NextGen Series - PSG 1-1 Spurs - Spurs win 4-3 on penalties
Our Under-19s progressed to the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series with a dramatic win against Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.
On a cold evening at PSG’s Camp Des Loges it was the hosts who had the early chances with the lively Alexis Sainrimat denied on three occasions in the opening 25 minutes by Vigouroux.
However it wasn’t long before Shaq Coulthirst strengthened his chances of attaining the competition’s golden boot by netting his fifth NextGen goal of the season.
Kenny McEvoy rose high to beat his opponent and play into the path of Coulthirst who beat one man before firing into the right hand corner from 18 yards.
The lads took the well-deserved lead into half-time and showed great character in the opening exchanges of the second half as PSG pressed for an equaliser.
Ruben Lameiras cleared off the line and Vigouroux parried well from Hervin Ongenda before Saínrímat finally found a way through our defence in the 65th minute when he finished from close range to level the tie.
Substitute Daniel Akindayini had our best chance of the second half as he showed quick feet to turn inside the box but fired straight at the goalkeeper.
Our defensive line, superb throughout, ensured that the game went into extra time with Dominic Ball making a vital block in the 90th minute.
The period of extra time passed without any clear-cut opportunities for either side as our lads showed great desire and passion to win against the odds - PSG had the best record in the group stage of the competition.
The scores remained level at 1-1 after 120 minutes and the knock-out tie went to penalties.
Laste Dombaxe, Kevin Stewart, Grant Ward and Coulthirst were all successful from the spot despite the intense pressure from the home crowd leaving the scores at 4-3 with PSG looking to take it to sudden death.
However it was to be our lads’ night as Vigouroux capped an excellent individual performance by producing an outstanding save to his left to win the game and ensure that PSG’s unbeaten record in the completion came to an end.
John McDermott’s side will now go into the quarter final draw with Aston Villa, Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon the only other teams to have progressed so far with the remaining last 16 fixtures to take place over the next two weeks.
Spurs; Vigouroux; Barthram, Ball, Stewart, Ward; Veljkovic (McEneff 83), Bentaleb (Dombaxe 75); McEvoy (Akindayini 59), Winks (Lesniak 75), Lameiras (Michael-Percil 59); Coulthirst. Unused subs; Priestley, Ogilvie.
With thanks to Alex Carroll in Paris...