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Saint-Etienne Bounce PSG from Coupe De La Ligue in Penalty Shootout

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Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IINovember 27, 2012

Saint-Etienne continued their fine run of form on Tuesday by dumping Paris Saint-Germain from the Coupe de la Ligue. It was a hard fought win for Les Verts, as they overcame PSG 5-3 in penalties.

PSG is still left to figure out what is going wrong, as they had more possessions and better chances.

For the second time this month Saint-Etienne got the best of PSG and came out on top of the capital giants. Unlike their previous meeting in Paris, it took penalties for Saint-Etienne to win.

PSG came to Saint-Etienne looking for revenge and it showed.  Ancelotti fielded a strong lineup, with Sirigu being the only major exception.  PSG controlled the tempo in the early stages, but were kept at bay by Saint-Etienne's defense.

Both teams had a clear cut chance in the first half, only to come up short.

Ibrahimovic saw his chance wasted, as keeper Stephane Ruffier was able to deny his shot. On the other end, Saint-Etienne had a header cleared off the line.

The second half went much like the first half, as both defenses stayed strong and limited the oppositions space.

When the game reached the extra 30 minutes, PSG seemed to have more in the tank, continuously putting pressure on Saint-Etienne.

Ruffier came up huge again as he saved another Ibra chance. The home squad held firm and forced penalty kicks to decide who would go on to the semi finals.

After 120 scoreless minutes, PSG finally blinked in the form of Thiago Silva.  On their third kick, the PSG captain did not hit a good penalty and Ruffier was able to turn it away.

Saint-Etienne sealed the deal when Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang put away his penalty. With it, he buried the memories of his miss in the African Nations Cup and ended PSG's run towards the Coupe de la Ligue title.

Saint-Etienne keeps their impressive run going, as the confidence of the Rhone-Alps club is sky high.

Meanwhile, PSG is left looking for an answer to their struggles

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