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Coupe de France
January 8, 2014
• Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest
Referee: P. Kalt
• Attendance: 7860
B. Lesoimier 33'
J. Ayité 89'
Z. Ibrahimovic 10', 39', 42'
Thiago Motta 15'
E. Lavezzi 46'
90' + 2'
FT: Brest 2-5 PSG
90' + 1'
Into the first of two additional minutes.
PSG will go on to face Montpellier at the Parc des Princes in the round of 32 of the Coupe de France following Monday's draw.
Goal Jonathan Ayite
GOAL! Brest 2-5 PSG - Finally, Brest have their reward. After pressing for the last 15 minutes, Ayite takes advantage of Maxwell's poor defensive placing to fire past Douchez.
Following this game, PSG travel to Ajaccio as Ligue 1 resumes at the weekend after the winter break. PSG sit top of the table at the halfway point.
PSG searching for a sixth, after not scoring for a surprising 30 minutes despite an explosive first half. Lucas Moura wins a free-kick from a challenge by Falette
CHANCE FOR BREST! Unlucky from Verdier who gets past the challenge of a defender, and then Thiago Silva. But he goes too wide, and his pull-back is deflected away.
Geoffrey Dernis, the substitute, absoluteley clatters into Lucas Moura, with the referee awarding PSG a free-kick. No booking. Perhaps there should've been there.
SUBSTITUTION - Brest: The final change of the game sees Johann Ramare go off in place of Geoffrey Dernis.
CAVANI! Cleared off the line by Lejuene! Pastore at the centre of that move as he locates Cavani who can't quite divert the ball into the net.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Jeremy Menez replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.
16 minutes to go in this round of 64 Coupe de France clash at Stade Francis Le Ble. PSG lead 5-1, but the Ligue 2 hosts look likely to score next.
PSG have put the foot off the pedal here, and are labouring towards full-time. Much more attacking tempo from the hosts, and the champions are beginning to show lapses in concentration here.
Brest continue to press forward in the hope that they can reduce the scoreline somewhat in the little time they have left. Ayite at the forefront of things, but Douchez will not be beaten.
Brest are now enjoying a good spell in the PSG box with Verdier getting the opportunity for a strike at goal, but unsuccessful. The striker has had little chance to convert tonight.
Yellow Card Florian Lejeune
Rare moment for Brest to get forward as Coulibaly holds off his marker Maxwell, to get a delivery into the box. An easy take for Nicholas Douchez in the PSG goal.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Thiago Motta is off in place of Javier Pastore.
SUBSTITUTION -PSG: Zlatan Ibrahimovic departs to a huge round of applause as he is replaced by Lucas Moura.
Free-kick to Brest after Motta fouls Lesoimier. Taken well by Ramare, but after it is delivered into the penalty box, but it is fired wide by Verdier.
Approaching the hour mark, and well, in truth, this game was over a long, long time ago. Ibrahimovic and co. in cruise control, with a four goal lead at Stade Francis Le Ble.
Rabiot wins a free-kick after a strong challenge from Ramare. Ibrahimovic takes it quickly, and I mean very quickly before the defenders even get a chance to compose themselves. Fired wide.
Chance for Brest to get a foothold in the opposition half. Manuel Perez makes progress, attempting to cut in on his left, but is crowded out by a strong Parisien defence.
CAVANI!! OFF THE POST!! The Uruguayan wants to share the scoresheet with Ibrahimovic, but is narrowly denied here. Superb header from the free-kick delivery, and it comes off the post with Hartock beaten.
SUBSTITUTION - BREST: Simon Falette replace Dominique Pandor.
SUBSTITUTION - BREST: Florian Lejuene replaces Chardonnet.
Maxwell making good progress down this left flank, combining well with Rabiot but unable to provide a delivery into the box. Consistent, however.
PSG are in complete control for this match, with Laurent Blanc surely starting to think of changes ahead of the trip to Ajaccio in Ligue 1 this weekend.
A fantastic performance this is turning out to be for Paris Saint-Germain, who barely have come out of second gear. Brief break in play with Coulibaly receiving medical treatment.
GOAL!! Brest 1-5 PSG!! LAVEZZI! Start as you mean to go on, and they certainly have. 32 seconds into the second half, and PSG have made it 5-1. Lavezzi steers clear of the defence, and fires low under Hartoc into the net. Fantastic.
Goal Ezequiel Lavezzi
Underway in the second half in Brest, where PSG hold a sizeable advantage over Brest. Can they extend their big lead?
HT: SB29 1-4 PSG - we've reached the interval at Stade Francis Le-Ble, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic hitting the headlines with a sumptuous hat-trick, adding to Thiago Motta's goal. Benoit Lesoimier got the goal for the hosts.
HALF-TIME: Brest 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain.
And PSG are looking for a fifth. Moimbe deflects the ball behind for a corner, to be taken by Motta. Evades Cavani, and that should be that for the first half at Stade Francis Le-Ble.
Well, what a quick last six minutes we've had at Stade Francis Le Ble. Brest momentarily threatened the visitors after getting one back, but a quick-fire Ibrahimovic double - for his hat-trick - has enabled PSG to really put this one to bed.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL!!! Brest 1-4 PSG!!! IBRAHIMOVIC HAT-TRICK!! Oh, what a way to start 2014. A mistake in the Brest midfield allows Lavezzi to charge forward. He squares it for the Swede, who chips over the goalkeeper and into the net for a 40 minute hat-trick. STUNNING!
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL!! Brest 1-3 PSG - IBRAHIMOVIC!! The Swede has his second of the game. And again, questions must be asked of the defending there. From a free-kick, Alex gets a slight nick on the ball but Ibrahimovic powerfully heads past the goalkeeper.
Fantastic tackle from Chardonnet to get the ball from Van der Wiel. But the Dutchman is limping here, and with Christophe Jallet out for two months, will this spell further trouble for the visitors?
Can Alex Dupont's side get back into this game? They haven't really looked assured at the back, or up front - though PSG's influence has certainly waned in the last few moments.
Goal Benoît Lesoimier
GOAL! Brest 1-2 PSG - LESOIMIER!!! Brest are back in this tie. PSG concede the corner unnecessarily, and from the delivery, the hub of this Brest side - Lesoimier - diverts it past Douchez.
The rain is continuing to be a nuisance on the field as PSG shore up their defence, but the hosts are attacking at them, and are enjoying a good spell.
Free-kick to Brest, in a good position. About 25 yards out after Adrien Rabiot upends Benoit Lesoimier. The 30-year-old is over the free-kick... but blazes it over.
Brest get forward through Lesoimier, into the path of Ayite, but the midfielder's cross is poor, and allows Alex to reclaim easily for the champions.
Halfway through this first period,and PSG lead Brest 2-0 in the Coupe de France round of 64. Already en-route to a last 32 fixture against Montpellier? Certainly seems so.
The last time Brest played Paris Saint-Germain, it was a special occasion, the last game in which David Beckham played to close a glittering career. Unhappily for Brest, they lost 3-0 and were already relegated.
The rain is beginning to fall at Stade Francis Le Ble, but the hosts are beginning to warm up here. The corner reaches the feet of Manuel Perez who fires narrowly wide.
Corner to Brest. The hosts are beginning to get a foothold in this game. Ayite and Coulibaly intertwine off of the right wing, but Thiago Motta concedes the corner.
The Brest defence is imploding here with the visitors already settling into a neat rhythm throughout the midfield. A sumptuous ball over the top from Ibrahimovic towards Lavezzi just narrowly bypasses the Argentine, as Hartock claims.
It's too easy for PSG who have gone 2-0 up thanks to some poor defending from the hosts. Chardonnet, the 19-year-old defender failed to track the run of Motta, who had it so easy to tuck the ball home.
Goal Thiago Motta
GOAL! Brest 0-2 PSG - MOTTA!!! Oh, this could be a huge scoreline. Motta gets his fourth of the season with another fine team move. Started from Maxwell, towards Matuidi who slides the ball into the path of Motta. He beats the defender with ease, and fires into the net. Where was the defence?
The fightback begins for Brest? They've gone forward again in numbers, with Lesoimier bring the ball ahead for Ramare but the move breaks down quickly.
The first real involvement of Ibrahimovic, in fact the first real chance for PSG, and they've gone ahead. Fantastic move, and a fantastic goal for the champions who are ahead.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL! Brest 0-1 PSG - IBRAHIMOVIC!! The Swede gets off the mark for 2014, and what a strike!! Fantastic move from the champions. Starts from Ibrahimovic, who deftly locates Maxwell who reciprocates the favour. A fanastic finish into the net.
Horrible pass from Alex who opts for a smooth pass towards compatriot Thiago Silva, but instead just scythes the ball out of play. Brest however, cannot take advantage and the champions regain the ball.
Alex is caught out in defence, and allows Jonathan Ayite to run at him. It's two against two briefly, as Ayite takes it wide. His cross into the box is well held by Douchez.
Ibrahimovic has a half-chance to get into the box, but Coulibaly is on hand to retrieve the ball and clear. It's been a good start from Alex Dupont's men so far.
Rabiot dispossesses Ayite, before the two Thiagos - Silva and Motta provide a sleek one-two in midfield. The hosts have reclaimed the bal however, and bring it out of the defence.
Stade Brest will be hoping to spring a shock in the Coupe de France. Having been relegated from Ligue 1 last season, they are not troubling any promotion-seeking sides in Ligue 2 this campaign.
Good start from the hosts, who are ploughing forward in numbers in the early stages. Pandor has an effort from distance for Stade Brest, it's an easy save for Nicholas Douchez.
UNDERWAY in Brest. PSG attacing from right to left, as they seek to get 2014 to a good start in their first competitive action of the year.
The sides are out at Stade Francis Le Ble. The rain seems to have subsided, for now. Tonight's referee is Philippe Kalt.
BREST: Hartock - Coulibaly, Traoré, Chardonnet, Moimbé - Pandor, Ramaré (c), Pérez, Lesoimier - Ayité, Verdier. SUBS: Thébaux, Falette, Lejeune, Makonda, Mendy, Dernis, Khaled.
PSG: Douchez - Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva (c), Maxwell - Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Matuidi - Cavani, Lavezzi - Ibrahimovic. SUBS: Sirigu, Camara, Digne, Marquinhos, Lucas, Ménez, Pastore.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
The draw for the next round has also been made since, with the winner of this match going on to face Montpellier at home. Should PSG progress, it will be a neat match-up involving the last two champions of France.
The rest of the round of 64 Coupe de France fixtures have been played, with no major shocks to upend the bigger sides in the competition. Marseille beat Stade de Reims after AET at the Velodrome. Lyon dismantled amateur side La Suze 6-1, with Lille beating Amiens, and Monaco eliminating Vannes.
The postponement may come at an advantage or disadvantage for the Ligue 1 leaders depending on which angle you look at it from. Had they played on Sunday, it would've been less than three days since their 1-0 friendly defeat to Real Madrid in Doha, with an added three days of rest key to their Coupe progression hopes. However, it also comes less than three days before they resume Ligue 1 with a trip to AC Ajaccio.
After a week of torrential rain in the region surrounding Brest, in the Finistère regio of France - the match was then rescheduled for Tuesday, before being called off once more. We are hoping for third time lucky, with rain still falling on the field.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be bringing you live text commentary of tonight's game, which takes place almost 80 hours after the original fixture - due to be played on Sunday at 14:15 local - was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Good evening, and welcome to live coverage of tonight's Coupe de France fixture between Brest and Paris Saint-Germain from Stade Francis Le Ble.
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