Ukrainians too good for French pair

UEFA Europa League


A disastrous display by Mickaël Landreau saw Paris Saint-Germain tumble out of the UEFA Cup as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. Ligue 1 leaders Marseille also missed out as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk at the Stade Vélodrome.

After a goalless first leg in France, PSG travelled to Ukraine with hope, but were on the back foot throughout after ex-Le Mans striker Ismaël Bangoura had given Dynamo a fourth-minute lead.

Peguy Luyindula struck a post with a header soon after, but it was Dynamo's slick passing and some poor goalkeeping from Landreau that put an end to PSG's European ambitions this season.

The French international literally handed Dynamo a second 16 minutes in when he inadvertently punched a high ball into his own goal, and the ex-Nantes star then fumbled an Olexandr Aliev free-kick on the hour mark, allowing Ognjen Vukojevic to score a third and leave Paul Le Guen's side with no way back.


Dynamo will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the last four as the reigning Ukrainian champions, who are currently second in the domestic table behind Dynamo, put an end to Marseille's ambitions.

With a healthy 2-0 first-leg lead, Mircea Lucescu's side knew a goal at the Stade Vélodrome would leave the hosts with a mountain to climb, and though Marseille had the better of the opening exchanges, it was Shakhtar who went in front with half-an-hour on the clock.

Fernandinho was played in down the left-hand channel, and the Brazilian saw his attempted cross ricochet off Charles Kaboré's outstretched leg and zip past Steve Mandanda at his near post.

That left Erik Gerets' men needing four goals to qualify, and they attempted to get them as they put the Shakhtar goal under pressure.

Taye Taiwo, who was forced off at half-time with a thigh injury, went close, as did Bakari Koné, but it was Hatem ben Arfa who reignited his side's hopes two minutes before the break.

The French international started the move as he cut in from the left before picking out Kaboré on the opposite flank. The midfielder's deep cross found Ben Arfa leaping high at the back post, and when Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov parried his header, the Marseille man slammed home the rebound.

Despite pressing in the second half, Marseille were unable to break down the visitors, who clinched a place in the last four in added time, Luiz Adriano slotting coolly past Mandanda to complete a 4-1 aggregate triumph.

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