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Played
December 19, 2013 6:55 AM EST
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ L. Duhamel‎
Attendance:‬ 45608‎
 
Top of the Match
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Paris Saint-Germain
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Paris Saint-Germain
Flop of the Match
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Paris Saint-Germain
Brandao
Brandao
AS Saint-Etienne

Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Saint-Etienne (AET): Cavani snatches extra-time winner

With the game heading for a penalty shootout, the Uruguay striker came to the rescue with the latest of winners

By Max Bentley

Edinson Cavani Mustapha Bayal Sall Paris SG Saint-Etienne Coupe de la Ligue 121822013
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Edinson Cavani struck deep into extra time to end Saint-Etienne's hopes of retaining the Coupe de la Ligue trophy and keep Paris Saint-Germain's treble hopes alive.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, the Uruguayan stole the limelight and opened the scoring in the first half after good work from Marco Verratti.

However, the game was sent into extra time when former PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc came off the bench to score a late equaliser.

Les Verts have proved a tricky customer for PSG in recent seasons but Cavani's 13th goal in 12 games ensured that it was Laurent Blanc's side who progressed to the quarter-finals.

Chances were few and far between  the two sides in a tightly-contested opening 20 minutes with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested.

However, Cavani showed the touch of a man in form on 25 minutes when he controlled Verratti's cross at the back post excellently before taking the ball past Stephane Ruffier and stabbing the ball home.

The Saint-Etienne goalkeeper then produced a magnificent save to palm away Lucas Moura's stinging effort before denying Lavezzi with his legs on the stroke of half-time.

Christophe Galtier's side stole all three points at the Parc des Princes last November and they emerged a much stronger outfit in the second half.

However, it was PSG who continued to have the better of the chances and after Lucas was again denied by Ruffier, Cavani fluffed a golden chance to seal the win after being put through by substitute Javier Pastore.

That miss would prove costly and with 12 minutes remaining, Fabien Lemoine curled an inviting low cross into the box which Erdinc swept beyond Nicolas Douchez to silence the home crowd and send the game into extra time.

With both sides visibly tiring, the match seemed destined for penalties but Cavani had other ideas and justified his expensive price tag by popping up at the back post to tap in Jeremy Menez's cross with just three minutes to play.

Saint-Etienne knocked PSG out of this competition on penalties last term, but there was to be no repeat this time around.


Paris Saint-Germain

1
Nicolas Douchez
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
Thiago Silva
Defender
3.00
15
Marquinhos
Defender
3.00
3
Lucas Digne
Defender
3.00
23
3.00
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
60′
2.50
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
4.00
31
Adrien Rabiot
Midfielder
3.00
-
Lucas
Midfielder
70′
3.50
9
4.00
21
2.00

AS Saint-Etienne

3.50
16
2.50
13
3.00
24
Loïc Perrin
Midfielder
68′
3.50
26
M. Bayal
Defender
95′
3.50
29
2.50
11
3.00
10
Renaud Cohade
Midfielder
3.50
18
Fabien Lemoine
Midfielder
3.00
21
Romain Hamouma
Midfielder
2.50
5
Franck Tabanou
Midfielder
85′
2.50
9
Brandao
Striker
55′

Substitutes

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Mike Maignan
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
71′
3.00
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
60′
3.50
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
70′
3.00
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
30
Jessy Moulin
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
12
 - 
20
 - 
7
 - 
26
3.00
11

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
4 1
Bryan Bergougnoux Bryan Bergougnoux
Midfielder
Tours FC
3 0
Bafetimbi Gomis Bafetimbi Gomis
Striker
Lyon
3 0
J.Kahne Tehoue J.Kahne Tehoue
Striker
Boulogne
3 0
Ghislain Gimbert Ghislain Gimbert
Striker
Troyes
3 0