Kombouare cheered by PSG away goal

Paris Saint-Germain coach Antoine Kombouare says his side's away goal in the 2-1 loss at Benfica in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 tie gives them a fighting change of progressing.

A goal nine minutes from time by substitute Franco Jara gave the Portuguese champions victory in Lisbon on Thursday, after Peguy Luyindula's 14th-minute opener for the visitors had been cancelled out by Maxi Pereira.

PSG started the game strongly and Mevlut Erding hit the post with a close-range volley when the French team were 1-0 up, leaving Kombouare frustrated by his side's inability to capitalise on their momentum.

It's a very good result. We wanted to score here and we did. In a week I hope that we'll be able to turn things around.
Antoine Kombouare

"There was a possibility for us to come back with a draw," said Kombouare. "The players weren't able to score at least two or three goals. If we'd been able to score another goal, I think the match would have been over. But we couldn't make the difference and that allowed Benfica to stay in contention."

Despite the pain of defeat, Kombouare believes Luyindula's strike permits PSG to feel optimistic ahead of next Thursday's second leg at Parc des Princes. "It's a very good result," said the PSG coach. "We wanted to score here and we did. In a week I hope that we'll be able to turn things around. Beating Benfica 1-0 would certainly suit me. We intend to go through."

Kombouare's opposite number, Jorge Jesus, took heart from his team's reaction after the shock of falling behind in front of their own fans at Estadio da Luz. "It would have been ideal not to concede, but the most important thing was to get the win," said Jesus.

"The PSG attackers have a lot of quality and they counter-attacked very well in the first half an hour. The PSG defenders also played very well, especially (Marcos) Ceara, who just about took (Nicolas) Gaitan out of the game. Getting the win gives us the chance to find the best strategy for the return leg."