PSG book Monaco showdown
Paris Saint-Germain will face Monaco in the final of the French Cup after ending amateur side Quevilly's stunning campaign with a 1-0 victory in Caen on Wednesday night, top scorer Mevlut Erding scoring the only goal in the 51st minute of a lively cup encounter.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
French Cup semi-finals
Quevilly v Paris Saint-Germain: 0 - 1
Paris coach Antoine Kombouaré had said before the match that his side would be taking no chances against the amateurs from northern Normandy, and indeed PSG were all business as they looked to continue their resurgent form by booking a trip to the Stade de France.
The men from the capital imposed their physical and technical superiority on the match, going most of the way to containing Quevilly’s speedy forwards, but the Parisians, notably Mevlut Erding, were unable to finish their chances.
Erding strikes again
However, Erding made amends for his first-half profligacy by notching the only goal of the game just after the break. The Turkey international raced onto Ludovic Giuly’s neat flick-on to wrong-foot Hicham Rhoufir for his third goal in four French Cup matches this season.
While Paris continued to dictate terms in the second half, Quevilly managed to keep up the pressure and almost sent the match into extra time when Anthony Laup hit the post in stoppage time.
But in the end Quevilly, despite their evident commitment and competitive spirit, couldn’t break down their professional opponents and bowed out gracefully after providing on of the sensations of this year’s competition with their odds-defying heroics.
Paris on the other hand will have to turn their attentions back to their two league fixtures, away to Saint-Etienne and at home to Rennes, before they focus on salvaging some silverware – their ninth French Cup and the ticket into European competition that goes with it – from an otherwise stormy season when they face five-time winners Monaco in the final.