Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi poor in PSG's fortuitous win over Toulouse
Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain are into the Coupe de France round of 16 after beating Toulouse for the second time in three days on Tuesday.
Laurent Blanc's men squeezed past Le Tefece 2-1 at the Parc des Princes, with second half goals from David Luiz and substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelling out Jacques Francois Moubandje's opener.
The result was harsh on Dominique Arribage's visitors, but PSG did improve significantly in the second half after a flat opening 45 in Paris and extra time -- possibly penalties as well -- would have been a fair outcome.
Thankfully for most of the spectators on a bitterly cold night in the capital, it did not come to that.
Luiz scored with a towering header to equalise nine minutes after half-time, before Ibrahimovic sealed the win with a fortuitous late penalty.
PSG have won every one of their five games so far in 2016, yet the capital club have still not looked impressive in any of those victories.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Salvatore Sirigu, 6 -- The Italy international almost undid a fantastic evening's work by being beaten by an Adrien Regattin effort from close to the halfway line. However, the Toulouse man's speculative shot flashed wide and Sirigu can be pleased with his performance otherwise. The Azzurri star's save from Moubandje early in the second half was particularly impressive and there was little the 29-year-old could do about TFC's opener.
DF Gregory van der Wiel, 5 -- Although the Dutchman spent large parts of the game in the Toulouse half, the 27-year-old's display was not too bad in defence either. Van der Wiel made a good late block to help keep the hosts in it at 1-1.
DF Presnel Kimpembe, 4 -- The France under-21 international grew into the game, but looked very shaky early on and gifted Toulouse a notable chance that Regattin should have punished. Once settled, there was not that much to do defensively anyway.
DF David Luiz, 5 -- It was a mixed night for the Brazil international. Captain in the absence of Thiago Silva, Ibrahimovic and Thiago Motta from the starting XI, his showing for the best part of the first hour would not have filled his teammates with confidence. However, after his magnificent headed equaliser, the mistakes disappeared -- although the 28-year-old did get booked late on.
DF Layvin Kurzawa, 6 -- One of the Frenchman's better recent performances. The 23-year-old put in some dangerous crosses, displayed a good level of skill and ball control, as well as winning the ultimately decisive penalty in the dying minutes (theatrically).
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MF Benjamin Stambouli, 5 -- In a match where PSG were scrapping for the majority, the 25-year-old came to the fore. The Frenchman was not spectacular, but he got on with his job with little fuss.
MF Hervin Ongenda, 7 -- The youth academy graduate was very unlucky to be the player substituted to make way for Lucas Moura. During the first half, the France under-21 international was the hosts' best player and impressed the crowd with some brilliant trickery and invention. The 20-year-old's 64-minute outing could have put him in the shop window for a loan move away from Paris this month.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 4 -- It was a quiet night for the France under-21 international, who lost possession of the ball a few times with some sloppy passes.
FW Angel Di Maria, 5 -- The Argentina international came alive once Ibrahimovic and Lucas were introduced. Before that, El Fideo was trying to make things happen but held on to the ball for too long on too many occasions and picked up his first booking in any competition with PSG.
FW Edinson Cavani, 4 -- El Matador has been the subject of heated debate recently after losing his regular place in the starting XI and although he did get involved against Toulouse for the good of the team, another game passed with him failing to score when played in the middle.
FW Ezequiel Lavezzi, 4 -- Aside from his corner for Luiz's goal, the Argentina international contributed little of note for PSG. It has become obvious recently that what little El Pocho still had left to offer Blanc's team this season is now gone.
FW Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 7 -- Introduced after 64 minutes, the super Swede put the ball in the back of the net with his first touch -- only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. However, the 34-year-old eventually got the goal his inspiring cameo deserved -- even if the penalty was awarded rather fortuitously. Once Zlatan was on the pitch, PSG were simply a different team.
MF Lucas Moura, 6 -- Sent on along with Ibrahimovic after 64 minutes, the Brazil international helped to raise the hosts' game. As soon as Lucas and Zlatan were on, Di Maria immediately looked livelier and Les Parisiens turned the screw.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.