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Semak strikes oust PSG

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.27CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC 1-3 PFC CSKA Moskva Sergei Semak's hat-trick ensures UEFA Cup football for CSKA.

Match statistics

PSGCSKA Moskva

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners3
 
2
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed25
 
22
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.27CET

Semak strikes oust PSG

Paris Saint-Germain FC 1-3 PFC CSKA Moskva Sergei Semak's hat-trick ensures UEFA Cup football for CSKA.

By David Minton at Parc des Princes

An outstanding Sergei Semak hat-trick gave ten-man PFC CSKA Moskva victory at Paris Saint-Germain FC - but neither side will enter the UEFA Champions League first knockout round.

Porto pip CSKA
CSKA seemed to be heading through when Semak struck his third, but FC Porto scored a late winner against Chelsea FC and they take second place in Group H behind the London club. CSKA, who had Deividas Semberas sent off at 1-1, will enter the UEFA Cup round of 32.

M'Bami blow
PSG suffered an early blow when influential midfield player Modeste M'Bami was taken off on a stretcher with two minutes elapsed, falling awkwardly under Jirí Jarošik's legitimate challenge. Coach Vahid Halilhodzic brought on Bernard Mendy - later sent off in added time - to fill his central midfield role.

Cissé restored
Normally a right-sided player, Mendy had lost his starting berth at full-back to Stéphane Pichot, while midfield player Edouard Cissé had also been restored to the team after domestic suspension. CSKA were without injured midfield trio Ivica Olic, Daniel Carvalho and Chidi Odiah.

Gusev denied
Shortly after M'Bami's enforced exit, PSG goalkeeper Lionel Letizi saved bravely at the feet of Semak. Letizi again had to be alert a couple of minutes later to save with his legs from Rolan Gusev as PSG struggled to reorganise. Needing their first Champions League away victory, CSKA continued to hem PSG inside their own half. A fabulous flowing move culminated with Yuri Zhirkov sending a shot narrowly wide of the upright.

Deserved lead
Semak then fired CSKA into a deserved 27th-minute lead. Vágner Love evaded José Pierre-Fanfan on the left and his low cross was turned in from close range by the visiting captain, who beat Mendy to the ball. Looking fresh after two weeks of training in the Spanish sunshine, the visitors continued to play the neater football. Jarošik went close to doubling the Moscow side's advantage with a scorching drive.

PSG level
However, PSG equalised with their first real attack. Pauleta's initial strike, after latching on to Fabrice Pancrate's header down, was saved by Igor Akinfeev. But Akinfeev could not hold on and Pancrate was there to gobble up the rebound. Charles-Edouard Coridon, scorer of an overhead back-heel against Porto on Matchday 3, could not replicate the feat with a more conventional left-footed volley as PSG finished the half strongly.

Semberas dismissed
The second period opened with both sides intent on playing high-tempo, enterprising football. But CSKA were reduced to ten men when defender Semberas handled on the edge of his own area. A second yellow card, following a booking in the latter stages of the first half, saw him dismissed by German referee Markus Merk.

CSKA urged forward
With Semberas still making his way down the tunnel, Pauleta flashed a diving header just wide. Despite that scare, CSKA coach Valeriy Gazzaev knew a point would see his side eliminated from European competition and encouraged his charges to press forward, switching to three at the back. That boldness paid off when Semak scored for the second time after 63 minutes, calmly slotting the ball past Letizi after it broke to him when Love's strike was blocked by Mario Yepes.

Hat-trick complete
Semak then completed a terrific hat-trick. He cut in from the left and unleashed an unstoppable effort from 20 metres past the despairing Letizi. Now it was Halilhodzic's turn to throw caution to the wind as he brought on Danijel Ljuboja, an attacker, for Pichot. But it was just too late - and then CSKA learned of Porto's late winner.

Last updated: 08/12/04 0.50CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

1
LetiziLionel Letizi (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
PichotStéphane Pichot
Substitution73
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
Yellow Card42
Red Card54
6
YepesMario Yepes
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
7
PancrateFabrice Pancrate
Goal37
5
SemakSergei Semak (C)
Goal28
Goal64
Goal70
9
PauletaPauleta
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
14
CisséÉdouard Cissé
8
GusevRolan Gusev
19
CanaLorik Cana
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
22
ArmandSylvain Armand
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card90+1
23
M'BamiModeste M'Bami
Substitution7
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
Substitution90
24
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan (C)
Yellow Card59
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution58
27
CoridonCharles-Edouard Coridon
Substitution63
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić

Substitutes

16
AlonzoJérôme Alonzo (GK)
1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
5
MendyBernard Mendy
Substitution7
Yellow Card80
Red Card90+1
10
FerreyraOsmar Ferreyra
8
ReinaldoReinaldo
14
KirichenkoDmitri Kirichenko
10
BoškovićBranko Bošković
Substitution63
19
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Substitution90
12
OgbecheBartholomew Ogbeche
23
DaduSerghei Dadu
20
HélderHélder
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution58
28
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution73
28
ShershunBohdan Shershun

Coach

Vahid Halilhodžić (BIH) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Rainer Werthmann (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Schmidt (GER)

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