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Match Report

PSG vs Juventus

The pressure of the first knock-out fixture seemed to affect both teams and what would prove to be a thrilling game had a somewhat tentative start.

It was Paris St Gemain who had the first clear opportunity; an excellent through ball split the defence and found Sainrimat in the clear but his effort was well blocked by Vigouroux.

This sparked the London side into life and moments later Coulthirst would have opened the scoring were it not for the brave efforts of Arrondel.

Spurs began to look the more in control of the two sides as Velokovik and Bentaleb controlled the tempo of the game from midfield and offered good service to the hard working Coulthirst up front.

The away side’s domination soon paid off and a strong aerial challenge by McEvoy saw the ball fall for Coulthirst who ran into the box, wrong footed the defender and drove the ball into the net to put Tottenham one ahead at the break.

PSG stepped up the pace in the second half and forced Spurs to defend deeper, creating several goal scoring opportunities. Were it not for the defensive efforts of Ward and Velokovic, amongst others, PSG could easily have scored a couple in the opening twenty minutes of the half.

Their hard work was rewarded in the 65th minute when Sainrimat, who had looked dangerous the entire match, found the equaliser.

The home side continued to attack and came close on several occasions. A penetrating run from Nkomb saw him break through Spurs’ back line only to be foiled by Vigouroux with just ten minutes to go. Then in the final minute PSG thought they had sealed it, only for Vigouroux to somehow combine with his defender to keep Chemin’s powerful effort out.

Germain were unable to sustain their heavy pressure and extra time saw few chances for either side; this was unsurprising considering the frantic pace of the second period.

This led to the first penalty shootout of the season and it was the Spurs keeper who emerged the hero. After four players had kept their nerve for Tottenham, on Paris st.Germain’s fourth effort Vigouroux guessed the correct way and won his team a place in the quarter-finals.


Spurs will find out who they face at 10:00 Friday morning when the draw is made. Click here to follow the draw live on twitter.

vsTottenham Hotspur FC
Paris St. GermainTottenham Hotspur

Sainrimat 65'

Coulthirst 34'

Venue: St Germain en Laye Date: 20 Feb 2013, 17.00 LOCAL time

Paris St. Germain:

Line up: Maignan, Ikoko, Sabaly, Conte, Arrondel, Lacazette, Coman, Mbaka, Sainrimat-Moreira , Ongenda, Chemin

Subs: Kimpembe, Lambese, Nkomb Nkomb, Diaxiese, Helin, Pereira, Bambock

Coach: Bechkoura


Tottenham Hotspur:

Line up: Vigouroux, Barthram, Ward, Velokovic, Ball, Stewart, McEvoy, Bentaleb, Coulthirst, Winks, Lameiras

Subs: Dombaye, Priestley, Oglivie, Lesniak, Mceneff, Michael-Percil, Akindayin

Coach: Mcdermott