Friday, September 24, 2021

Dani Alves forced to go in goal for PSG's French Cup win over Sochaux

PSG cruised into the quarter-finals of the French Cup with a 4-1 win over Sochaux, but there was a minor blip at the end of the game as right-back Dani Alves was forced to deputise in goal.

With no replacement goalkeeper on the bench, the former Barcelona defender 'went in net' for the visitors after Kevin Trapp was shown a straight red card in the closing stages of the game for a foul on Sochaux striker Thomas Robinet.

Angel Di Maria's hat-trick had put the defending champions on the cusp of the last eight before Trapp's late dismissal forced Alves to deputise with the gloves. 

Alves' first task was to organise his wall for the free-kick from Trapp's foul on Robinet.
Fortunately for the Brazilian his shot-stopping skills the wall did its job and PSG progressed to the quarter-finals without conceding another goal.

Alves joined PSG last summer after turning down the opportunity to reunite with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Man City. 

"If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry. But I have come here to be a champion," said Alves.

"I've had the pleasure of winning the Champions League three times and I want to bring my experience here. "The President had a great power of persuasion. I like to make history. We can write it together here.

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