Kylian Mbappe scored a goal and provided an assist for Mauro Icardi to lift the sixth French Cup in last seven years for PSG.
PSG beat Monaco 2-0 at the Stade de France on Wednesday to win the French Cup. Kylian Mbappe scored one goal late in the match and provided an assist for Mauro Icardi to open the scoring in the first half. It was Mauricio Pochettino’s second title at PSG. His first was the Champions trophy in January, but this was the first major title triumph for the Argentine coach. He had taken over as head coach of PSG in January following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
PSG opened the scoring through Icardi in the 19th minute following a horrendous mistake from defender Axel Disasi. Disasi failed to control a simple pass from goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki. Mbappe then pounced on the opportunity before squaring the ball to Icardi. The Argentine striker tapped in to an empty net to make the score 1-0.
Mbappe scored in the 81st minute of the game to seal the title for PSG. Angel Di Maria collected the ball on the left-flank before cutting inside. He dribbled past the Monaco defence to deliver a perfectly weighted through ball to Mbappe. The Frenchman slotted the ball past Majecki into the bottom corner of Monaco goal with a delicate left-footed chip.
The match was a cagey affair and chances were few and far between. Monaco, who had already defeated PSG twice in the league, did not pose a serious threat to the PSG defence. The closest they came was a cross from the right flank by Geslo Martins which lofted over PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas and hit the crossbar.
Kylian Mbappe, who had an excellent day with a goal and an assist, could have added more had he been not denied the woodwork. The 22-year-old’s ambitious attempt from 30-yards caught Majecki out of position but hit the crossbar.
“We work every day to experience this kind of feeling, reward and recognition,” said Mbappe.
“It’s the work of a whole group, staff, all the people who work every day for us, the club and of course the supporters who couldn’t be there. We think a lot about the fans and this title is for them as well.”
It was the 14th French Cup title for PSG. However, they are trailing Lille by one point in the Ligue 1 with one game remaining. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will travel to Brest on May 24 in search of a victory and possible double title if Lille Falter at Angers.