Marseille 2-1 PSG: Lionel Messi and Co are DUMPED OUT of the Coupe de France after Alexis Sanchez’s penalty and a Ruslan Malinovsky thunderbolt sends Igor Tudor’s men through to the quarter-finals
- Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Marseille
- Sergio Ramos, who conceded the penalty, then equalised before half-time
- Ruslan Malinovsky restored Marseille’s lead with a thunderbolt to make it 2-1
Paris Saint-Germain’s miserable start to the year continued when they were knocked out of the Coupe de France last 16 by bitter rivals Marseille on Wednesday.
Marseille, who had only beaten PSG twice since the capital side were taken over by Qatar Sport Investment (QSI) in 2011, reached the quarter-finals thanks to an Alexis Sanchez penalty and a Ruslan Malinovskyi thunderbolt after Sergio Ramos’s first-half equaliser.
PSG have now lost three times already in 2023 and the Cup defeat comes less than a week before they take on Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 first leg.
Without the injured Kylian Mbappe, who will also miss the Bayern clash, PSG struggled and according to captain Marquinhos, they will now need to ‘shut (their) mouth and work’ to bounce back.
‘They pressed high and we did not manage to break the lines. It hurts because it was a Cup game against our great rival,’ Marquinhos added.
Marseille have knocked holders PSG out of the Coupe de France and progress to the last eight
Ruslan Malinovsky scored a thunderous shot to win the cup tie for Marseille on Wednesday
Marseille coach Igor Tudor revelled in their victory.
‘Amazing guys, they’re champions. It’s awesome for the club,’ he said.
Marseille went ahead on 31 minutes when Sanchez converted a penalty after Cengiz Under had been brought down by Ramos, giving the hosts a deserved advantage after a lively start.
Ramos, however, made up for his mistake as he headed home Neymar’s corner two minutes into first-half stoppage time, shortly after the Brazilian had hit the post with an 18-metre strike.
Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock for Marseille on the half-hour mark for Marseille
The former Man United and Arsenal forward wheels away in celebration after scoring
The Marseille players celebrate while flares are set off in the crowd at the Stade Velodrome
MARSEILLE: (4-3-3) Lopez; Mbemba, Gigot, Kolasinac (Kabore 63), Under (Ounahi 86); Rongier, Veretout, Guendouzi; Clauss, Malinovsky, Sanchez (Vitinha 90)
Subs not used: Blanco (GK); Elmaz, Payet
Goals: Sanchez (PEN 31), Malinovsky (57)
Bookings: Guendouzi (48), Mbemba (49)
Coach: Igor Tudor
PSG: (4-1-3-2) Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos, Mendes; Pereira (Zaire-Emery 63); Ruiz, Vitinha (Ekitike 63), Verratti (Soler 76); Neymar, Messi
Subs not used: Letellier (GK), Rico (GK); Bernat, Bitshiabu, Gharbi, Pembele
Goals: Ramos (45+2)
Bookings: Mendes (64)
Coach: Christophe Galtier
Referee: Francois Letexier
Venue: Stade Velodrome (Marseille)
The Velodrome stadium then came to the boil when Malinovskyi, who joined on loan from Atalanta last month, beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with a vicious half-volley from just outside the box that went into the top corner.
Ramos had a goal disallowed for offside in added time in a nail-biting finale as Marseille defended tooth and nail.
Elsewhere, Olympique Lyonnais knocked out Lille 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
AJ Auxerre were beaten 3-2 at home by Ligue 2 side Rodez, who advanced after scoring with all three of their attempts on target.
The draw for the quarter-finals will be made on Thursday.
Sergio Ramos, who conceded the penalty, then equalised before half-time for PSG
The defender powered in a header seconds before the break to level the scores
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