Cissokho own goal hands PSG Cup glory

French Cup
27/05/2017

Issa Cissokho headed into his own net in stoppage time to hand holders Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 victory over Angers SCO in the Coupe de France final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Coupe de France final

Stade de France

Angers SCO  0 - 1  Paris Saint-Germain

THE MATCH

Extra time was on the cards in Saint-Denis when right-back Cissokho turned Ángel Di María's corner into his own net at the near post while under pressure from Blaise Matuidi, allowing PSG to win the trophy for the third season running in the centenary edition of the competition as new French President Emmanuel Macron watched on.

They had been the more likely side, but the defeat was harsh on Angers, who put so much into the game in their first appearance in the final since 1957 but have still never won a major trophy.

Desperate to add the Coupe de France to the Coupe de la Ligue that they won by beating AS Monaco in the final last month, PSG were denied time and time again by Alexandre Letellier in the opening 20 minutes, the Angers goalkeeper saving from Matuidi and twice from Edinson Cavani as Unai Emery's men sought an early breakthrough.

Pépé pipped by post

Angers were unlucky not to score themselves when Nicolas Pépé sent a left-foot volley against the post from 22 yards after Marquinhos headed a free-kick out into his path. That was a rare chance for Stéphane Moulin's side, though, and they were fortunate to remain on level terms at the interval as Serge Aurier's inviting ball across the face of goal somehow found no takers on its way wide.

Letellier saved from Matuidi again just after the break and Di María struck the side-netting from a free-kick delivered from wide on the right (58'). Cavani then only succeeded in firing wide after holding off Ismaël Traoré as he charged through on goal with six minutes to go.

There would be no 50th goal in all competitions for him this season as Cissokho decided the game right at the death, to the relief of the capital club and the despair of their opponents.

THE PLAYER: Nicolas Pépé

It may seem odd to pick a member of the losing side, but this game was further confirmation that Pépé is a player with a huge future. The 21-year-old Ivory Coast international faded in the second half but he caused PSG plenty of problems in the first and was so unlucky to see his 27th-minute volley come back off the woodwork.

THE STAT: 11

PSG have now the Coupe de France a record 11 times, one more than Olympique de Marseille. They have won it three years in a row and six times in the last 14 seasons, a remarkable record. The win also means a treble of sorts for Emery in his debut season in France after victories in the Trophée des Champions and Coupe de la Ligue.

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