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Friday, January 11, 2019

PSG stunned in League Cup quarters by struggling Guingamp




Paris Saint-Germain saw their 43-match winning run in domestic cup competitions came to an end as Thomas Tuchel's men suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Ligue 1 bottom club Guingamp in the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The visitors were awarded three penalties at the Parc des Princes in a dramatic second half, as PSG failed in their bid for a sixth straight League Cup title.
It was only a second defeat in all competitions this season for the capital club, after a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League last September.
Guingamp, who have won just two league games all season, join Monaco, Strasbourg and Bordeaux in the semi-finals.
"We came here to win and we know it's very difficult here," said Marcus Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, who scored the winner.
"We know that in the Cup anything can happen... We knew how to hinder PSG."
Neymar broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute after Thuram missed from the spot, but Guingamp rallied, with Thuram's successful injury-time penalty snatching victory with a shootout looming.
"We played with too much confidence, we were not hungry enough to finish the match," admitted PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.
"It's very hard to lose with three penalties. I was angry with the second one, I can see the VAR 100 times, it's not a penalty."
Tuchel named a strong starting XI including Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria, but a drab first half in the capital failed to produce a single shot on target from either side.