In front of five thousand spectators, all strictly with masks and with an obligation of social distancing, Paris Saint-Germain won its 13th French Cup by beating Saint-Etienne in the final played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
Neymar and his companions won thanks to a goal by the same Brazilian striker and redeemed the scorching defeat with Rennes in the 2019 final. Thomas Tuchel's club, after the thrill of the pole hit by Saint-Etienne in the fifth minute, took the lead in the 14th with Neymar: good at taking advantage of a rejection by the goalkeeper at the end of Mbappè.
Despite the opponent's reaction, PSG then had two more great chances to get 2-0 before returning to the locker room: stained by Mbappé's serious ankle injury (crippled by a Perin foul), which generated a scuffle among the players on the pitch, the expulsion of the Saint-Etienne player and the replacement of the attacker by Tuchel.
In the lead of a goal and in numerical superiority, in the second half Paris Saint-Germain controlled the match by keeping up with the proud reaction of the Greens and trying in vain to double the net up to the ninetieth.
At the referee's triple final whistle, Tuchel's boys' party was thus able to return to the pitch after the lockdown, with a prestigious and auspicious victory for the Champions League eighth final against Atalanta: in program on August 12th.
The Saint-Etienne comes out defeated and head down: for the Loire club the victory in the French Cup has been missing since 1977.
Kylian Mbappé's injury
Kylian Mbappé was forced to leave the pitch in the 33rd minute of the first half following a bad injury.
The French striker, in fact, was the victim of a hard contrast by Perrin (expelled), falling ruinously on the ankle. Out in tears, he left the locker room in crutches. At high risk, therefore, the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta, scheduled in Lisbon on August 12th.
Here is the club's statement: "Mbappé has in fact reported a sprained right ankle with an important injury to the external lateral compartment (which includes the ligaments). It will be reevaluated in 72 hours both from a clinical point of view and through new tests X-ray."
The real extent of the young French star's ankle injury is still unknown but, as it seems, the injury could force Mbappé to miss the first matches of the UEFA Champions League final eight in Lisbon and PSG to deprive himself of his strongest player .