Monday, March 20, 2023

Marseille pulls off unusual win against PSG in French Cup

Marseille recorded their first home win in more than a decade against Paris Saint-Germain and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France with a 2-1 win over their arch-rivals on Wednesday.

Cheered on by crowds of supporters arriving at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille looked dominant against PSG for the time being, at least since the capital team began to dominate French football with resources provided by its Qatari investors. Did.

Marseille’s previous wins at the Velodrome against PSG in all competitions date back to November 2011.

Chile’s Alexis Sánchez put the locals ahead in “Le Classique”, and Ukrainian midfielder Ruslan Malinovsky scored the winning goal after Spanish Sergio Ramos equalised.

“We are happy to advance to the next round. The French Cup is one of our goals”, said Marseille captain Valentin Rongier. “Our fans were waiting for that win. We are very happy to share it with them.”

This is PSG’s third defeat this season. It came before a big test.

The Parisians will host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 match on February 14.

Igor Tudor’s lead exerted intense pressure from the opening whistle and unsettled PSG.

Marseille took the lead after referee François Letexier flagged a Ramos free kick on Sanchez. within the area. The Chilean outplayed goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to convert the penalty after 31 minutes, making it his 11th goal in a Marseille jersey.

Just before the break, Ramos found himself unmarked in the box and headed in a corner to level the game.

PSG, who were missing Kylian Mbappe due to injury, played with more intensity in the second half and the match was more balanced.

But Marseille took the lead in the 57th minute when Malinowski, who joined the southern outfit during the winter transfer window, fired a superb shot past Donnarumma from outside the box.

The first and second tier of the French league is occupied by PSG and Marseille. They will meet again at the Velodrome on 26 February in a league match.

Also on Wednesday, Nantes drew 1–1 on penalties in Angers before progressing to the quarter-finals.

Lyon squandered a two-goal lead to beat First Division rivals Lille 4–2 after drawing 2–2 in regulation, but also progressed on penalties.

Second division Rodez beat Auxerre 3–2. Grenoble and Annecy also advanced, while Reims lost 3–1 at Toulouse.

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