Nene leads PSG into the final
PSG booked a place in the Coupe de France final with a 3-1 win in Angers, Brazilian winger Nene rediscovering top form - with a goal and two assists - to set up a mouth-watering clash with Lille at the Stade de France on May 14.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Coupe de France semi-final, Stade Jean Bouin
Angers - Paris Saint-Germain: 1 - 3
Antoine Kombouaré's PSG side produced an assured display to dispatch Ligue 2 outfit Angers at the Stade Jean Bouin on Wednesday night, and no player more so that Nene, who revived his imperious early-season form to give his team a chance to defend their crown against league leaders Lille next month.
Nene on fire
After serving the first goal on a plate for Mathieu Bodmer (22') with a neat cut-back after racing through behind the Angers backline - Ligue 2's stingiest - the Brazilian maestro notched a strike of his own with a flawless volley (51') before laying on a third for France international Guillaume Hoarau to all but kill the game off (62').
It mattered little that Angers managed to pull one back through Sébastien Renouard (57') with a wicked shot on the turn shortly after Nene's strike, PSG looking in control throughout the match as they ended the dream run of giant-killers Angers, who had knocked out Valenciennes and Bordeaux on their way to the semis.
Now it remains to be seen whether Nene, who fell at the final stage of the competition with Monaco - against PSG - last season, can deliver a repeat performance of Wednesday night's heroics against Lille in the final as PSG look to become the first club since Nantes in 2000 to defend their Coupe de France crown.