In the end it took a dubious penalty three minutes from time to send PSG into the last-16 of the Coupe de France. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to net the all-decisive spot-kick that came after Uro Spajic brought down Layvin Kurzawa in the box. The left-back seemed to take a dramatic tumble as Spajic wildly swung a leg out but contact – if any – seemed minimal. Nevertheless, the defender gave the referee a decision to make and thankfully we reaped the rewards from it.
It was not a vintage performance by any means. Our first-half was abject at best and the visitors went into the interval with a deserved 1-0 lead. Coach Laurent Blanc unsurprisingly rang the changes from the last meeting. Presnel Kimpembe came in for Marquinhos. Edinson Cvaani started in place of Ibra as the sole striker and surprisingly Hervin Ongenda started in a midfield trio. The youngster was our best player for me. He was our brightest spark in the opening 45 minutes and continued after the break. His role in that trio was kind of a free one. He was allowed to go out wide at times, come inside when needed and gave an Javier Pastore-esc display. Not to go overboard of course but he certainly did well in that role.
We went behind thanks to some slack defending. TFC cut us to ribbons in truth to produce a beautifully worked goal. David Luiz however was guilty for playing Adrien Regattin onside and he was able to square the ball for Fracois Moubandje to tuck home into an empty net.
Despite star man Wissam Ben Yedder being on the bench, Dominque Arrinage’s men were largely comfortable. We had a few chances on goal but not enough to seriously concern our opponents.
Our equaliser came in the second-half from a corner which Luiz did exceptionally well to meet with his head and thrust the ball past Mauro Goicoechea. The Uruguayan stood no chance of stopping it but his post was unmarked. Had a Toulouse body been there, it may have been cleared.
We were certainly in the ascendency during that period. That did not stop Regattin from trying his luck from about 50-yards out and nearly catching Salvatore Sirigu out. As a result the Italian picked up an injury to his thigh.
Just as we thought the game was heading for an extra 30 minutes, we were awarded a penalty. It did look soft but as I said, when you fling a leg out so recklessly it gives the referee a decision to make. Up stepped the big man and there was never a doubt. The holders go through to the next round.
The thought of another domestic quadruple is insane. It is unprecedented. But, it’s a real possibility for this team who have notched up 10 straight wins in all competitions.