PSG, Montpellier, Nice advance to quarter-finals

Reuters, PARIS

Fri, Nov 02, 2012 - Page 18

Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic dominance continued on Wednesday when the Qatar-backed club qualified for the French League Cup quarter-finals by knocking out holders Olympique de Marseille with a 2-0 win at the Parc des Princes.

Thiago Silva converted a spot kick after l’OM were reduced to 10 men before the break and Jeremy Menez wrapped it up in the second half as PSG smoothly advanced.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side took full advantage after Marseille defender Rod Fanni was shown a straight red card in the 28th minute for a foul on Menez in the box.

Thiago Silva converted the resulting penalty by wrong footing Steve Mandanda and Mareseille, who won the last three editions of the competition, barely bothered the hosts.

Menez made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half, firing home from close range after collecting a brilliant Javier Pastore through-ball.

PSG were joined in the last eight by Montpellier Herault and OGC Nice on Wednesday.

French champions Montpellier needed just one Jonathan Tinhan goal to prevail 1-0 at home to Girondins de Bordeaux, who failed to level the match after Cyril Jeunechamps was sent off eight minutes from time.

Olympique Lyonnais were knocked out 3-1 at Nice, conceding three goals in the first 15 minutes.

Bafetimbi Gomis canceled out Valentin Eysseric’s opener, only for Mahamane Traore and Renato Civelli to score for Nice in the ninth and 15th minutes respectively after some awful defending by the visitors.

The SC Bastia-AJ Auxerre game was called off because of bad weather, with the French League having yet to set another date.