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Match Report: PSG 1-3 Lyon

Thursday 22nd March 2012
Lyon came from behind to beat PSG 3-1 and reach the Semi-Finals of the Coupe de France at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening.

Nenê scored a penalty to give the hosts the lead before Kim Källström equalized straight away with a free-kick. Lisandro Lopez then gave Lyon the lead before Bafétimbi Gomis scored an injury time penalty to knock Carlo Ancelotti's men out of the Cup, in what was the Italian manager's first loss at the club.

The teams had only met three weeks ago, in a game which ended 4-4 after Lyon conceded a two goal lead.

Lyon started the brighter, controlling the possession and tempo of the game. Despite this Kevin Gamerio nearly put PSG into an early lead, but luckily for the visitors Hugo Lloris was aware and raced off his line to deal with the danger.

PSG did eventually take the lead. Samuel Umtiti charged down a cross and referee Clémet Turpin‎ awarded a penalty for handball. The spot kick was coolly slotted away by Nenê, who sent Lloris the wrong way.

But the hosts' lead lasted a matter of minutes, as a Källström free kick punished PSG keeper Nicolas Douchez for not staying on his line, leaving him only able to watch the ball float over his head.

Lloris was then called upon to keep the scores level. Jérémy Menez was causing problems for Lyon, who were fortunate that Gamerio wasted another opportunity to score from the winger's cross.

Källström was then involved again, his brilliant cross from the left deceived everyone apart from Lopez who was lurking at the back post to tuck the visitors into a half-time lead.

Ancelotti then threw on Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore and Guillaume Hoarau and he got a response. PSG carved open a number of chances, all of which Lloris was equal to. The best fell to Christophe Jalle who, after being played through by Pastore, could only fire at the inspired keeper.

Gomis then raced down the right and squared for Lopez who could only blaze over with an open goal to aim for. Fortunately for Lyon the chance didn't cost them and the game was dead and buried when Gomis scored a penalty in stoppage time. Michel Bastos did well to bring down a long ball before surging into the box only to be chopped down by the beaten Jallet.

Lyon will now face a tough tie against third-tier giant-killers Gazelec Ajaccio for a place in the final.
Glenn Noble

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