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Monaco v PSG Live Commentary, 19/05/2021

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ASM
PSG
M. Icardi (19)
K. Mbappé (81)
Stade de France

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That is all from this Coupe de France final, until next time!
PSG return to Ligue 1 action on Sunday, one point behind league-leaders Lille as they face Brest in the final game of the season. Pochettino will know their fate is out of their hands, so all eyes will be on how Lille fare against Angers. Monaco are also technically still in the title race, three points behind Christophe Galtier’s men and their final game sees them travel to Lens.
PSG collect their 14th Coupe de France trophy as they beat Monaco 2-0 in the final to defend their title! Icardi's opener, courtesy of a Disasi mistake which Mbappe capitalised on, set Pochettino's men on the way. In the second half, Martins saw his deflected cross hit the crossbar before Mbappe coolly chipped over Majecki in the 81st minute to seal the win for his side. While out of the Champions League, Les Parisiens still have silverware to celebrate for the 2020-21 campaign.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: MONACO 0-2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
90' + 2' Gueye buys a soft free-kick on the left-hand touchline. If Monaco had any hopes of getting back into this game, they may have had a few words with referee Letexier for that decision. Instead, they simply trudge back to their positions and wait for the final whistle to sound at the Stade de France.
90' + 1' There will be three minutes of added time as Henrique sees another cross from the left get cleared by the wall of PSG shirts inside their own box.
Pablo Sarabia
Á. Di María
PSG
90' Di Maria, who assisted the second goal, comes off for a well-deserved rest. Sarabia is the man to replace him on the right flank.
89' WIDE! Henrique drops his shoulder and then cuts inside, curling a right-footed cross towards the penalty spot from the left flank. Jovetic manages to get in between Danilo and Kehrer but he can only head wide of Navas' goal to the left.
88' Kean skips around the sliding challenge of Fabregas, making it to the left of goal before losing out to Maripan. PSG are just minutes away from defending the Coupe de France and collecting their 14th victory in the final of this competiton.
87' Martins gets the better of Diallo once more but he scuffs his right-footed cross towards the near post, where Kehrer manages to clear. Monaco looks slightly out of ideas as Pochettino's men approach more silverware.
Marquinhos
Yellow Card
PSG
86' Marquinhos becomes the first name in referee Lexetier's book. The Brazilian centre-back is adjudged to have pulled down Jovetic. Judging by his reaction, the PSG captain clearly feels the decision is a tad harsh.
86' Badiashile comes across to do his defensive duties in the right-hand channel and turns behind for a corner. Di Maria arrows in the set-piece, however, Majecki once again claims with authority inside his own six-yard area.
85' Dagba's wayward pass backwards releases Jovetic, who drives forward before losing out to Marquinhos on the edge of the area. The veteran forward seems to gesture to Martines he was expecting a different run but the pair are on different wavelengths.
83' Henrique evades the attentions of Dagba, swinging in a left-footed cross towards the near post. Navas, however, sees it all the way as he claims with confidence in front of Jovetic.
Á. Di María
Assist
PSG
81' Di Maria finds space in the right-hand channel, beating Badiashile to drive inwards and reach the edge of the D. The Argentine disguises a left-footed throughball for Mbappe, who does the rest by smartly lifting over Majecki to double PSG's lead.
K. Mbappé
Goal
PSG
81' GOOOOALLL! 2-0 PSG! Di Maria gets isolated one-on-one with Badiashile, coasting inside and reaching the edge of the area. The Argentine then slips a pass into the area for Mbappe, who races onto the throughball before chipping a cute left-footed finish over Majecki and into the bottom right corner from the left of goal. VAR checks for offside but the goal stands!
80' OFF THE BAR! Kean holds up possession up top, offloading to Mbappe who is 35 yards from goal. The French forward sees Majecki off his line and dinks an ambitious right-footed effort over the goalkeeper but into the crossbar. What a goal that would have been in the Coupe de France final!
Ander Herrera
L. Paredes
PSG
79' Herrera, a more defensive option in midfield, also comes on for Paredes.
M. Kean
M. Icardi
PSG
79' Pochettino makes more changes as he sends Kean on for Icardi.
79' WIDE! Golovin wanders down the right-hand channel, standing up a cross towards the far post. Di Maria finds himself unusually far back and heads away a clearance. Tchouameni is waiting on the edge of the area and he slices a left-footed strike just wide of Navas' goal.
78' Fabregas remains patient in possession, playing out for Sidibe on the right-hand side. With just over 10 minutes to find a late goal, the question is how much longer can Kovac's men stay patient before they are forced to go long and more direct?
77' Badiashile races out of defence to try and tackle Mbappe but he just skips around him near the halfway line. The French forward then makes it into the left-hand channel, where Sidibe shows quick feet to intervene just before Mbappe can pull the trigger to test Majecki.
75' PSG had not let a goal in before they conceded twice against Montpellier in the semi-final, including a late equaliser from Andy Delort. Their impressive defensive record is evident here, with Navas rarely being required due to the hard work of Marquinhos and Kehrer in front of him.
Fàbregas
K. Volland
Monaco
74' The second part of the double change sees veteran midfielder Fabregas come on for Volland.
B. Badiashile
A. Disasi
Monaco
74' Kovac makes another double change. Disasi, who was at fault for Icardi's opener, makes his way off and Badiashile replaces him.
73' Henrique goes direct as he searches for Jovetic over the top. The veteran forward catches Danilo late and the chance fades away as Pochettino's men get a free-kick inside their own half.
72' Kovac seems to be giving instructions to another substitute on the bench. Monaco have 20 or so minutes to grab a goal, otherwise their 30-year wait to lift the Coupe de France will go on.
71' SAVE! Kehrer fails to clear his lines but Jovetic can't capitalise as his right-footed strike gets blocked by Marquinhos. The follow-up chances falls to Diatta, who powers a right-footed volley from the left of goal and Navas saves comfortably.
69' OFF THE BAR! Monaco nearly get incredibly lucky as Martins' right-footed cross from the right flank deflects off Diallo and goes towards the top left corner. Navas scrambles back but he can't get a hand to it. Fortunately for PSG, the deflection cannons into the crossbar and away from danger to keep their one-goal lead intact.
68' Golovin delicately lifts over the top for Jovetic, who does well to flick a heel at the pass and redirect it towards Volland at the back post. Marquinhos, who has been excellent so far, is on hand to tower above his opposite man and head clear.
C. Dagba
A. Florenzi
PSG
68' Pochettino makes his first substitution as he sends on Dagba to replace Florenzi at right-back.
66' Icardi is the next to go flying into a sliding challenge, this time on Maripan. It has been a fairly well-tempered cup final up until now but things are slowly starting to heat up at the Stade de France.
64' Paredes is late in a sliding tackle on Disasi and the midfielder is lucky to escape a booking. Danilo and his team-mates protest Paredes' innocence, while Monaco, led by Jovetic, call for a yellow card from referee Letexier.
63' OVER! Gueye and Di Maria exchange short passes 25 yards from goal after some good work down the right-hand side by Mbappe. The loose ball eventually falls to Paredes, who rushes a right-footed effort which he miscues and skews high over the crossbar.
62' Sidibe disguises a short corner routine as he plays towards Golovin on the edge of the area. The midfielder has time and space but he can only drill a right-footed effort into the wall of PSG shirts.
Gelson Martins
Y. Fofana
Monaco
60' At the same time as Ben Yedder's removal, Martins also comes on as he takes the place of Fofana in midfield.
S. Jovetić
W. Ben Yedder
Monaco
60' Kovac makes a double change, the first of which sees captain Ben Yedder replaced by Jovetic.
59' Di Maria drops deep to act as the playmaker, chipping over the top for Mbappe's central run. The French forward looks set to test Majecki before Sidibe makes a last-ditch tackle to intervene inside his own area.
58' Diatta powers past Diallo, opting to then cut back and play towards Fofana. The midfielder attempts a delicate left-footed cross towards the back post but the ball asks too much of Volland and races out for a goal-kick.
56' Icardi swings a cross back towards the penalty spot and Tchouameni is forced to clear behind for a corner. Di Maria delivers towards the front post, where Majecki claims with ease.
55' Monaco have won the Coupe de France five times in their history. However, they were last triumphant way back in 1991 – around 30 years ago.
53' Di Maria drifts inside, taking up a central position before offloading to Diallo. The left-back looks to sneak a low cross towards the near post, however, Sidibe reacts the quickest to block and subsequently clear.
51' SAVE! Henrique brings down Fofana's long diagonal pass, cutting inwards from the left flank to poke through for Ben Yedder. The French forward reaches the ball to the left of goal, unleashing a first-time left-footed effort, which Navas rushes out to save with his chest.
50' Diatta is playing a lot further forward than Aguilar's first-half position. The substitute is looking to get in behind Diallo at every opportunity but, at the minute, the left-back is winning the duel as he intercepts in the middle of the park to cut off Ben Yedder's attempted throughball.
49' Icard, whose only involvement in the game was the opening goal, cuts an isolated figure up top at the minute. A long Florenzi pass asks far too much of him and the forward has no chance of retaining possession with both Disasi and Maripian all around him.
47' Ben Yedder offloads to Golovin, who cuts in from the left-hand side and angles a cross towards the far post. Diatta appears interested but Diallo shelters the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
46' Referee Letexier gets the second half of this Coupe de France final underway!
K. Diatta
R. Aguilar
Monaco
46' Diatta replaces Aguilar on the flank as Kovac makes just the one half-time change.
Kovac may want to make some half-time alterations, given his side's relative struggles in this Coupe de France final as of yet. Monaco could look to Martins or Jovetic off the bench if they do feel they need some added attacking impetus. Pochettino, in contrast, will be satisfied with his team's first-half performance.
It has been far from a vintage Coupe de France final so far, with both teams rarely testing either goalkeeper. PSG lead 1-0 at the break, courtesy of Icardi's tap-in, after some good work to intercept from Mbappe and force a decisive Disasi mistake on the edge of his own area. Florenzi and Volland had the only other chances of the half, which were both comfortably saved by Majecki and Navas respectively.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: MONACO 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
45' + 1' Mbappe coasts past Henrique, however, powering past Maripan proves a step too far as the centre-back manages to play back to Majecki. Whether tactical or not, Mbappe found himself on the right-hand side there and perhaps he fancies his chances against Henrique more than Sidibe.
45' The fourth official indicates there will be a minimum of one minute of added time in this Coupe de France final at the Stade de France.
44' Fofana's eyes seem to light up as the chance to smash a right-footed volley from 35 yards presents itself. Di Maria is the first on the scene to deflect behind for a corner.
42' Mbappe skips around Sidibe's challenge with ease, rolling in Di Maria before the Argentine runs out of room in the left-hand corner. PSG do, however, manage to keep the ball but their spell of possession comes to an end with an offside decision against Mbappe.
41' Sidibe goes through the back of Mbappe's ankles and the forward requires some brief medical treatment before wandering off the pitch and returning within the same minute.
40' Another corner comes for Monaco as Aguilar's cross gets deflected behind. Golovin looks to keep the set-piece alive on the edge of the area after an initial clearance, however, he can only volley high and wide of Navas' goal with a right-footed strike.
39' PSG have won the competition a remarkable 13 times, with their most recent triumph coming last season when they beat Saint-Etienne in the final.
37' CLOSE! Florenzi needlessly stands on the back of Henrique's ankles and Kovac's side get a free-kick in the left-hand channel. Golovin whips in the wide set-piece and Volland's flick-on at the near post ends up in the hands of Navas. Disasi was lurking at the back post, however, the goalkeeper pounced just in front of him to keep his team's one-goal advantage intact.
36' Gueye goes roaming forward again and picks out Di Maria, who rather optimistically sets his sights on goal from 35 yards out. The Argentine's left-footed strike gets blocked by a crowd of Monaco defenders before Majecki is required to make a save.
35' Mbappe drops his shoulder and beats Henrique with relative ease. A low cross towards the near post, however, proves too much of an ask for Icardi as Maripan intervenes and hooks a long clearance away with his left foot.
33' SAVE! Gueye finds Di Maria, who has wandered inside from the right flank, and the Argentine disguises a pass out to the right-hand side. Florenzi takes a touch into the area before seeing his powerful right-footed effort turned over the crossbar by Majecki.
32' Fofana fancies a long pass for Golovin on the right flank but the midfielder gets it all wrong and the ball flies out for a goal-kick. Navas takes a while over his kick as he allows his team to regroup and take a breather, after a prolonged spell of possession from Kovac's men.
30' Tchouameni drifts inwards from the left-hand channel, clipping a pass over the top for Ben Yedder. The French forward chests down before going to ground due to Marquinhos' sliding tackle. Monaco offer some muted appeals for a penalty, however, it's clear the Brazilian centre-back has won the ball fairly.
28' Mbappe already has two to his tally for the season against Wednesday’s opposition and six goals in his last four league games.
27' Since Icard's goal, Kovac's team have come into their own and appear more confident in possession. For now, however, their passing play outside the area looks pretty but lacks the penetration to unlock Navas' well-organised defence.
26' Mbappe gets isolated against Sidibe, driving at the right-back before attempting a smart reverse pass to Di Maria in the left-hand channel. Disasi, whose mistake set-up Icardi's opener, comes across to intercept in front of the Argentinian.
25' Golovin powers through the middle, sliding to Ben Yedder who plays back to Sidibe. The full-back offloads to Fofana and the midfielder crosses for Volland, who can't redirect a header on towards goal and the forward's effort trickles out for a goal-kick.
23' Tchouameni dinks over the top for Volland's forward run, however, Kehrer reads it all the way as he drops back to head clear. The loose ball looks like falling to Ben Yedder before Gueye races back to dive in in front of the forward and remove any attacking opportunity.
21' Icardi's opener is no less than Pochettino's men deserve. They have looked assured in possession, knocking the ball out with confidence as they continue to stamp their authority on this final's proceedings.
K. Mbappé
Assist
PSG
19' Disasi looks to the heavens as he knows his mistake has cost his side the opening goal. The centre-back receives possession from Majecki, losing out to Mbappe on the edge of the area before the forward calmly rolls to his right to Icardi, who has the simplest of finishes to open the scoring. The goalkeeper can do nothing and Disasi cuts a frustrated figure inside the box as Icardi wheels away in celebration.
M. Icardi
Goal
PSG
19' GOOOOOALLLL! 1-0 PSG! Mbappe picks the pocket of Disasi as he wins possession just outside the Monaco area. Due to the centre-back’s mistake, Mbappe is left one-on-one with the goalkeeper before unselfishly squaring across goal for Icardi, who taps into an empty net to open the scoring with his right foot.
18' Marquinhos' wayward pass gets intercepted inside his own half, smashing off Ben Yedder and deflecting towards the left-hand channel. Ben Yedder thinks he is in on goal, however, Navas rushes well out of his box to intervene with an important sliding tackle to play towards Florenzi.
17' Sidibe takes a corner from the right-hand side, which Mbappe collects at the near post. PSG's wonderkid then remarkably runs from inside his own area, all the way to the other end and avoids five or six tackles before sensibly opting to play backwards and retain possession.
16' Fofana tries sliding a througball for the run of Ben Yedder into the area. The French forward makes good ground, however, Diallo comes across to barge him out the way before sheltering the ball away from goal.
15' It has been a cagey opening 15 minutes or so, with neither side testing either goalkeeper as of yet. Pochettino's men, perhaps as expected, have dominated possession but have nothing to show for their efforts so far.
13' Florenzi knocks a pass over the top for Di Maria to chase in the right-hand channel. Henrique wins the race, however, he is forced into giving away another corner. The Argentine swings in a left-footed delivery and, after a couple of blocks in front of Majecki's goal, Monaco eventually clear the danger.
12' Kovac's side have secured a league double over PSG in the Ligue 1, edging them 3-2 at home before securing a 2-0 win at Parc des Princes in February.
11' Monaco get a corner of their own at the other end as Navas fails to keep a deflected cross in play. Golovin is the man to deliver the set-piece but the referee immediately gives a free-kick to PSG at the back post for a push in the back.
10' Mbappe hassles Henrique and forces the full-back to give away a corner. After winning the set-piece, Mbappe decides to quickly take it short but the resulting cross gets cleared away at the front post by Disasi.
9' Majecki's first involvement in the game comes as he confidently claims Paredes' high and swirling cross from the right-hand side. The goalkeeper, who has impressed in the cup competitions for Kovac's men, will be glad to get that first touch in the final out the way.
8' Navas goes long in search of Mbappe, finding the forward in acres of space on the left just over the halfway line. Mbappe wants to run at Sidibe but he doesn't get the opportunity as the flag is up for offside against him.
7' Golovin is lucky to escape a booking after cynically chopping down Diallo, who was making a powerful run down the left-hand channel. Monaco are still yet to properly get their foot on the ball as their opponents continue to dictate play around them.
5' Mbappe wanders inside from the left flank, touching wide for Florenzi, who sees his deep cross from the right-hand side turned away by Henrique. Pochettino's men are knocking possession about with real confidence in the opening stages of this final.
3' Diallo's headed clearance finds Icardi, who tries to delicately flick through for the run of Mbappe. Disasi, however, is alert to the forward's intentions as intercepts outside his own area in front of Mbappe.
2' Di Maria seeks out Mbappe on the left-hand side but Icardi is then far too enthusiastic as he clatters into Golovin with a needless early foul.
1' After the national anthem is out the way, referee Francois Letexier gets the Coupe de France final underway!
PSG are looking to defend their title, while searching for their 14th Coupe de France success here. Monaco, in contrast, haven’t won this competition since the 1990-91 season.
Pochettino goes for five alterations from the weekend. On either side of defence, Florenzi and Diallo replace Bakker and Dagba. In midfield, Herrera drops out for Paredes, while Gueye comes in for Draxler. Further forward, Icardi replaces the suspended Neymar to lead the line alongside Mbappe.
Kovac opts for three changes from the win against Rennes. Martins drops to the bench for Aguilar, Majecki gets the nod ahead of Benjamin Lecomte in goal and Disasi starts at centre-back instead of Badiashile.
SUBS: Sergio Rico, Mitchel Bakker, Colin Dagba, Timothee Pembele, Rafinha, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Moise Kean, Pablo Sarabia.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Alessandro Florenzi, Marquinhos, Thilo Kehrer, Abdou Diallo; Idriss Gueye, Danilo Pereira, Leandro Paredes; Angel Di Mari, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi.
SUBS: Gelson Martins, Benoit Badiashile Mukinayi, Stevan Jovetic, Fode Ballo-Toure, Chrislain Matsima, Cesc Fabregas, Krepin Diatta, Vito Mannone, Eliot Matazo.
MONACO (4-4-2): Radoslaw Majecki; Djibril Sidibe, Axel Disasi, Guillermo Maripan, Caio Henrique; Aleksandr Golovin, Youssouf Fofana, Aurelien Tchouameni, Ruben Aguilar; Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland.
PSG’s route to the semi-final stage was fairly straightforward, as they dispatched of Caen, Brest, Lille and Angers by an aggregate scoreline of 12-0. A semi-final clash against Montpellier proved a tad harder, with Mauricio Pochettino’s winning 6-5 on penalties after being held to a 2-2 draw in normal time. Last time out in Ligue 1, PSG crushed 10-man Reims 4-0 to remain on the tails of league-leaders Lille.
Grenoble, Nice, Metz and Lyon all tried and failed before Monaco’s semi-final against fourth-tier team Rumilly Vallieres. Despite going a goal down after 20 minutes, Niko Kovac’s side bounced back to secure an emphatic 5-1 victory and qualify for this year’s final. Most recently in the league, Monaco were 2-1 victors against Rennes to make it 10 wins in 11 games in all competitions.
Hello and welcome to coverage of the Coupe de France final between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade de France.