PSG trump Lyon in extra time
PSG knocked Lyon out of the League Cup 2-1 with a late charge and will be joined in the quarter-finals by Marseille, Lille and Auxerre, all of whom picked up wins on Wednesday night.
Guingamp (National, D3) v Marseille: 0 - 1
League and League Cup title holders Marseille booked a ticket in the quarter-finals of the League Cup after grinding out a 1-0 win over minnows Guingamp on Wednesday night thanks to a strike from Ghana World Cup star André Ayew (43’).
It wasn’t straightforward for Deschamps side, however, with only three regular starters (Stéphane Mbia, Edouard Cissé and André Ayew) in the line-up, faced with the all-out attack of the 2009 French Cup winners. OM’s second-string ’keeper Elinton Andrade made two decisive saves (9’ and 60’) to keep his sheet clean, with the woodwork doing the job for him from a second Guingamp chance on the hour mark.
While the valiant Guingamp attack failed to take their chances, the re-worked OM managed to make the most of their best chance when Jordan Ayew delivered a pin-point cross for his brother to head powerfully just under the bar and send his side through to the quarters.
Lille v Caen: 4 - 1
Lille handed ten-man Caen a torrid time as they blasted four goals past their Norman visitors to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition for just the third time in the club’s history.
Lille boss Rudi Garcia had been tipped to field a heavily rotated side for the clash but in the end fielded a near-full strength line-up with Gervinho at centre-forward and Eden Hazard on the right of attack.
It was Yohan Cabaye, however, who did the initial damage, notching a first half brace (7’, 44’ pen) on either side of Sambou Yatabaré’s equaliser. Reduced to ten men when forward Benjamin Nivet collected a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Mathieu Debuchy.
Gervinho (53’) and Hazard (74’) wrapped up the match in the second half, proving that Lille’s days of fluid attacking football aren’t over.
Auxerre v Bastia (National, D3): 4 - 0
Despite a host of injury absences in their front line, Auxerre picked up where they left off in their 3-2 league win in Paris on Sunday night with a comprehensive 4-0 win over third-division Bastia.
Julien Quercia made it two in two matches with AJA’s opener in the 8th minute and newly signed forward Frédéric Sammaritano made it 2-0 on 24 minutes as Jean Fernandez’s largely overhauled line-up gave Bastia no chance to repeat the giant-killing antics that saw them knock Sochaux out in the previous round.
Things only got worse for Frédéric Hantz’s side after the second goal, however, losing defenders Mathieu Sans (26’) and Fethi Harek (35’) to red cards mid-way through the first half.
Cédric Hengbart (68’) and Sammaritano (78’) hammered home the numerical advantage in the second half to send Auxerre through to the quarter-finals for the sixth time in the club’s history.
Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain: 1 - 2 a.e.t.
Paris left it late at the Stade Gerland on Wednesday night but, after extra time, managed to overcome Lyon 2-1 to book a place in the quarter-finals.
The game would have finished in regulation time with a Lyon win had OL old boy Mathieu Bodmer not hammered home his volley from the edge of the area with just four minutes to go.
In-form OL man Jimmy Briand had given the home side the lead in the 39th minute but as the match went into extra time, the match turned to PSG’s favour as both coaches brought on their star names, and it was veteran Ludovic Giuly, another Lyon alumnus, who blasted home from close range (101’).
The final 19 minutes were chock-full of end-to-end attacking football and a host of chances were created but PSG held out to send Lyon packing and heap the pressure on their under-fire coach Claude Puel.