself was left with a bitter aftertaste following trouble between rival sets of fans in the city centre in the hours leading up to kick-off.
Paul Le Guen's side, however, did not let the off-the-pitch incidents distract them from the task in hand, though they knew victory would have to be married to a favourable result in Spain if they were to progress.
Luyindula's eighth-minute opener was soon followed by Stéphane Sessegnon's low drive to give PSG a two-nil lead, though with Santander also beating Manchester City by the same scoreline, it was the Spanish side in pole position.
A place in Friday's draw for the Round of 32 at UEFA HQ looked even more secure for Santander as they went three goals up before a dramatic twist in the tail tipped the scales in PSG's favour.
Kezman, who had seen Twente keeper Sander Boschker save a 61st-minute penalty, poached a third with six minutes remaining to leave PSG requiring another goal to go through.
Luyindula provided it two minutes later as Ludovic Giuly's astute ball sent him bearing down on Boschker, and the former Lyon and Marseille striker found the finish to send his side through on goals scored, before Manchester City's late consolation in Spain means Santander miss out on goal difference.