Four consecutive Ligue 1 defeats... enough is enough! PSG returned to winning ways in the French Cup – a competition that means so much to the capital club – with a 1-0 win away to valiant Vesoul.

The home side had nothing to lose and set out to cause an upset from the outset with Etonde seeing his effort flash just centimetres wide of Edel’s goal (6’). Antoine Kombouaré’s side replied in kind with Sakho and Ngoyi denied by Mouge (8’). But the hosts’ ‘keeper could do nothing to prevent the Parisians going in front with their next chance.

Released by Sessegnon, and beating the offside trap Giuly opened the scoring with a consummate finish (0-1, 16’). The synthetic pitch at the Stade René-Hologne was covered in snow and both sides struggled with the difficult conditions. Maire (68’) and Djebaïli (82’) for Vesoul and Erding (81’) for Paris tried, but failed to worry the scorers.

PSG’s win sees them move to within two games of the Stade de France, a second home for the capital club in recent seasons with four finals in the last five years. But before then, it’s back to Ligue 1 action and a trip to Nancy, to get back to winning ways in Ligue 1 too.