PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 1-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Paris Saint-Germain are out of the Coupe de France as Olympique Lyonnais humbled them 3-1 at the Parc des Princes last night and subsequently ending Carlo Ancelotti’s competitive unbeaten run since taking over last December.
Coming up against a spirited Les Gones side, the hosts were kept at bay by an inspired Hugo Lloris who kept his team in it with a number of world class saves and was undoubtedly the man of the match.
Ancelotti rang the changes with Javier Pastore and Guillaume Hoarau dropping to the bench as Nene returned to the fold after his suspension at the weekend. Kevin Gameiro led the line up top, Nicolas Douchez took his place in goal and Sylvain Armand – making his 350th appearance for the club – was made skipper as Mamadou Sakho was rested.
Remi Garde’s men enjoyed the better of it in the early going but were soon pegged back as Nene converted from the penalty spot after Samuel Umtiti’s handball.
Lyon were soon back on level terms via a beautiful free-kick by Swede Kim Kallstrom with the men in white capitalising on that to take the lead five minutes before half-time. Kallstrom was again involved as he played the ball across the face of goal for Lisandro Lopez who was on hand to tuck home past Douchez.
PSG peppered the Lyonnais goal after the interval but were up against an inspired Lloris who made a string of world class saves to deny Christophe Jallet and Jeremy Menez to name a few.
Bafetimbi Gomis put the game to bed in stoppage time from the spot after Jallet had brought down Michel Bastos and ended any prospect of the capital club competing for silverware at the Stade de France this season.
Attention now switches solely to Ligue 1 glory but Monsieur Ancelotti finds the defeat as a bitter pill to swallow. He told the club’s Official Site: “It’s a big disappointment this evening. Obviously I’m upset by the loss because I think our second half was very good and I don’t think we deserved to lose. We had a number of scoring chances. It’s never easy to accept losing at home, but now we need to bounce back on Sunday against Bordeaux. The objective now is to be 100 per cent for the rest of the Ligue 1 season. We need to work towards playing 90 minutes of quality football in each of our remaining ten league matches.”