Heated and protected from the cold all week, the Parc des Princes pitch was in near perfect condition to host the Parisian Cup derby. The match saw several thousand fans turn out and the match was played in excellent spirits on and off the pitch.

The four divisions which separate the two sides were very quickly apparent. Steve Marlet and his teammates barely had time to appreciate the moment before Peguy Luyindula had the ball in the back of the net from a Christophe Jallet cross (1-0, 11’). That’s what is usually called: ‘The ideal start!’

In naming a strong starting XI from the outset, Antoine Kombouaré was certainly expecting his side to take control of proceedings. Having opened the scoring, Luyindula then turned provider, releasing Mevlut Erding to calmly slot home the second of the evening, one-on-one with the ‘keeper (2-0, 23’).

Just minutes later and it was on again. Erding this time, providing the pass for Luyindula to dink over the Kerboriou as the capital club ran away with things (3-0, 38’). Paris headed to the changing rooms with a comfortable advantage!

While the temperature just kept on descending, the PSG fans were warming their hands in appreciation of an excellent Clement Chantôme. Playing on the left of midfield, his performance was rewarded with goal number four (4-0, 65’). Just before the fourth goal Marlet had the chance to pull one back for the visitors but was denied by Edel (58’)!

Nicolas Anelka congratulates Jean-Eudes Maurice scorer of the fifth goal.

Second-half substitutes Ludovic Giuly (62’), Younousee Sankharé (71’) and Maurice (76e) introduced some fresh legs. From a Sankharé cross, Giuly earned a penalty, converted by Maurice (5-0, 81’). In their last three outings (Grenoble, Vannes and Aubervilliers), PSG has scored 13 unanswered goals…