Paris St Germain crush Valencia in final friendly
Paris St Germain 3-0 ValenciaParis St Germain finalised their preparations for the new season with an impressive victory over Valencia in the Emirates Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Now under the guidance of former Rangers boss Paul Le Guen, PSG will begin the domestic French campaign next weekend and were the sharper of the two teams throughout.
The damage was done in a one-side first half, with goals from attacking pair Amara Diane and David N'Gog, who caused the Valencia defence problems all afternoon.
PSG set their stall out early as N'Gog saw his low angled drive saved at the near post by Timo Hildebrand.
The Valencia second-choice keeper was again in action when he palmed away a fierce 20-yard effort from Marcello Gallardo.
PSG - beaten by hosts Arsenal on Saturday - eventually took a deserved lead after 15 minutes when Diane drilled home following a neat exchange with N'Gog on the right.
Valencia were a much-changed side from the one which comfortably beat Inter Milan on Saturday, although there was still no place for ex-Gunner Edu.
PSG doubled their lead on the half-hour, again benefiting from an attack down the right but this time it was Diane who turned provider with his low cross bundled home by N'Gog.
Valencia were now completely disjointed and defender Lillo became the second player cautioned by referee Andre Marriner for a needless late challenge from behind.
Former Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes was introduced at the start of the second half to try to add some much-needed spark to the Spanish side's attack.
He almost had an instant impact as his chipped shot was deflected wide.
PSG, though, soon settled back into their dominant rhythm as the hour mark approached.
Full-back Bernard Mendy, captain for the day and a reported target for Celtic, was brought down on the edge of he box after a surging run.
Gallardo struck the free-kick well enough over the wall but the ball flew wide.
Winger Loris Arnaud should have done better when slipped in on the overlap down the right only to blast his angled shot over from 10 yards.
PSG added a third five minutes from time when Arnaud, released down the right, drew the keeper before squaring to Peguy Luyindula who had the simple task of scoring his second goal of the competition from 12 yards.