Coupe de France: Nice knock holder PSG out on penalties


Nice coach Christophe Galtier once again outwitted Paris Saint-Germain as his team won a tense 6-5 penalty shootout to reach the French Cup quarter-finals after a 0-0 away draw.

PSG’s bid for a 15th trophy and an eighth consecutive final fell short at the Parc des Princes against the expertly organized visiting team from Galtier.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given that he led his former club Lille to the French title against all odds last season by winning at PSG and drawing at home without conceding a goal.

Same thing again.

Their defense held up when PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino’s seemingly bizarre decision not to start top scorer Kylian Mbappe backfired.

He kept Mbappé on the bench until an hour later.

But when he came on, the Nice defense led confidently by Brazilian veteran Dante and former Barcelona central defender Jean-Clair Todibo was resolute.

Lionel Messi started up front after recovering from the coronavirusHowever, he had little impact in a frustrating first half for Pochettino’s side.

Left winger Justin Kluivert saved a shot for Nice shortly after the break and PSG midfielder Marco Verratti fired a shot from a decent position midway through the second half.

Nice’s Mbappé and Amine Gouiri have been in good form up front, but neither have had scoring opportunities.

They both scored in the penalty shootout, however, but after Dante put the ball in with a brilliant Panenka-style shot, former PSG goalkeeper Marcin Bulka held off midfielder Xavi Simons to give Nice a great victory.

Nice take on Marseille at home next week.


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