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Coupe de France
18 April 2013
• Parc des Sports, Annecy
Referee: P. Kalt
• Attendance: 14925
S. Khalifa 44'
Evian TG won 4 - 1 on penalties
J. Pastore 9'
WELL WELL WELL! No domestic double for Carlo Ancelotti's men! The little Evian that could has sent them packing from the Coupe de France, 4-1 on penalties! A moment that the fans at Parc des Sports will never forget. Well, after a marathon outing, it's quitting time for me. Thanks for tuning in, see you next time.
120' + 7'
Pen SO GoalCédric Barbosa
BARBOSA WINS IT FOR THE HOME SIDE! Into the right hand side, Douchez guessed the wrong way, and Evian have knocked PSG out of the Coupe de France!
120' + 6'
Pen SO GoalEzequiel Lavezzi
LAVEZZI KEEPS PSG IN THE GAME! Confidently done, high into the left hand side.
120' + 5'
Pen SO GoalSaber Khalifa
KHLIFA BURIES THE SPOT KICK! Evian 3-0 up and now PSG have to score!
120' + 4'
Pen SO MissThiago Silva
Dead centre and high, but ONTO THE CROSSBAR! What is happening to PSG?
120' + 3'
Pen SO GoalYannick Sagbo
CONFIDENTLY DONE! He buries it into the far side, Douchez went the right way but cannot save it!
120' + 2'
Pen SO MissZlatan Ibrahimovic
IBRA IS THWARTED! Laquait saves it, and he didn't have to work too hard. Not a good penalty!
120' + 1'
Pen SO GoalOlivier Sorlin
EXCELLENT PENALTY! Into the left side, sending Douchez the wrong way!
After some gamesmanship from the Evian players, the referee finally gets the wall back to 10 yards, allowing Ibra to strike...JUST OVER THE BAR! Our last saving grace disappears, its penalty time!
LAST CHANCE FOR PSG... Free-kick in a great position, and there's only one man standing over this...
Jallet with another cross from the right, but Laquait takes care of it, plucking the delivery out of the air comfortably.
Barbosa still getting patched up on the sidelines. Its 10 vs 10 at the moment as the game finally restarts. Two minutes added on.
There's been a bit of afters here between both sets of players. Barbosa is still down and receiving treatment. This game's not ending any time soon, is it?
Red CardThiago Motta
MOTTA THROWN OUT OF THE GAME! The Brazilian kicked out at Barbosa, and is shown a straight red by the referee. Naughty boy.
Yellow CardGuillaume Lacour
Lacour takes one for the team, accepting a booking for fouling Lavezzi on the run.
Khlifa in a great display of sportsmanship, helps Armand stretch out his creaky and fatigued limbs during a break in play. No man left behind!
LAQUAIT SAVES THE GAME FOR EVIAN! Lavezzi does well to turn the ball back into the penalty area for Matuidi to lash towards goal, but the keeper sticks out a leg to keep the ball from crossing the line! Brilliant save, no wonder the fans are chanting his name right now!
It's miles better actually, even forcing Douchez to flick the ball away from the far post with his fingertips.
Barbosa stands over a set-piece about 40 yards out Let's hope that it's not as terrible as his last free-kick or I'm going home.
Veratti tries to blend one right into the path of Lavezzi. To the surprise of no one who's seen the Argentine play for more than five minutes, the assistant's flag is up for offside.
Pastore's gone off by the way, and Veratti's taken his place. No surprises there, the Argentine has really been dreadful after promising so much with his brilliant opener - which seems about two days ago.
We're into the home stretch, for better or for worse. PSG kick us off again.
105' + 1'
And nothing of consequence happens as the referee calls a brief halt to proceedings. A quick drink, stretch, and piece of advice, and back the players will come for the final period.
One minute added to round off this first half of extra time.
Waste from Wass. Waaaaa. The set-piece ricochets off the wall and harmlessly into the arms of Douchez.
DUMB FROM MOTTA to bring down Khlifa on the edge of the box in a very dangerous position. Free kick to come for the home side.
OFF GOES GAMEIRO, the little spring chicken, cutting in from the left and finding the angle to have a go at goal, but it's low, and right at the keeper.
SAGBO...he saw the light for one second, and bends a 25-yarder towards the top corner. The trajectory is off though, and it goes high and wide. Still the best effort of extra time so far, which tells you everything that you need to know.
One player who's not short of energy is Jallet, who bombs down the right again, but none of his teammates can keep up, so he ends up crossing right back to the Evian defence.
Motta and Matuidi look to be running purely on fumes at this point after doing the dirty work in midfield all game long.
Even Ibra's looking exhausted out on the pitch - his control lets him down twice on the right flank in close quarters with the Evian defence.
Barbosa has responsibility over a set-piece about 40 yards from goal. He hits it, its embarrassingly wild and flies into the stands. And maybe Barbosa should join it there, that was shameful.
Here we go AGAIN!
90' + 4'
EXTRA TIME BABY! There's no winner at the end of regulation. 1-1 the score as things stand. 30 more minutes to come.
90' + 3'
The last minute of stoppage time is underway. Can watching this second half be considered cruel and unusual punishment? Well I get paid, so probably not.
90' + 2'
90' + 1'
We're into the first of three minutes of added time.
WOEFUL corner from Pastore, which goes straight out of play. Alex and Thiago Silva do not seem pleased with making the trek up from their own half for nothing.
Thiago Silva comes forward from the back and, not breaking stride, goes to attack an Pastore, and misses. But the defender is not done, as he runs straight back into his own half to make a defensive header. Excellent energy when all else around him are losing theirs.
It's looking more and more like another grueling 30 minutes.
Raibu trudges off the pitch, not a surprising change as he's lost all sense of motor coordination in the last few minutes.
Yellow CardMohammed Rabiu
The crowd have been awakened from their power nap by a Ibrahimovic body-check into Rabiu. They spit venom from the stands as yellows instead are awarded to Rabiu and Barbosa.
Rabiu is all elbows and heels as he goes tripping into the back of Lavezzi. No malice intended or delivered, just a clumsy play. Both players take a sec to get back onto their feet.
Berigaud wastes a good crossing position on the right flank. What was not wasteful was the run through the middle by Sagbo to set him up in space for the delivery.
After a brief flurry, the game has gone back into hibernation mode. Please, for the love of god, someone score! I think I speak for most when I say that I don't think we can survive another monotonous 30 minute extra time period!
MATUIDI BRINGS IT IN DEFENCE! Good persistence from Sagbo to set up Berigaud inside the area. He squares himself up into an excellent shooting position, but Matuidi is all limbs as he stretches to divert the shot the wrong side of the post! Grown man block!
BETAO! Does the defender even know what just happened? The ball hits him on the backside, and he inadvertently clears the ball away from Ibrahimovic, who was lurking menacingly at the far post.
Finally something for the fans to cheer as Sagbo hurls the ball forward towards Khlifa, who cannot shake off Alex and his big bald head, which gets the ball away from danger.
Cedric Barbosa also makes his entrance into the game for the home side. Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen.
Golden Balls exits stage right. On comes Lavezzi. Not a surprising change, but is it the one to put the pepper back into the pot?
These guys do realize that there's no second leg right? Someone has to win this game! So why is is that both teams seem in absolutely no hurry to do so? The tempo has ground to a halt.
HEAD TENNIS IN THE HOUSE! The PSG penalty area turns into the All-England Club for about half a minute as a series of crosses ping in and out!
Good old 'Zeke Lavezzi, he's always a lock for some entertainment. He's been spotted warming up on the sidelines, due to make his entrance shortly. This game could use a slap in the face, things have really gone off the boil.
The Evian squad's names really role off the tongue, don't they? Sagbo, Khlifa (pronounced Kha-li-fa) and Dja Djedje! Ok, maybe not that last one.
BUT NOT FOR LONG! Jallet stands up the ball to the top of the box, where a certain ponytail takes it superbly on the volley, but CRACK goes the ball off the base of the post!
Really sloppy stuff from PSG who look like they undid one too many buttons during that half-time break. Where's the shape? Where's the intensity? Right now, Evian on top.
Why can't Pastore keep a hold of the ball? Ever since he scored he's been giving away possession like a bad cold.
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Matuidi, under immense pressure and about to fall over on his backside, does exceptionally well to dig out a cross within the vicinity of Ibrahimovic, who executes a perfect side-kick in the direction of the ball, but makes fleeting contact in the end.
WAAAASSSSS.....goes charging past Matuidi and Pastore but runs out of space and into Menez. No hope for a free-kick there, he threw himself into contact!
Here we go again!
ALL TO PLAY FOR in the second half. 1-1 is abut the fairest score I can imagine for both sides, who have each had their share of good and bad plays in what has been a real treat to watch so far. Long may it continue, or at least for the other 45 minutes! Join us for the restart in a bit.
45' + 1'
Barely any injury time! We're done for the half!
EVIAN ARE LEVEL! And you can't say that it hasn't been coming! The hosts counter excellently from Pastore's umpteenth giveaway, and Sagbo's ball across the face of goal is smashed in by Khlifa, who was played on by Thiago Silva. Oops!
Beckham's resulting corner is met by Alex, but Laquait gets down low to make the stop again!
A good run by Pastore takes Betao completely out of the equation, but not Mongongu, who gets a meaty Congolese leg out to block the goalscorer's shot from inside the six yard box!
Great noise inside the Parc des Sports. The home fans really doing their job as the 12th man.
DEJA VU from PSG...Beckham launches the ball deep from his own half into Jallet on the right, who one-times it into the mixer where Pastore connects...but it's not a sweet volley this time, but a flick over the top to no one.
So I've heard that that this Thiago Silva guy might be a decent defender! A nifty little defensive header from the Brazilian to head a quick-time cross from Sagbo away from danger.
OOOOOHHHH.....Laquait had to be quick off his line there! Motta clipped a decent ball over the top for Menez, who was a step behind the Evian goalkeeper.
We've past the first half hour of proceedings, and this match has been nothing if not entertaining. A moment of absolute quality has given PSG the lead. I don't want to say that it's undeserved, given that Ancelotti's men have threatened multiple times, but you wouldn't begrudge Evian a goal either based on their encouraging play so far. A real cup tie!
LAQUAIT CALLED INTO ACTION! A typically excellent corner from David Beckham is honed right onto the left peg of Thiago Silva at the far post. He connects low and hard with the volley, but it's right at the keeper who saves with his legs.
DOUCHEZ PLAYING WHACK-A-MOLE! Another unorthodox jumping, half punch, half push save to keep out another swerving long-range bomb from Evian, this time from Khlifa!
The crowd, who were driven off their seats by Rabiu's effort, now erupt again when Ibrahimovic loses out to Mongongu just outside the box.
TOASTY! Smack goes the ball off the palms of Douchez, who does what he can to beat away a gyrating effort from Rabiu. That looked even weirder on replay, but an effective save in the end!
If I have one criticism of Ibrahimovic, it's that he's not always in a hurry to make a run off the ball towards goal. Matuidi had possession in a great position, and had the Swede made the effort, he could have well been presented with a one-on-one.
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Becks from the free kick, with that familiar stance, run up and technique, but he connects a little too well with the ball, and sends it up into the stands. Fore!
Pastore, can you wake up please? The Argentine coughs up the rock AGAIN, allowing Evian to have a shot AGAIN, but Douchez makes the catch AGAIN.
Javier Pastore is a lucky boy. He loses the ball in the middle of the park and Evian attack immediately, with Sagbo forcing Douchez to stretch to smother his 18-yarder!
Yellow CardJérémy Menez
As good as Menez can be on the ball, he's rather rubbish when asked to help out in his own half. The French maverick is our first player booked after slicing into Berigaud.
Pascal Dupraz is very animated on the touchline, trying to get his troops back into the fight!
It's just not happening anymore for the home side, who seemed sucker-punched by Pastore's and PSG's brilliant goal. Their flanks in particular look vulnerable - Menez on the right and Matuidi on the left could be in line for a buffet of chances.
Splendid defending from Betao! Matuidi sends Evian scrambling with a powerful run into the left channel, and blitzes across the face of goal for Ibrahimovic to tap in. But the defender is there to intercept and hack clear!
AIN'T THAT SOMETHING! The visitors do just that, in breathtaking fashion. A three-man move to fashion the opener. Beckham with the fabulous long ball from his own half, Jallet, unmarked with the run and cross down the right, and Pastore with the scintillating half-volleyed smash off the crossbar and into the back of the net!
Evian better be careful, because PSG are looking increasingly poised on the ball, and have the talent on show to rip them apart on the counter.
EVIAN ALMOST SCORE! Khlifa plays a delightful one-two with Ninkovic, who has space to let fly at goal from eight yards out, but drags wide of the post! Douchez should have had no chance, instead, he's trotting to get the ball for a goalkick.
What's this? PSG on the ropes? Evian have really done a good job pressuring the Parisians in their own half in the early goings. They've clearly showed up with every intention to progress!
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The match kicks off!
Tonight is winner takes all, with a place in the last four up for grabs. Will it be Ligue 1 heavyweights PSG or relegation threatened Evian who join Troyes and Lorient in the next round? Kickoff is imminent, so let's find out!
A bit of mix and match from Carlo Ancelotti, who's rotated his squad and given bit-part players like Sylvian Armand and Nicolas Douchez starts alongside regulars like Thiago Silva and Javier Pastore. David Beckham is also spotted in the XI. And of course, Ibra starts. Does he ever not start?
PSG: Douchez; Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Armand; Pastore, Beckham, Thiago Motta, Matuidi; Ibrahimovic, Menez.
EVIAN: Laquait, Betao, Djedje, Mongongu, Wass, Sorlin, Rabiu, Sagbo, Ninkovic, Berigaud, Khlifa.
Let's look at our starting lineups, shall we?
Tonight, we're taking in the action in Annecy, at the Parc des Sports. I'd like to welcome you to Goal.com's live coverage of the Coupe de France quarter-final clash between Evian Thonon Gaillard and Paris Saint-Germain. My name is Keeghann Sinanan, and I'll be bringing you the play-by-play.
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