PSG managed to come out of the first leg quarter-final Champions League match against Barcelona with a 2-2 draw. However, PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti was disappointed after the match as he questioned the integrity of Barcelona striker Alex Sanchez. Ancelotti said that the Chilean international took a clear dive in order to win the penalty late in the match. The penalty was converted by midfielder Xavi and it looked to have given Barcelona a strong foothold in the tie. However, an injury time goal from Blaise Matuidi helped PSG get back on level terms and give them hope going into the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Ancelotti said that the 24-year-old Sanchez conned the referee in order to win a penalty. Even though PSG have managed to draw the match, they are at a disadvantage in the tie due to the away goals conceded. Ancelotti has said that he has several occasions of Sanchez diving in order to win penalties. On the other hand, Ancelotti said that is extremely proud of his players to fight back on two occasions to level the match. Earlier, Lionel Messi has given Barcelona lead in the first half only to see their former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalise in the 79th minute.
“Alexis looked for the goalkeeper, it was not a penalty. It was a gift from the referee. We have experience with Alexis, in the friendly in August he also dived. We know him. He likes to dive. It is nothing new. It was a good game. We played well in the first few minutes but it got complicated. We used a lot of energy to level the score. We have opportunities for the return game. It is still open, even if it will not be easy. We showed that we can compete against Barca,” said Ancelotti.
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Paris Saint-Germain has defeated Olympique de Marseille in a match of Coupe De France played at Parc des Princes on Wednesday. PSG won the match by 2-0.
These two teams had locked horns with each other three days back as well. PSG had won that match also by the same margin.
With this win, PSG made its way into the quarter finals of the tournament.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the hero of PSG’s victory in this match. Both the goals were scored by him.
Ibrahimovic had scored a goal in the last match against Marseille as well.
For this match, David Beckham was included in the starting line up of PSG and he played for 86 minutes.
Both the teams began the match in a steady manner. There were not too many goal scoring chances created in the first 25 minutes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic got an opportunity around half an hour mark, but, his shot was cleared by Steve Mandanda and that opportunity went begging.
Ibrahimovic made up for that lost chance just a few minutes later. Chantome’s long ball fell in the way of Ibrahimovic who went past Mandanda and then, slotted the ball into the post to take PSG ahead.
PSG earned a penalty in the 19th minute of the second half and Ibrahimovic took the shot. The Swedish striker didn’t miss out on that chance. With a powerful shot, he sent the ball into the bottom corner of the net and made the score 2-0 in the favour of his side.
After that second goal, the PSG team changed its approach a bit. They were not attacking that much. They were just trying to make sure that they wouldn’t concede any goal. They succeeded in their intention. They didn’t let Marseille find the net even once and won the match comfortably.
PSG’s next match will be a Ligue 1 clash against Reims on Saturday.