PSG beat Nantes to reach Coupe de France final
Kylian Mbappé tucked away a late penalty as Paris Saint-Germain clinched their place in the Coupe de France final with a 3-0 win over FC Nantes on Wednesday.
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 FC Nantes
Winners in each of the last four seasons, PSG started as overwhelming favourites against Vahid Halilhodzic's men, who were up against a side that had won 16 of the 18 Coupe de France semi-finals in their history.
The visitors held out until just before the half-hour mark. Mbappé teed up Marco Verratti on the edge of the area, and the Italy international, who had scored for his country last month, flashed a crisp shot beyond Ciprian Tatarusanu (29').
The artful midfielder's first goal of the season would have been cancelled out had Kalifa Coulibaly hit the target with a header just before the break (45'), and when Marquinhos limped off seconds later, the tide appeared as if it might be turning Nantes' way.
That looked to be even more the case when, after VAR confirmed Nicolas Pallois' hand had stopped Presnel Kimpembe's header, Mbappé stepped up to take a penalty he scored at the first attempt, but then saw Tatarusanu save his second after the France international had been ordered to retake his spot-kick (66').
But a red card for Coulibaly for a second bookable offence (71') hurt them, and Mbappé all but killed off their hopes with another penalty — this time scored at the first time of asking, but not retaken — won by Dani Alves (85').
He would have scored again, but lost his one-on-one duel with Tatarusanu (90'), but Alves, picked out nicely by Verratti did add the sheen of a third as PSG went through to the final to face Stade Rennais at the Stade de France on 27 April.
THE PLAYER: Marco Verratti
The Italian seems to be coming into a rich vein of form, and if his current goalscoring streak is continued, he will have added a significant string to his bow.
THE STAT: 2
Mbappé's strike was only his second in the Coupe de France this season.