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Coupe de France
March 21, 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: C. Turpin
• Attendance: 44000
K. Källström 25'
L. López 39'
B. Gomis 90'+
Thank you for joining me this evening. It has been one pulsating cup tie. Hope you've enjoyed it. Stick around on Goal.com for more from this match, as well as from across Europe. Have a great evening!
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME! PSG 1-3 Lyon - Lyon now are into the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.
90' + 3'
HOARAU! Should've at least bagged himself a goal. Wonderful run again by Menez in towards Hoarau, but the defence clear their lines accordingly. Lyon attempt a counter, but that should be it.
90' + 3'
The PSG fans are filing out of the stadium hurriedly, with a chorus of boos accompanying them. An abject performance, but a highly entertaining game in the capital.
90' + 2'
Penalty GoalBafetimbi Gomis
90' + 2'
GOAAAAAAAALL!! AND THAT SURELY IS IT! LYON LEAD 3-1! Superb penalty from Lyon as he powers past Douchez who had no chance. Lyon into the semis.
90' + 1'
PENALTY TO LYON!
Yellow CardChristophe Jallet
Into stoppage time now..........
Yellow CardJavier Pastore
Pastore! It deflects off Gonalons for a corner, but the referee is having none of it! Pastore, rightly so, is having a right go at the referee and is booked for his dissent. On the touchline, Maxwell and Ancelotti aren't best pleased either.
HOARAU! Headed over the bar. PSG are appealing for a corner, but the referee is not having any of it!
Hoarau attempts to instigate a late charge on the Lyon goal, and feeds the ball towards Nene who is harried off the ball, though Anthony Reveilliere's poor control has led to a corner.
Yellow CardClément Grenier
Matuidi races into the box and does well to force a corner. Lyon with tehir final substitution. It is Clement Grenier, remarkably efficient this evening for Bakary Kone. They wouldn't want extra-time now, right?
Eight minutes left of his encounter, and the game is repeatedly being punctuated by a number of fouls. Tension as we enter the home stretch.
Carlo Ancelotti, under the watchful eye of chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi cutting a very frustrated figure on the touchline. Lyon seemingly happy to go onto the back foot and defend for the remainder.
Lyon doing very well at the minute to extinguish any PSG attacking moves with a string of well-timed tackles. Turning a little bit heated with repeated fouling. The latest being Motta on Umtiti.
Yellow CardThiago Motta
Lyon replace Lisandro Lopez in favour of Mahamadou Dabo. Thiago Motta is booked for a little spat with the opposing players.
MENEZ! High wide and not very handsome at all. Gameiro is sacrificed meanwhile for Hoarau. He scored two against Lyon last month.
What a cup tie this is becoming. Absolutely energetic and dramatic, with both sides making a real effort for it. Meanwhile, Nene fails to keep the ball into play, missing a good effort seconds before.
LISANDRO! WHAT A MISS. WHAT A MISS! Lyon should be home and hosed, but they scupper an almighty chance. Gomis does well to beat the offside line and race into position before squaring for the Argentine. Open goal, and he's scooped it over!
Menez has been really impressive this evening. Really, really impressive. Again uses his undeniable pace and trickery to encounter two Lyon defenders before he is pushed off the ball. Meanwhile, Briand is replaced in favour for Bastos.
PASTORE! It'll have to take something special to beat an inspired Lloris. The Argentine curls a wonderfull ball in which Lloris uses his body well to palm away before it is cleared for a corner. Pastore knows that should've gone in.
MATUIDI! What a chance! All Menez again as he delivers in the low ball for the second time, and the substitute hooks the ball over the bar! CLOSE AGAIN!
PSG are much more attack-minded in this half, and really going for the jugular here. Menez attempts to whip in a low ball, and it is cleared by an alert Lyon defence.
Nene races down the right flank attempting to find a team-mate, but is denied by a header away from Dejan Lovren! End-to-end stuff in Paris.
Yellow CardDejan Lovren
Oohhhh! Almost a PSG goal, and this time Lloris was at fault. He came well off his line to meet the free-kick but missed it completely! Blaise Matuidi replaces Mathieu Bodmer meanwhile.
Dejan Lovren is booked, the first of the evening.
MENEZ!! LLORIS AT IT AGAIN! Super save from the France no.1 who is capable of world-class saves. Menez again dribbles past his marker and fire a low powerful effort goalwards, and it is denied by the Lyon custodian
JALLET! WHAT A SAVE BY LLORIS! Superb from the right-back as he latches onto a cross which evades Nene and fires an exquisite shot which Lloris is forced to acrobratically save!
Pastore's impact has already been telling as he opens up the visitors with a series of well-timed balls. Lyon up against it at the minute.
Sense of urgency from the hosts as Alex leaves Gomis in his wake as he powers past. PSG pressing very high up!
It is Milan Bisevac who is sacrificed for the Argentine international.
Second half is UNDERWAY! Javier Pastore enters the fray as Carlo Ancelotti seeks a change to salvage PSG's cup hopes.
I'll be back for the second half. Meanwhile, continue to send me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
An intriguing half of football from the Parc des Princes as Lyon overturn a 1-0 deficit to lead at the break. Remi Garde's men went behind in fortuitous circumstances as a handball claim saw Nene tuck away the resulting penalty. Lyon hit back with a beautiful Kallstrom free-kick, and Lisandro Lopez's finish in the 39th minute hands them an advantage.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: PSG 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
45' + 1'
One minute signalled at the end of the first half. Jallet races down the right flank, and takes an age to find a team-mate as the ball is safely seen straight to Lloris.
NENE! Really and truly should've been 2-2 there. Skilful play from the Brazilian, also PSG's top scorer and after some trickery, inexplicably punts straight at Lloris who saves expertly. If there is anyone you would have bet on to score that, it would've been Nene.
Remarkably, it's been two attacking chances for Lyon, which has yielded two goals. Meanwhile, Alex does well to clear his lines under les Gones pressure.
The Parc, for all of its buoyant atmosphere have been silenced as Lyon again turn around a deficit against les Parisiens. Carlo Ancelotti looks on frustrated, but Lyon have gone from strength-to-strength in this one.
GOAAAAAALLL!! 2-1 LYON! They've turned it around! Wonderful threatening cross from Kallstrom as it bounces horribly in front of Douchez's goal and Lisandro is on hand to tap it in!
GAMEIRO! Boy, he's off form. Again presented the chance by the impressive Menez on the edge of the box, but he scoops it miles over Lloris' ball. must be hard when Hoarau is challenging him for the lead role along the front-line.
Stat Alert: Lyon are bidding to move into their first semi-final since 2008, when they won the tournament in the final against PSG. Les Parisiens are bidding to make the last four for the third time in three years.
GAMEIRO! Fine save by Lloris down to his right. A very good build-up to the chance from the hosts as Menez again darts past challenge after challenge to set up Gameiro. Chance saved.
ARMAND! Quite audacious. A switch ball finds the PSG captain on the opposing flank and he attempts a first time ball into the danger zone with a lovely volley, plucked out by Lloris.
Menez again leaves an unsuspecting Reveillere and delivers a threatening ball into the area, but is cut out by Lovren's diving header.
Clement Grenier embarks on a mazy run through the PSG defence and drives a short goalwards, but it flies wide. Approaching half an hour in the Parc des Princes.
Really good free-kick from Kallstrom to draw Lyon level in this cup quarter-final. We saw eight goals in the two sides' last meeting. Quarter of the way there, folks!
GOAAALLLL!!!! LYON EQUALISE! What a brilliant free-kick from Kim Kallstrom! (I did say, didn't I?). Superb technique to loft it over the wall and past Douchez in the PSG goal. Game. On.
Lyon have a free kick on the edge of the area. Kim Kallstrom over this, he is the Lyon free-kick specialist after all......
In truth, it was a very harsh penalty for Lyon to concede as Umtiti didn't know too much about it. Nevertheless, we have the breakthrough in the French capital.
GOAAAAAAALLL!!! NENE with a beauty of a penalty. Waits for Lloris to commit himself before chipping it gently into the top corner! PSG 1-0 Lyon
It's PSG who are awarded a spot-kick as Armand's shot from distance is handballed in the area by Umtiti! Referee had no hesitation!
PENALTY TO PSG!
Menez! Brilliant piece of trickery from the hosts as the winger confuses the Lyon defence before seeing his ball go for a corner.
Lyon looking to keep possession of the ball and counter PSG's advances. Meanwhile, Ancelotti's men look potent on the wing.
GAMEIRO! Close, but any extended leg on that and it would've been 1-0. Fantastic movement from Menez to chip in a cross from the right which catches out Umtiti, and Gameiro comes up behind him but tbe ball arrives a fraction too early!
Lyon slightly on the ropes as they become victims of PSG's notoriously high pressing game. Nene attempts to find an opening through to Menez, but despite an intervention it is left for Lloris to hurriedly clear his lines.
Gameiro! Delightful dink over the defence from Nene who bamboozles the les Gones rearguard. Gameiro is short for pace, as Lloris dummies the ball out for a goal-kick.
It's quite a young side from Lyon this evening with the likes of Samuel Umtiti and Clement Grenier given extended run-outs. Not to mention seasoned youngsters such as Lovren and Maxime Gonalons.
Lovely bit of build up play from les Gones as they ping it around the opposition half with consumate ease. Starting from Grenier, through to Briand and Reveilliere on the right wing, they are denied by an interception by Diego Lugano!
Corner taken by Kim Kallstrom is easily dealt with by an alert Parisien defence. Very vociferous atmosphere inside the Parc.
Gonalons attempts to thread a ball into Gomis, and he succeeds as the dreadlocked striker readies a shot towards goal which they perceive to have bounced off the defender's arm.
Reveilliere attempts an inswinging delivery from the right hand side, but it is seen out of play all the way by Milan Bisevac.
Very energetic start from both sides, as teams struggle for the early stranglehold on possession. Worth noting that Sylvain Armand bears the captain's armband as he turns out for his 350th game for PSG. Isn't that a nice touch?
AND WE ARE UNDERWAY! PSG get us started, attacking from right to left.
There will be a moment's silence to remember those that have sadly lost their lives in atrocities committed in the French city of Toulouse and nearby Montauban.
Kick-0ff moments away in Paris. Why not kill time and send me your predictions via Twitter to @mohammedali_93? I'm going for PSG 2-1 Lyon.
OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS: Lloris, Réveillère, Lovren, Umtiti, Cissokho, Briand, Grenier, Gonalons, Källström, Gomis, Briand
CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: PSG: Douchez, Bisevac, Armand, Lugano, Alex, Bodmer, Motta, Jallet, Nene, Menez, Gameiro.
Now, for those that don't know, the Coupe de France is quite literally famous for its giant-killers. And we've been rewarded time and again, with the latest shock result coming this afternoon. PSG's title challengers Montpellier bowed out to Grazelec Ajaccio 1-0 in the earlier game, with the hosts sitting in the third division. Last night meanwhile, record ten-time winners and Champions League quarter-finalists Marseille were knocked out 3-2 after extra-time by Quevilly, another part-time team. They love their shocks don't they, the French.
The sides met just 24 DAYS AGO in an enthralling Ligue 1 game at Stade Gerland. In what was arguably, the most breathtaking game in France this season (and there have been a few, believe me), the sides played out a quite bonkers 4-4 draw. PSG took the lead through Guillaume Hoarau before Lyon hit back with three unanswered goals, the pick being Michel Bastos' sizzling strike from distance. PSG reduced arrears before Lyon took a 4-2 lead, only for Ceara and Hoarau to steal a point. Got your breath back?
PSG were last winners of the Coupe de France in 2010, beating AS Monaco in the final, and lost last year's showpiece to a late Ludovic Obraniak goal as Lille won their first cup for more than half a century. Lyon are four-time winners of the trophy, and their last victory came in 2008 against...yeah, you know it.......PSG.
Let me introduce myself, however. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's proceedings from the French capital. As always, you can get involved throughout the entire game (yes, the entire game!) on Twitter. Send me your messages to @mohammedali_93. Sorted.
Good evening! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary, from the Coupe de France this evening where Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain encounter Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes. If last month was anything to go by, then this game should be an ultimate CORKER.
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