Dijon FCO 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Nene’s first-half strike was enough was to ensure no upset as Le Parisiens now look forward to the latter stages.
The goal came about from some persistence and desire from Nene just before the quarter-of-an-hour mark. The Brazilian created an opportunistic moment for himself by pressurising goalkeeper Baba Tchagouni into a mistake, intercepting his poor first touch and diligently slotting the ball home from a near impossible angle to the delight of Carlo Ancelotti. The number 10 immediately saluted the travelling Parisians before being embraced by his grateful peers.
He could have made it two 10 minutes before half-time but his effort crept agonisingly wide to the left of Tchagouni. He and Jeremy Menez once again remonstrated how pivotal they are in the attacking third, linking up spectacularly as they have done all season.
Striker Brice Jovial posed the biggest threat to the PSG backline, testing stand-in goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez on a couple of occasions. His nimble feet gave his opponents food for thought, backing off him at times and allowing him the space to try his luck at goal.
Nevertheless, the visitors held on and book their place in the quarter-finals for the eighth time in 10 years.
The Coach was delighted with the victory, believing it is good for the momentum ahead of the massive top of the table clash with Montpellier. As reported by the club’s Official Site, Ancelotti said; “The most important thing tonight is the victory. I think we played well, and even if we have scored only once, we could have made a difference on several occasions. We had some difficulties near the end, but the main thing was to win to keep the good momentum and that’s good for confidence before hosting Montpellier (this Sunday) “.