There was little drama in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais to reach the Coupe de France final but there was plenty of it at the end of the other semi-final matchup between AS Saint-Étienne and Stade Rennais.
With literally seconds remaining in stoppage time and the game level at 1-1, Ryad Boudebouz scored for Les Verts to send them to their first French Cup final since 1982.
It was an incredible scene at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard once the final whistle blew. Saint-Étienne supporters poured onto the pitch to greet their heroes and celebrate a huge win for the club.
Anything can happen in a cup final but facing Saint-Étienne over Rennes is a positive for PSG. In last season’s cup final, Julien Stéphan’s squad defeated Les Parisiens in a penalty shootout after playing to a 2-2 draw. Rennes are just one of those teams who give Thomas Tuchel issues so not having to face them in the finals is slightly comforting.
This season, PSG defeated Saint-Étienne 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and 4-0 in Ligue 1 action back in December. The Coupe de France final is set for April 25, which is interesting timing because these two teams will play their second Ligue 1 match on April 18 at the Parc des Princes. It’s very difficult to beat a team four times in one season so we could be in for a drama-filled cup final later in the season.
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