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Alves Turns Keeper In PSG Win, SA-Born Star Reaches German Cup SF

Paris Saint Germain right back Dani Alves was forced to go into goal after Kevin Trapp was sent off in PSG's 4-1 win over Sochaux in the Coupe de France, while a South African-born defender reached the German Cup semi-finals.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of Alves in gloves for PSG.

Argentina international Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick while Edinson Cavani netted the other goal as the Ligue 1 side defeated their second-tier rivals at the Stade Auguste-Bonal.

Trapp, PSG's usual No. 1, was shown a red card for fouling striker Thomas Robinet outside the box in the 90th minute, and Alves was required to go in goal for the remainder of the game because the French giants had already made three substitutions.

The Brazilian international was not called into action during his time between the sticks, but was made to sweat when Sochaux was awarded a free-kick, which ended up hitting the wall, in injury time.

Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 Werder Bremen 

South African-born star Panagiotis Retsos saw his Bayer Leverkusen side reach the German Cup semi-finals on Tuesday after beating Werder Bremen 4-2 in extra-time.

Leverkusen found themselves trailing by two goals within the first seven minutes of the game as Max Kruse scored from the penalty spot in the fourth minute, while Aron Johannsson doubled the lead three minutes later.

Germany international Julian Brandt found the back of the net for the home side in the 31st minute, giving his team something to work with going into half-time.

It was 10 minutes into the second half when Leverkusen drew level, with Brandt completing his first brace in senior football. The game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes, but was eventually won by Bayer in extra time, when after Karim Bellarabi and Kai Havertz scored late goals.

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Johannesburg-born Retsos, who has made 23 appearances for Leverkusen this season, came on in the 113th minute, just after his side had scored their third goal to see out the game.

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