PSG Beat Lille To Retain French League Cup
The club established in 1970, who has secured its fourth Ligue 1 title in a row with eight rounds remain in this season’s fixtures, beat 117-year-old Marseille, 97-year-old Monaco, Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux, as well as 66-year-old Lyon with 29 trophies in just 45 seasons.
Saturday’s victory at the Stade de France means PSG remain on course for a clean sweep of domestic trophies and is the Parisians’ 11th title under the reign of current chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
PSG have won four Ligue 1 titles, one Coupe de France, three Coupes de la Ligue and three Trophees des Champions since the Qatari’s arrival in 2011.
Meanwhile, the capital club is now waiting for the chance to win its 12th title when they take on Marseille in the Coupe de France final on May 21, also at the Stade de France.
Angel di Maria claimed the winner in Saturday’s French League Cup final against Lille, curling the ball past visitors’ goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from a 40-meter range in the 75th, just four minutes after Adrien Rabiot was sent off.
Javier Pastore put PSG in front on 40 minutes when the Italian/Argentine midfielder’s volley from the edge of the penalty area took a slight deflection before beating Enyeama.
Lille appealed for offside since PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa standing inside the box as the ball flew into the net, but the officials ruled that Kurzawa was not active because he did not move towards the ball.
Four minutes into the second half, Djibril Sidibe equalized with a free-kick being directed into the corner of the net.
With 20 minutes remaining, Rabiot picked up a second booking and was dismissed for a late challenge on Sofiane Boufal.