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Lowly Evian wash out PSG’s hopes for a double

For the second time in a week on Wednesday French giants Paris St-Germain were dumped out of a cup competition. After a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, PSG were dumped out of the French cup by lowly Evian, ending their double hopes.

Lowly Evian wash out PSG's hopes for a double
File photo: AFP

Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of a domestic double this season ended on Wednesday as Ligue 1 minnows Evian eliminated them 4-1 on penalties after their quarter-final ended 1-1 after extra-time.

PSG – who were knocked out of the Champions League last week by Barcelona – had taken the lead through Javier Pastore in the eighth minute.

However, Tunisian international Saber Khlifa nipped in behind a static David Beckham two minutes from  half-time to level.

Neither side could gain the upper hand in the second-half and extra-time was only memorable for the straight red card for Thiago Motta for a foul on Cedric Barbosa two minutes from the final whistle.

PSG endured a dreadful penalty shoot-out with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva missing the first two spot kicks for the visitors.

Barbosa was to have the last laugh as he whacked home his spot kick to seal the Ligue 1 strugglers a place in the last four and end PSG's hopes of a ninth
Cup trophy.

Evian coach Pascal Dupraz excused his side to those who wanted the glamour club to win.

"We have eliminated PSG and we are sorry," he said tongue firmly in cheek.

"But we also wanted to go to the Stade de France! We said when the quarter-final draw was made that the best thing that could happen to us was to draw PSG.

"We hope now that this win will also give us the confidence to retain our Ligue 1 status (Evian are fifth from bottom three points above the relegation places)and get to the final.

"That wouldn't be too bad either would it!"

Earlier Bordeaux had to come from behind against Ligue 2 side Lens to win 3-2 and book their place in the semi-finals.

Bordeaux had Malian forward Cheick Diabate to thank as a double from him propelled them into their first appearance in the last four of the competition since 2003.

On Tuesday, Ligue 1 outsiders Lorient and Troyes had progressed to the semi-finals.

Jeremie Aliadiere's stoppage-time strike took Lorient through as they beat League Cup finalists Saint-Etienne 2-1 away which gives them a chance of winning the Cup for only the second time in their history.

Former Arsenal striker Aliadiere's 18th goal of the season sealed Saint-Etienne's first defeat of 2013 and also put paid to their dreams of winning a domestic Cup double.

They could gain quick compensation, however, should they beat Rennes in Saturday's League Cup final encounter at the Stade de France.

In a meeting of two clubs in the Ligue 1 relegation zone, Troyes beat Nancy 3-0, with Jeremie Brechet, Julien Faussurier and Fabien Camus all scoring in the second half.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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