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Lucas Moura
Goal
T. Motta
Assist
Lucas Moura
E. Cavani
N. Maupay
A. Søderlund
Maxwell
A. Rabiot
F. Tabanou
V. Eysseric
A. Rabiot
Yellow Card
N. Roux
K. Monnet-Paquet
B. Stambouli
Yellow Card
B. Stambouli
B. Matuidi
V. Eysseric
Penalty Goal
E. Cavani
Assist
Marquinhos
Goal
K. Malcuit
Yellow Card
Z. Ibrahimović
Assist
E. Cavani
Goal
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Commentary

Laurent Blanc's side are through to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France after a 3-1 victory over Saint-Etienne - and they didn't really have to break too much of a sweat. The hosts were close to going down 2-0 at the break but for a late penalty, dispatched by Eysseric confidently. They could have, and perhaps should have, capitalised on a perfect time to score and roared into the second half with real intent, but they failed to press on from that point. A late goal from Lucas Moura of individual quality put them to bed and PSG deserve their win.
FULL TIME! That's the end of the game as PSG reach the semi-finals!
Lucas Moura
Goal
PSG
GOAAAL! And no sooner is that glimmer of hope given to Saint-Etienne, than is it taken away by substitute Lucas Moura! He wriggles past three defenders inside the area and slips the ball into the corner of the net to round of a dazzling solo goal.
T. Motta
Assist
PSG
Thiago Motta is the man with the assist there but that was all Lucas Moura's own doing - he has sealed this win for his side in a now comfortable scoreline.
It looks like we will be getting four minutes of added time to end this game - the comeback is still on for the hosts!
That could have been the moment for Saint-Etienne! Play builds from the left before a ball comes back into the area, towards the edge of the box and into the path of Selnaes. But the midfielder cannot get the ball from out of his feet quick enough for the shot before Thiago Silva tackles.
Lucas Moura
E. Cavani
PSG
SUBSTITUTION! Cavani has done well for his side with a goal and an assist today, but he is replaced by Lucas Moura with just under five minutes to play.
N. Maupay
A. Søderlund
Saint-Étienne
SUBSTITUTION! A final change for the hosts sees Søderlund off for Maupay
PSG have, incidentally, won their last eight matches against Saint-Etienne in all competitions and each of their last nine games in the Coupe de France. This looks like it will be another to add to their collection.
This game is slowly petering out now with the pace having dropped several notches down. PSG win a free-kick on the left as Kurzawa attempts to overlap into the opposition half and they will be happy to take their time over this one.
Maxwell
A. Rabiot
PSG
SUBSTITUTION! Almost straight after picking up that caution, Rabiot comes off for Maxwell in a defensive change.
F. Tabanou
V. Eysseric
Saint-Étienne
SUBSTITUTION! Eysseric, who has been a hard worker for his side today, is the latest player to come off for the hosts as Tabanou takes his place.
A. Rabiot
Yellow Card
PSG
YELLOW! Rabiot is the latest player to have his name taken in the book as he trips Selnaes for a Saint-Etienne free-kick.
Well, easier said than done as PSG clear their lines all rather easily from that corner. Set-pieces have been poor in general today and that looked as good an opportunity as any to grab that equaliser with chances few and far between.
David Luiz acrobatically intercepts a cross from Roux with his first contribution on the ball, heading it out wide for a corner. A chance for the hosts to gain an advantage here.
N. Roux
K. Monnet-Paquet
Saint-Étienne
SUBSTITUTION! Monnet-Paquet is the man who comes off for Saint-Etienne, with Roux taking his place.
Looks like we're also going to see a change for the hosts now as they attempt to claw their way back into this game, with the tie certainly not over.
Cohade steps up to take the free-kick and does indeed aim for an effort on goal, but his shot is blocked by the wall and rolls out for a corner on the left-hand side, which PSG clear.
B. Stambouli
Yellow Card
PSG
YELLOW! What an introduction for Stambouli as he picks up a caution just seconds after making his way onto the pitch, without even touching the ball. He is booked for a late lunge on Eysseric, giving Saint-Etienne a decent scoring chance from this free-kick just outside the area.
B. Stambouli
B. Matuidi
PSG
SUBSTITUTION! Here is that expected change for the visitors but it is Matuidi who is the PSG man to make way for Stambouli in a straight swap in midfield.
PSG, though, do remain a threat on the counter attack as Ibrahimovic looks to spark his side into life with a direct run down the left-hand side, before attempting to slot in Matuidi as he overlaps into the box but his pass trickles on through to Ruffier.
Christophe Galtier's side are generally in control of this second half but can't find a real opening of sorts to test Sirigu. A long ball is pumped down to Soderlund but the PSG keeper races out to claim.
A good period of pressure now for the hosts as Matuidi gives away a cheap foul, yet Cohade's delivery from deep is cleared hastily, despite initially threatening to cause danger among a cluster of bodies as it briefly bobbled free.
A dangerous delivery is swung into the box on a Saint-Etienne counter-attack yet nobody is on the end to meet it, despite the hosts having numbers in the area. Still, the cross is met on the other side to fire another straight back into the danger zone. Eysseric gets a shot away but Sirigu saves.
Pastore is called back for offside as he looks to break free in the final third. He has been a little quiet today in terms of his contribution and may be one of the players to come off as a host of PSG substitutes begin their warm-ups.
A delivery is swung into the box from deep from the free-kick yet Matuidi, not for the first time in this clash, is penalised for a foul - this time on Perrin as he swings his boot for the ball only to catch the defender.
PSG are just looking to keep hold of the ball for a while now as they work play from the right-hand side from a throw-in, before earning a free-kick for a foul against Rabiot.
Matuidi is a little over-physical in the challenge against Theophile-Catherine as the midfielder pulls onto his shirt from behind as the two tussle for the ball, giving away a free-kick on the edge of the Saint-Etienne box.
Assou-Ekotto looks to combine on the left with a team-mate, who he expects to overlap for the one-two, yet the pair are not on the same wave-length and his pass rolls out for a PSG throw just past the half-way line.
A slow start to this half - as it was for the first - with the ball bogged down in midfield. Saint-Etienne can really show their intent though if they manage to get on the ball early and find a goal to equalise the scoring, taking advantage of that momentum from the end of the first half.
SECOND HALF! We're back out and underway for the final 45 minutes of this clash.
Saint-Etienne have been handed a huge boost by the timing of that goal, I'm sure, as they head into the break just the one goal down when it looked like it was going to be two. At 2-0, the game has a complete different feel to it. The hosts had been lacking in front of goal, only threatening from long-range. Yet with just the one goal to claw back this is anybody's game again.
HALF TIME! That's the whistle for the interval with the score at 2-1 to PSG.
Kurzawa is the man who is guilty of conceding that penalty. He is late in the tackle, right on the edge of the penalty area but just on the line. That has given Saint-Etienne a life-line here.
V. Eysseric
Penalty Goal
Saint-Étienne
GOAAAL! A penalty for Saint-Etienne - and they score it! Malcuit drives in on goal, cutting in from the right to commit a challenge just inside the area. Eysseric steps up confidently and sends Sirigu the wrong way from the spot! Game on!
Saint-Etienne are moving the ball around nicely at the moment, switching play from one flank to another before attempting to cut in behind the defence with a clipped pass to Assou-Ekotto on the overlap. But they are crowded out in the final third and instead settle for a throw-in.
This scoreline is also on course to buck a recent trend. PSG have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in 5 of their previous 6 matches against today's hosts in all competitions.
That has all but ended this game as a contest, surely? Saint-Ettiene may well feel hard done-by with the score at 2-0 given the context of the game but a lack of marking for the first goal and failure to clear their lines has cost them.
E. Cavani
Assist
PSG
Cavani is the man with the assist on that one as his low delivery is poked home by the right-back.
Marquinhos
Goal
PSG
GOAAAL! Marquinhos doubles PSG's lead! The free-kick isn't properly cleared and as the visitors work the ball back out wide, a cross is swung in low inside the six-yard box and the defender is on hand to tap it in!
CHANCE! A free-kick is given to PSG from some 40-yards out - surely too far for the shot though? Not if you're Ibrahimovic, who drives a low effort on goal only to see it blocked by a wall of bodies.
Potentially dangerous play there from Soderlund as the lone striker looks to nip in between Thiago Silva and a loose ball, only to come close to catching the visiting captain with a high boot as he went for a header. Free-kick given but no caution.
Some sloppy play at the back there from PSG nearly gifts Saint-Etienne an easy opening as Malcuit closes down Cavani on the left, near the corner flag, but can only manage to tackle the ball out of play. Lucky there from the Uruguayan.
Cohade is the latest Saint-Etienne player to try their luck from distance. He was one of the players berating Eysseric for shooting from some 35-yards out just minutes ago yet takes an effort himself from a similar distance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it trickles wide of the goal.
A foul at the back now for PSG sees them handed a free-kick right on the edge of their own penalty area as David Luiz is caught in a Saint-Etienne sandwich - taking a tumble between two players. Soderlund is the notable offender, leading with an arm as he jumps.
A wild and rather speculative effort is hit towards the PSG goal by Eysseric from some distance out. It was always going to take something special to beat Sirigu from that distance, around 35-yards out, and his team-mates are understandably questioning his decision to shoot with options either side of him.
K. Malcuit
Yellow Card
Saint-Étienne
YELLOW! A late challenge from Malcuit on Ibrahimovic around the half-way line warrants the first card of the game.
And, just like that, Sirigu is called upon in the PSG goal! A period of slow, patient build-up play starts from the back for the hosts before the ball is slipped in towards Monnet-Paquet. He still has a lot of work to do from distance but cuts inside and hits a low, bobbling shot that is easy for the keeper to save.
PSG are happy to sit back at the minute and soak up the pressure - or little of it, at least, with Sirigu yet to be forced into a real save of note so far.
A delivery in from deep is whipped into the box from the free-kick but loops off a head of crowded bodies and towards the touchline. Cohade chases it down and shields the ball out for a corner on the left, yet it is cleared away from danger at the first attempt.
The hosts have on the whole looked steady in these early stages, despite finding themselves behind due to that moment of madness at the back. They win a free-kick midway through the PSG half now after Rabiot upends his opponent.
Of course, Ibrahimovic has that terrific record of scoring 14 times in 12 appearances against today's opponents, which will only add fuel to what will no doubt be already high confidence.
Ibrahimovic is causing Saint-Etienne all sorts of problems now and looks to bag a second goal straight after assisting for the opener. He runs across the defensive line and latches onto a through-ball from Pastore, with just the keeper to beat, but play is pulled back for offside - luckily for the hosts.
Z. Ibrahimović
Assist
PSG
Great spot from Ibrahimovic there with the pass, but that is sloppy defending from the hosts who are caught far too high up the pitch with neither central defensive options close enough to their man.
E. Cavani
Goal
PSG
GOAAAAL! Out of nowhere, we have the first goal of the game! Ibrahimovic picks up the ball from midway through the hosts half and spots the run of Cavani through the middle. The Uruguayan manages to sneak in between Theophile-Catherine and Perrin and roll an effort into the net with ease!
A sluggish start to proceedings with little to shout about - but that hasn't stopped the home fans from bouncing up and down on their feet. They are in full voice tonight as they look to roar their side on into the semi-finals of the competitions.
A first sign of goal falls to the visitors but it is faint, at best, as Cavani drives down the right-hand side and floats in a cross towards Ibrahimovic inside the area, but the big Swede cannot get enough of his head to the ball.
It has been a bit of a midfield battle so far in these early stages with neither side able to threaten in the final third. PSG attempt to drive forward through the centre of the pitch but play is closed down in the penalty area, allowing Saint-Etienne to win the ball and restart from the back.
Cavani takes a tumble in his own half near the corner flag - under a challenge from Malcuit - as he looks to shield the ball and lay a pass off to a team-mate. He wins the free-kick. Fairly steady start here so far.
KICK OFF! And we're underway in the first half!
Laurent Blanc names a strong starting XI tonight. Only Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria miss out with groin and inflammation injuries respectively. Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the line – he has 14 goals in 12 games against Saint-Etienne. Christophe Galtier, on the other hand, is without Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Romain Hamouma, while Oussama Tannane also misses out due to a family bereavement.
Substitutes: Moulin, Tabanou, Pierre-Gabriel, Clement, Pajot, Roux, Maupay.
Saint-Etienne XI (3-4-3): Ruffier; Theophile-Catherine, Perrin, Pogba; Malcuit, Selnaes, Cohade, Assou-Ekotto; Monnet-Paquet, Soderlund, Eysseric.
Substitutes: Trapp, Maxwell, Georgen, Njunku, Stambouli, Lucas, Augustin.
PSG XI (4-3-3): Sirigu; Kurzawa, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marquinhos; Matuidi, Motta, Rabiot; Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.
Paris Saint-Germain will hope to bounce back from a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon on Sunday in a clash that smashed their dreams of an unbeaten campaign in Ligue 1 - ending a 36-game unbeaten run. Saint-Etienne are their opponents tonight in a match-up that sees the current league leaders take on a team who sit seventh.
Hello and welcome to live commentary from the Coupe de France as Saint-Etienne host Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final with a last-four spot at stake.
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