Paris Saint-Germain is aiming for a domestic double after defeating Monaco 2-0 in the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Wednesday. Read more on PSG vs As Monaco here.
PSG secured a relatively uninspiring final thanks to goals from Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe, and now head into the weekend’s final round of Ligue 1 fixtures with a record-tying 10th league title already on the table.
Since reaching the final every year since 2015, the French champions have now won the French Cup six times in the last seven seasons. It was also Mauricio Pochettino’s second trophy as a manager, after winning the Champions Trophy with PSG in January, but many would consider this his first major honor.
“It’s the result of the efforts of a large number of people, including staff, all of the people who work with us daily, the club, and, of course, the fans who couldn’t attend. We give a lot of thought to the fans, and this title is dedicated to them as well.”
Meanwhile, Monaco’s quest to win the French Cup for the first time since 1991 continues in their first final since 2010, when they were also defeated by PSG.
Niko Kovac’s team has had a good season and will end it on a high note this weekend. If they qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2018. It was also smack dab in the midst of what is arguably Europe’s most thrilling league championship chase. With PSG trailing champions Lille by a single point going into this weekend’s final round of fixtures.
Monaco isn’t officially out of the title race. Since they are three points behind Lille. But they must realistically defend their position in the final Champions League spot from Lyon. They are a point behind them.
PSG took the lead in the 19th minute. Thanks to a blunder by Monaco defender Axel Disasi. He mishandled a pass from goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki, allowing Kylian Mbappe to snatch the ball.
The forward for France was then faced with a basic task. The easy job for France forward was then to square the ball to Icardi, who tapped into an open net.
The goal struggled to enliven the draw, with Alessandro Florenzi’s long-range effort in the 33rd minute being easily tipped over by Majeski.
In the second half, Monaco tried their hardest to equalize. But struggled to bother PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas. And with the clock ticking on their attempt to end a 30-year wait for the trophy. They were punished by Mbappe.
Angel Di Maria’s delicate pass into the area reached the 22-year-old. Helping Mbappe to add the killer touch to ensure that the cup was won.