Pauleta pulls PSG from brink of elimination

14th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 13 (AFP) - Portuguese international striker Pauleta struck two extra time goals to help crisis club Paris Saint Germain come back from the brink of elimination and reach the last 16 of the French Cup on Sunday.

PARIS, Feb 13 (AFP) - Portuguese international striker Pauleta struck two extra time goals to help crisis club Paris Saint Germain come back from the brink of elimination and reach the last 16 of the French Cup on Sunday.

The defending champions, who sacked coach Vahid Halilhodzic in midweek after a string of poor results, beat 10-man Bordeaux 3-1 at the Parc des Princes but only after falling a goal behind and then finding themselves five minutes from being knocked-out.

Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh gave Bordeaux the lead when he scored with a header from a Pablo Francia free-kick in the 39th minute but then got himself red-carded for a second bookable offence for taking off his shirt to celebrate.

Pauleta had a host of chances in the second half but was denied by Bordeaux keeper Ulrich Rame and as time ticked away, angry PSG fans demanded the resignation of club president Francis Graille.

But five minutes from the end of normal time, they pulled level when defender Mario Yepes stole forward to slot the ball past Rame.

Brazilian Reinaldo should have won the tie for PSG in injury time but headed wide a cross from Charles-Edouard Coridon with only Rame to beat.

But Reinaldo soon made amends by providing the pass from which Pauleta put PSG in front in the fourth minute of extra-time before the Portuguese ace made sure of victory by adding the third five minutes from the end of extra time.

The reward for PSG and their new coach Laurent Fournier is a tricky trip to fellow first division side Auxerre in the next round.

"I saw two halves tonight," said Fournier. "The players were tight in the first half but after the break they attacked. There was movement and simplicity. They battled for their honour.

"It's their victory. They deserved it and now we must build on this impetus."

Defending league champions Lyon made it into the last 16 with a 2-1 win at fellow first division side Toulouse to stay on course for a league-cup double.

Former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord opened the scoring in the 65th minute but Stephane Dalmat levelled seven minutes later.

Mahamadou Diarra grabbed the winner from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Toulouse goalkeeper and captain Christophe Revault had brought down Brazilian star Nilmar.

On Saturday, Lille kept up their French double push when they came back from a goal down to beat Lens 3-2.

Lille, in second spot in the league but seven points behind leaders Lyon, fell behind to a 16th minute goal from Nigerian international John Utaka before Philippe Brunel (57 mins) and Mathieu Bodmer (67) gave them a 2-1 advantage.

Lens levelled through Daniel Cousin six minutes from time before another Nigerian international Peter Oseze Odemwengie grabbed a late winner.

In the day's other top flight clashes, Tunisian striker Santos scored the only goal of the game eight minutes from the final whistle as Sochaux beat Metz 1-0 while Rennes saw off Caen 2-0.

© AFP

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