psg 2-0 Marseille
31/10/12 – Parc des Princes, Paris
A very contentious penalty decision left OM a man and a goal down inside the first 30 minutes at the Parc des Princes. A coming together between Fanni and Hoarau on the edge of the area saw the psg man take a tumble, and despite Nkoulou in a covering position referee Antony Gaultier reached for the red and pointed to the spot.
Thiago Silva sent Mandanda the wrong way and netted for the home side from the penalty and it was always going to be difficult from then. Valbuena and Cherou had the best chances for OM in the remainder of the first half, but both were from well outside the box as OM’s 10 men struggled to get past a well organised psg defence.
5 minutes into the second half Menez played the ball into Pastore who played a wonderful lofted pass back to Menez who shot past Mandanda at the near post to make it 2-0 for the hosts. The remainder of the 2nd half saw OM create very little again, Cheyrou hitting the post with a long-distance free-kick, was the closest the visitors came.
After winning the competition 3 years in a row it’s about time Marseille let someone else win it, its just a shame that psg and a referee helped knock OM out.