It was the perfect night for Paris Saint-Germain who booked a place in the semi-final of the Coupe de France thanks to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Monaco at the Parc des Princes. The dream of the domestic treble remains well on track!
For a whole 90 minutes last Sunday in the league meeting we were starved of a goal but it took the hosts just three minutes to open the scoring thanks to David Luiz. The big haired Brazilian had two bites of the cherry as he got in between Fabinho and Jeremy Toulalan to head home an Ezequiel Lavezzi corner.
Luiz came back into the centre of defence after his midfield exploits in Monte Carlo. Marquinhos was ushered out to right-back with Lucas Digne on the opposite side. Adrien Rabiot was given the anchorman duties in midfield and impressed. Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani were the three men in attack.
Some of the football we played was exquisite. The interplay was as good as it has been all season and there was a prime example which resulted in Cavani having a shot blocked by Uwa Echiejile. Blaise Matuidi, Pastore and Digne were all involved in some quick snappy passing with the French left-back pulling the ball back for Matador who was unable to score.
Les Rouges et Blancs played their way back into proceedings. They were mightily unlucky not to level as Alain Traore rattled the crossbar with a stunning freekick that had Nicolas Douchez rooted to the spot. Coach Leonardo Jardim had made seven changes to his side and you could see that they were a whole lot sharper than last weekend.
The skipper Thiago Silva was immense yet again. He suffered a nasty whack to the face from a flailing Dimitar Berbatov arm but that did not hinder his desire. The defence as a whole was terrific.
After the interval we went up a gear and gave Monaco nothing. The football was exceptional at times, controlled and the crowd was buoyant. It really was a terrific half of football from our perspective.
Cavani bagged his 18th goal of the season in the 52nd minute to make it 2-0. Verratti made the goal with a defence splitting pass but the composure from Edi to round Maarten Stekelenburg and finish off the post was just as impressive.
We had so many chances to kill the game off in style. Cavani and Pastore both hit the woodwork in the space of 10 seconds. El Flaco then missed an absolute sitter with a gaping goal at his mercy but blasted his shot over the bar. That does not disparage his performance though. The Argentine was outstanding! He set the precedent for us in attack.
So it finished 2-0 in the end with our name in the hat for the draw tomorrow night. Saint-Etienne are already there as Christophe Galtier watched our exploits from the stands. Now it is down to the likes of Brest, Auxerre, Concarneau and Guingamp to join us.