PSG and Rennes go through, Sochaux crash out
Rennes were rampant as they won through to the Europa League group stage witha 4-0 hiding of Red Star; PSG cruised past Differdange 2-0; Sochaux completely missed the boat as they went down - and out - with a 4-0 home loss to Kharkiv.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
UEFA Europa League Play-offs, 2nd leg
Paris Saint-Germain 2 - 0 Differdange (1st leg 4 - 0)
Paris Saint-Germain never looked in danger of squandering their 4-0 first-leg lead as they claimed a 2-0 win over Differdange to take the tie 6-0 on aggregate. However, it did take Antoine Kombouaré's start-studded side more than an hour to break down the Luxembourg side, but Nene's spectacular strike from distance (65') was perhaps worth the wait.
Javier Pastore linked up well with his new teammates, Nene and the excellent Jérémy Ménez in particular, and it was the latter who produced a typically incisive run and shot from the right to force an own-goal Yannick Afoun (79').
Nicolas Douchez made his first start but was rarely called on as Kombouaré's new-look central defensive pairing of Milan BIsevac and Zoumana Camara held firm at the back to help seal the convincing win and take PSG into the group stage.
Rennes 4 - 0 Red Star Belgrade (1st leg 2 - 1)
Rennes marched into the Europa League group stage with a 6-2 aggregate win over Red Star Belgrade following a comprehensive 4-0 triumph in Thursday night's second leg.
The size of their victory matched the size of the lesson they were taught in the league by Montpellier on Sunday, Antonetti's men turning in a faultless performance as Victor-Hugo Montaño (10'), Yann M'Vila (18', pen), Vincent Pajot (85') and Jirès Kembo-Ekoko (90') stunned the 1,000-odd Red Star fans who had made the trip to Brittany.
Sochaux 0 - 4 Metalist Kharkiv (1st leg 0 - 0)
Sochaux's European dream is over, Les Lionceaux crashing out of the competition after copping a 4-0 hiding at the hands of Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv.
Following the 0-0 draw in the first leg, Sochaux were looking to make the most of the home-ground advantage in the second, but instead were down 3-0 at half time after strikes from Argentine duo José Sosa (6') and Jonathan Cristaldo (9', 40') had put them on the back foot.
Little changed in the second half except for Metalist's adding another goal - through Taison (51') - to round out the scoring and wrap up their place in the Europa League groups stage at the expense of their outplayed opponents Sochaux.