If you want to make a stand after the defeat at Olympique Lyonnais last Sunday, then going to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and winning 3-1 is not a bad way to do it. The Coupe de France holders PSG overcame Saint-Etienne in the quarter-final and subsequently booked a rendezvous at Lorient on April 19th/20th.
Goals from Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos and Lucas Moura were enough to ensure qualification despite a late first-half penalty from Valentin Eysseric.
Coach Laurent Blanc was thrilled with the response of his players after the defeat to Les Gones. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “It’s always tough to play and win at Saint-Etienne. At 2-0 it was a good contest. We made an error that cost us a penalty and got Saint-Etienne back into the match. We could have avoided a difficult second half, but Paris deserved to qualify. The best response after the loss to Lyon was the response we gave tonight. The players asked the tough questions of themselves. We rediscovered certain values that were absent on Sunday night.”
The president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was delighted to see PSG’s “true face” come through on the night after the disappointment three nights prior. He said; “We played a good match. After the loss to Lyon, we showed Paris Saint-Germain’s true face. It’s important for the confidence, because we have a very important match next week against Chelsea. Now we need to recover so we can prepare well for our next two matches.”
The opening goal came from ‘El Matador’ who slotted the ball beautifully into the net following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s defence splitting pass. The Inzaghi-like celebration that ensued from Cavani showed again just how much scoring goals means to him. After a tough spell since the turn of the year that is now three goals in his last four.
The second came from an unlikely source in Marquinhos who started at right-back. This may be a key indication that the number 5 will start in that position at Stamford Bridge next week. His goal was an easy tap in (right place, right time). The ball was played across by Zlatan, Cavani touched, and there was the defender with a poacher’s finish.
Eysseric gave Les Verts some hope with a penalty in the dying embers of the first-half but we would still prevail after the interval. Despite Javier Pastore hitting the woodwork, Lucas saved the best goal till last in stoppage time. The Brazilian jinked his way past three green shirts and finished past Stephane Ruffier.
It was the perfect response at a difficult ground to play at. It keeps the back-to-back quadruple dream alive and rebuilds the momentum ahead of the trip to London next week.
Next up, Montpellier this Saturday at the Parc.