PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 3-1 Toulouse
Paris Saint-Germain showed their versatility as well as their flair on Wednesday night in the impressive 3-1 win over Toulouse in the last-32 of the Coupe de France.
Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alex, Thiago Motta and Salvatore Sirigu, the lads who came in put on a show with some of the most attractive football played by a Parisien side all season.
In particular the Argentines, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi , whorevelled as the two supporting attacking outlets for lone man Kevin Gameiro. The striker was replaced at half-time by Jeremy Menez who played like a man possessed. He was in the thick of everything good for the home side in an attacking sense. His link-up play was excellent, his urgency was admirable and he ultimately made the difference as PSG took the spoils.
Despite Toulouse’s equaliser via Franck Tabnou after Gameiro had given us an eighth minute lead, the visitors offered very little in the final third. We overpowered them in midfield and they could not deal with the array of attacking intent from our players. Nevertheless, Sylvain Armand who came into the centre of defence – as skipper as well – played admirably despite the visitors conservative approach, as too Mamadou Sakho. Gregory Van der Wiel down the right flank had a terrific game in truth, something we have not seen much of since he arrived from Ajax last summer. He was a thorn in TFC’s side as he buccaneered forward to link up with Pastore and Lavezzi.
No question though that the man of the match was Jezza Menez. What a role he played in his 45 minutes. It was he who orchestrated the goals for Pastore and Lavezzi. The third typified his night as he burst through the middle, bore in on goal before slipping the ball through two defenders for Lavezzi to dink home with ease. A truly superb goal, which bettered the one from Pastore18 minutes earlier.
The win means we will now face either Marseille or Rouen in the last-16. Mouths drooling at the possibility of a classique if Elie Baup’s men overcome the minnows.