PSG cruise into last 16

UEFA Europa League


Paris Saint-Germain walloped Wolfsburg 3-1 in Germany for a convincing 5-1 aggregate victory in the Round of 32 of the Uefa Cup.

Coach Paul Le Guen, as he has done all season long, chose to rest key players for this competition. Claude Makelele did not even make the trip to the Bundesliga club while Guillaume Hoarau, whose two late goals in the first leg put PSG in a terrific position to advance, was an unused substitute.

PSG goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau had made a number of good saves to deny Wolfsburg, who also missed a host of chances, before Peguy Luyindula put an end to Wolfsburg's hopes of a fightback by netting a 38th minute penalty.

Midfielder Jerôme Rothen was felled in the area by Jan Simunek, who received a yellow card, and Luyindula sent the goalkeeper André Lenz the wrong way from the spot.

Rothen thunderbolt

Rothen made it 2-0 on the night on the hour with a terrific strike, beating his man and then, with the angle tight, crashing an unstoppable left-footed shot across the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.

Wolfsburg's Japanese star Mikoto Hasebe reduced the arrears with a fine solo goal three minutes later, a strike that did no more than salvage a modicum of pride for a well beaten side.

There was still time for Luyindula to net his sixth goal of the competition with a header from Clement Chantôme's cross in the 73rd minute.

PSG, winners of the 1996 edition of the now defunct Cup Winners Cup, march into the last 16 where they will face Portuguese club Braga.

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