Paris Saint-Germain progressed to the final of the Coupe de France courtesy of a 1-0 success against amateur side Quevilly, and left back Sylvain Armand has explained that the minnows made life very difficult for les Parisiens.
After a balanced start to the match, PSG started to dominate in the middle stages of the first half but couldn’t find a route to goal. Mevlut Erding found the net for Antoine Kombouare’s side just after the break, though they would rarely threaten to add to their lead. Instead, Quevilly had the best late chance, hitting the post via an Anthony Laup free-kick in stoppage time.
“When the ball hit the post, I thought, 'No, we cannot concede a goal in the 91st minute,'” Armand confessed to the press after the game. “It was difficult, but expected. The important thing was the qualification, not how. We knew they had good players and our goal has been reached. This is our time to get a European place and save the season.
“We are aware that our season is average even if it has been better for a month and a half. It's nice to find a little serenity. It is always a proud moment to go to Stade de France.”
Meanwhile, Laup was pleased with the showing his side produced, but was unhappy with the match’s outcome. “There's disappointment, plenty of it,” he confessed. “Especially since I think there was a chance to do something.
“It did not go in our favour with the post. We must get our heads high. We are disappointed but we are also very proud because it was not ridiculous against this great team. It was a good game.
“We will not soon forget what we experienced together and I hope we made all the people of Normandy proud. It was the year of Quevilly!
“It's going to be hard now. Our daily life is the amateur championship of France.”
PSG will now meet Monaco in the final of the Coupe de France on May 1.
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