PSG and Bordeaux through
In a remake of last season's final, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Lens 2-0 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday to qualify for the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they will meet Bordeaux, 2-1 winners over Châteauroux earlier in the evening.
Wednesday January 14 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / RC Lens : 2 - 0
Passions were running high as Lens made the trip to the French capital looking for revenge for their narrow defeat last March in the final of this same competition.
Les Sang et Or were supported by over 1,700 travelling supporters and the atmosphere at the Parc des Princes was worthy of the high stakes with both sides just two games from a return to the Stade de France.
It was the Ligue 1 high-flyers that made the brighter start, despite coach Paul Le Guen making a raft of changes from his regular starting XI.
Yet it was a Lens player that opened the scoring for Paris. Lunging to cut out Jérôme Rothen's 13th-minute corner, midfielder Sidi Keita could only turn the ball past his own 'keeper.
While there was little Serbian shot-stopper Vedran Runje could do to deny the Parisian's going ahead, his saves as well as some profligate finishing saw the score remain 1-0 at the break.
Indeed, the capital club seemed happy to see out the match before Peguy Luyindula broke down the right in stoppage time. The former Lyon and Marseille striker's cross was palmed out by Runje, but only as far as substitute midfielder Jérémy Clément who gratefully thumped the loose ball home from 15 metres out.
FC Girondins de Bordeaux / LB Châteauroux : 2 - 1
Earlier in the evening, Yoan Gouffran's first goal in a Bordeaux shirt set the 2007 League Cup winners in their way towards a semi-final berth.
Laurent Blanc made no-less than seven changes to the side which defeated PSG 4-0 in Ligue 1 last Sunday, and he was rewarded as early as the 25th minute when a long cross-field pass from left-back Diego Placente picked out Gouffran on the edge of the area. The former Caen striker, who joined Les Girondins last summer, out-paced the visiting defence to fire home the opening goal.
Defender Souleymane Diawara almost followed up his first goal of the season against PSG on Sunday with a second just after the half-hour mark, but the Senegal international's effort crashed down off the crossbar and away.
Bordeaux did make it 2-0, 11 minutes into the second-half when David Bellion pounced on a Geraldo Wendel shot for a simple tap-in.
Bordeaux appeared to be cruising but second division Châteauroux gave them a scare when Zambian Jacob Mulenga pulled a goal back for the visitors with ten minutes left to play. Mulenga even had a great chance to send the game into extra-time in the dying seconds, but fired into the side netting with only Mathieu Valverde to beat in the Bordeaux goal.