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PSG wins 4th straight French Cup in style

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 09:30 AM IST

Paris Saint-Germain's players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the French Cup final football match between Les Herbiers and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on May 8, 2018 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Damien MEYER |
Paris Saint-Germain's players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the French Cup final football match between Les Herbiers and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on May 8, 2018 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Damien MEYER |
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Saint-Denis : Paris Saint-Germain hoisted the French Cup for a fourth consecutive year after a 2-0 victory over third-division side Les Herbiers.

Based in a town with a population of roughly 16,000 — one-fifth the number of seats at the packed Stade de France — Les Herbiers impressed PSG fans and even opposing coach Unai Emery with their spirited performance in the David-vs-Goliath tie here on Tuesday, reports Efe news agency.

PSG dominated the play, but Les Herbiers left the pitch with their heads held high after conceding only two goals — one off a penalty — to France’s best club.

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Even without the injured Neymar, who was watching from the stands, a PSG led on the attack by Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe had the potential to inflict a rout on Les Herbiers.

In fact, the underdogs could have found themselves trailing 3-0 by the 20th minute but for the wood-work around their net, which thwarted Giovani Lo Celso on two occasions and Mbappe once.

The inevitable goal came in the 26th minute on a well-placed shot by Lo Celso from outside the box.

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Mbappe thought he had doubled the lead with a strike in the 50th minute only for the goal to be allowed after the Video Assistant Referee spotted a hand-ball by PSG’s Marquinhos.

Cavani squandered a pair of chances before drawing a penalty and converting from the spot to make it 2-0 in the 74th minute.

Tuesday’s triumph made PSG Brazilian defender Dani Alves the most-decorated footballer in history, with 38 trophies for club and country.

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Published on: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 12:03 AM IST