The match: 1-0
PSG won the 13th Coupe de France in its history on Friday evening, the 5th in its Qatari era, by beating Saint-Étienne (1-0). But the highlight of the evening will remain the uncontrolled tackle of the Saint-Etienne captain, Loïc Perrin, on Kylian Mbappé (26th) and its many consequences. (see below).
On the football side, Saint-Étienne made a good start to the match, preventing PSG from relaunching, with effective pressing. Claude Puel’s players had two chances in the first quarter of an hour but Denis Bouanga hit the post (5th) then found Keylor Navas on his way (16th). Paris, he scored from his first action, by Neymar (14th), and took the upper hand after the expulsion of Perrin. Without being flamboyant, the French champion created a lot of chances and could have won by a larger margin without a good match from Jessy Moulin opposite (25th, 45th + 2, 45th + 7, 59th, 72nd ) or a tackle in extremis from Wesley Fofana in front of Mauro Icardi (84th).
The fact: Loïc Perrin’s tackle on Kylian Mbappé
The meeting changed in the 26th minute of play. From an uncontrolled slipped tackle, Perrin injured Mbappé in the right ankle, triggering a clash between the players of the two teams. The referee, Amaury Delerue, first released a yellow card for the captain of the Greens, as well as for Leandro Paredes, Jessy Moulin, Mitchell Bakker and Romain Hamouma then, on the Parisian bench, Marco Verratti. Reviewing the action on the control screen, the referee finally gave Perrin a red card. Above all, Mbappé came out on injury, in tears, replaced by Sarabia (33rd). Pictures show his ankle turned, and he emerged from the locker room on crutches and a brace. Very bad news for PSG, who will play their Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta on August 12, in nineteen days.
The player: Neymar in good shape
The man of the match is called Neymar. In an almost empty Stade de France – fewer than 5,000 people were present due to restrictions linked to the Covid-19 epidemic – the Brazilian star showed all his sense of the game. By scoring after a nice tumble from Mbappé (14th). But especially with the many high quality balls he gave around the opponent’s penalty area (45th + 7, 56th, 63rd), with, each time, an opportunity to the key badly negotiated by his teammates. Or this subtle body sham to free Angel Di Maria, who did not frame his shot (58th).