Match Report: Dijon 3-2 PSG


Paris Saint-Germain will be kicking themselves after surrendering a two goal lead to Dijon this afternoon and subsequently being knocked out of the Coupe de le Ligue.

Jean Christophe Bahebeck and Mevlut Erding had put the visitors in cruise control, only to capitulate and allow the hosts to take the spoils, booking a place in the last-eight.

Both teams opted to rest a number of marquee names. DFCO’s Benjamin Corgnet and Mehdi Courgnaud sat it where as Parisian Coach Antoine Kombouare opted to put Nene, Kevin Gameiro and Javier Pastore on the bench.

The first ten minutes were rather laboured with much of the play shared equally in midfield. Mevlut Erding had the first real test on goal in the sixth minute as he smacked the upright after Christophe Jallet played the ball in at the near post which caused confusion to the Dijon defence.

PSG began to control the game and took the lead via a sublime free-kick by 18-year-old Jean-Christophe Bahebeck who diligently lofted the ball from 20-yards out over the Dijon wall and leaving keeper Baba Tchagouni rooted to the spot.

That set the tone for the men in white as they began to dictate the game. Things got even better when Mevlut Erding doubled the lead in the 21st minute. Jeremy Menez, who had been superb all game picked the ball up from the left before cutting inside towards the penalty area, bamboozling Zakara Diallo in the process, and played it across goal for the Turkish international to dink home.

Creating chances and controlling possession, PSG shot themselves in the foot by conceding two quick goals. Diego Lugano was judged to have brought down Brice Jovial in the area on the half-hour mark by referee Alexandre Castro and awarded a penalty – coolly dispatched by skipper Younousse Sankhare. Then some improvisation by Jovila to cut inside from the right and slip in Florin Berenguer resulted in the Frenchman hammering it past Nicolas Douchez’s right to grab the equaliser.

After the interval both Jallet and Bahebeck had half chances to restore the lead but could not find the back of the net. Then amazingly, DFCO took the lead after – once again – being awarded  a penalty. This time Zoumana Camara handled in the box after failing to get it out of the way from an incoming shot. Despite his best effort, Douchez was unable to deny Jovial’s spot-kick as the Stade Gaston Gerard sparked into jubilation.

Bahebeck then nearly bettered his earlier free-kick with another but rattled the crossbar with an out-swinging effort, nearly catching Tchagouni unawares – who may have been expecting a cross.

In the 70th minute, Kombouare called upon Nene and Kevin Gameiro to try and make a difference. Ligue 1’s top goalscorer Gameiro very nearly did but amazingly rattled the crossbar from four-yards out after Menez did exceptionally well to send the ball across goal.

PSG continued to press, even sending Diego Lugano up top as a makeshift centre-forward but to no avail. The hosts held on to claim a famous win and dump the Parisians out of the competition in the process.

The defeat is all the more frustrating due to the control they had on the game up until conceding the first penalty. From there on in it somewhat deflated them and gave Dijon hope.

Being eliminated from any competition is a bitter pill to swallow but Kombouare will be seeking a response against Caen this weekend to continue the momentum in the league.

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