Saint-Colomban Locime 1-2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Diego Lugano’s injury time winner saved the blushes of Carlo Ancelotti in his first competitive game in charge of Paris Saint-Germain against Saint-Colomban Locime in the Coupe de France.
The Uruguayan’s header from a diligent Nene cross in the dying embers cruelly sent the fifth tier minnows crashing out of the competition after a valiant display which could have gone either way.
Due to their 450 seater stadium not being suitable for a game of such magnitude, it took place at Lorient’s Stade du Moustoir with the home fans generating a rapturous atmosphere. They nearly exploded in the early going as striker Abou Maiga could have given them a dream start as he peeled away from the Parisian defence but rattled Salvatore Sirigu’s right-hand post with his toe.
The game was relatively even throughout the first-half in truth. PSG tried their luck on goal, only to be denied by goalkeeper and skipper Erwann Flegeo who was in prime form. The 35-year-old produced a stunning one handed save to deny Mohamed Sissoko’s fierce volley from 25 yards out and quickly followed that up with a superb catch to deny Guillaume Hoarau’s looping effort.
Maiga was proving to be a real handful for the hosts up top, doing excellently to bamboozle Mamadou Sakho on the right-hand side before cutting infield but his subsequent shot was denied by the foot of Sirigu.
After the break, PSG began to enforce their superiority and took the lead in the 51st minute thanks to Javier Pastore. The Argentine bore in on goal from Nene’s defence splitting pass only for Flegeo to deny his initial effort but could do nothing to prevent him tapping in the rebound.
Ancelotti’s men rarely threatened on goal after that and sat back, allowing Locmine to come back at them. Their determination soon paid off as Sakho brought down Fabrice Peru in the box resulting in a penalty that was coolly converted by Maiga to make it 1-1.
With the game drawing to a close both sides had their chance to nick it. The Parisians poured into the opposition’s half deep into stoppage time and Diego Lugano of all people was there to head in Nene’s ball from the left and send the Ligue 1 leaders into the next round.
The scenes at the end epitomised the nature of the game as the PSG players gave Locmine a guard of honour as they departed the pitch – a real show of respect.
Monsieur Ancelotti posed for photographs with his counterpart Didier Noblet and look almightily relieved that he kicked off his new life in France with a win.
Next up, Toulouse at the Parc des Princes this Saturday.