On the back of eight matches without defeat in all competitions, Paris Saint-Germain headed to Annecy and a showdown with Evian, 16th in Ligue 1, as red hot favourites for their Coupe de France quarter-final. In a packed out Parc des Sports, ETG had the firm intention of causing an upset and deny the capital club a first ever domestic league and cup double.
Carlo Ancelotti's men came out firing. Beckham's precision cross field ball released Jallet down the right and he drove the ball in hard to the edge of the area where Pastore controlled and sent a powerful half-volley that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar (0-1, 8'). It was the perfect start for the visitors and a stunning way to open their account.
Evian were rocked by the goal and it took nearly 20 minutes for them to play their way back into the game. Directly in front of goal, 20m out, Rabiu sent a missile at goal where PSG 'keeper Douchez managed to turn it behind (24'). Khlifa was next to try his luck from distance and this time Douchez punched clear (27'). Paris then had a chance when Thiago Silva, from a Beckham corner, saw his volley repelled by the hosts' 'keeper Laquait (29').
Pastore (41') and Alex (42') both went close to doubling the away side's advantage. Just as Evian looked to be holding on for the half time break, they launched a counterattack that saw Sagbo drive into the area and cross low to the back post where Khlifa was on hand to turn the ball home unmarked (1-1, 43').
After the break, Paris went in search of the lead, led by Swedish star striker Ibrahimovic who saw his subtle deflection turned around the post by Laquait (49'), before he volleyed Jallet's cross against the post (56'). TheminutestickedbyandtheParisiansstarted to suffer physically in their sixth game in just 20 days.
As the game headed into extra-time there was more and more space to attack. Gameiro (102') and Lavezzi (112') were denied by an inspired Laquait, before Ibrahimovic saw his effort flash agonisingly wide (120+2'). That meant penalties! The ETG 'keeper completed his stunning evening with a save to deny Ibrahimovic, before Thiago Silva's effort crashed off the crossbar… Barbosa accepted the task of transforming the final spot kick for Pascal Dupraz's side.
Down on their luck this Wednesday, Les Parisiens need to get over the disappointment as quickly as possible because there are some big matches coming up, starting this Sunday, at home to Nice, with the aim of edging a little closer still to the Ligue 1 title...