Paris Saint-Germain

  • Jerome Alonzo 
  • Granddi Ngoyi 
  • Youssuf Mulumbu 81 
  • Mamadou Sakho 
  • Bernard Mendy
  • Mario Yepes 
  • Sylvain Armand 64 
  • Marcello Gallardo 
  • Amara Diane 
  • David Ngog 
  • Peguy Luyindula 78 
  • Loris Arnaud 
  • Gregory Bourillon 
  • Younousse Sankhare 

Subs not used

  • Mickael Landreau 
  • Didier Digard 
  • Pauleta 
  • Pierre-Alain Frau 
  • Zoumana  Camara 
  • Sammy Traore 
  • Jeremy Clement 
  • Jerome Rothen 

Valencia

  • Timo Hildebrand
  • Emiliano Moretti 
  • Carlos Marchena 
  • David Albelda 
  • Ruben Baraja 45 
  • David Villa 
  • Fernando Morientes 45 
  • Miguel Angel Angulo 
  • Jaime Gavilan 
  • Juan Manuel Mata 45 
  • Lillo 
  • David Rodriguez Lomban 
  • Sunny 
  • Carles 85 
  • Javier Arizmendi 
  • Joaquin 

Subs not used

  • Juan Luis Mora 
  • Arturo 
  • Jaume 
  • David Silva 
  • Marc Castells 
  • Aser Pierrick 

Referee

  • Andre Marriner

Match Report

Emirates Cup

Emirates Stadium
Sunday, July 29, 2007. 2pm


Paris Saint-Germain

3

Diane 15, Ngog 30, Luyindula 85


Valencia

0


By Adam Clark

The omens looked good for Arsenal after Paris Saint-Germain's surprisingly straight-forward victory over lethargic Valencia left the hosts knowing a win against Inter Milan would secure the inaugural Emirates Cup.

After strolling to a 2-0 victory in their opening match against Inter on Saturday, Valencia were probably favourites to lift the trophy at the beginning of the afternoon. With a point awarded for each goal scored in the tournament any scoreline in favour of the Spaniards would have left Arsène Wenger's side needing to match their performance at the very least.

However, the level of comfort with which PSG won this game was comparable to that the Spaniards had enjoyed against the Italian champions. Paul Le Guen's side dominated throughout and well-worked goals from Amara Diane, David Ngog and Peguy Luyindula gave them a deserved victory which left the destiny of the Emirates Cup trophy finely poised.

Indeed, such are the rules of the tournament that the result left Valencia one point behind PSG and, going into the last game, the only side who could not be crowned champions.

Sunday's Emirates crowd were treated to two almost entirely different line-ups to the day before. Le Guen opted for a complete overhaul from the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal while only five starters survived from Valencia's win over Inter.

One player who, after missing Saturday's game through injury, missed out once more was former Arsenal star Edu.

The French side, cautious early on, produced their first effort on goal eight minutes in. Ngog's first-time shot was easy for Timo Hildebrand, the keeper making only his second appearance since his summer move from Stuttgart.

It was Valencia, lacking the zip and tenacity that had pinned back Inter, who appeared a different side. The new-look PSG - notably fresher than their opponents - were by far the busier, producing a string of flowing moves that had the Spaniard side's back four looking devoid of understanding.

On 14 minutes Hildebrand theatrically turned away a 25-yard drive from Gallardo but there was little he could do about PSG's next attack. Diane found Ngog on the right-hand side of the box before continuing his run to guide in the return pass with Hildebrand stranded.

Gallardo then whistled a free-kick inches past the post as Le Guen's side cranked up the pressure. But Valencia, as they'd shown just 24 hours earlier, can play and David Albelda had his shot charged down after an incisive passing move.

Their revival was short lived though. On 30 minutes Younousse Sankhare stole the ball all too easily from midfielder Sunny. He then produced three rapid stepovers before nudging the ball neatly into the path of Diane. The midfielder drove a shot across the face of goal for Ngog to bundle in.

Valencia, made four changes at the break and one, Fernando Morientes, poked the ball agonisingly wide with his first touch. Joaquin slid in Miguel Angel Angulo but he was pulled back by an offside flag. Valencia, it seemed, were intent to recapture their spark.

PSG quickly set about putting it out again. On 57 minutes Gallardo fired a free-kick wide after Carlos Marchena had tripped Bernard Mendy on the edge of the area.

Three minutes later the instrumental Gallardo found Loris Arnaud in space on the right of the box but the overhasty midfielder hashed his effort wide. Gallardo himself then planted another free-kick into the arms of Hildebrand.

The game was eventually made safe with nine minutes remaining. A quick burst forward from Arnaud drew Hildebrand from his goal and the midfielder squared, leaving Luyindula, who had been on the pitch a matter of minutes, to tap into an empty net.

 

Ruben Baraja and Granddi Ngoyi

Ruben Baraja and Granddi Ngoyi

Amara Diane (left) celebrates his goal

Amara Diane (left) celebrates his goal

 

Miguel Angulo tackles Marcelo Gallardo

Angulo tackles Gallardo

Amara Diane shoves Lillo

Amara Diane shoves Lillo


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