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Angers SCO v PSG Live Commentary, 2017/05/27

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0 - 1
SCO
PSG
I. Cissokho (90+1 og)
Stade de France

Commentary

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Unai Emery's men kept pushing throughout the contest, despite not being at their best. It looked as though the contest was heading for extra-time until a stroke of luck fell for them and handed PSG a late winner. Their manager will be relieved to get over the line and to end the season on a high note, putting their failures in the Champions League and Ligue 1 into the rear-view mirror.
Paris Saint-Germain claim the Coupe de France for the third year on the bounce thanks to Issa Cissokho's late own goal. It's a nightmare for Angers, who defended manfully over the course of the contest and were undone in the cruellest of ways. 
FULL-TIME: ANGERS 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
K. Bérigaud
B. Santamaría
Angers SCO
90' + 2' Substitution Baptiste Santamaria Kévin Bérigaud
90' + 2' PSG HAVE WON THE COUPE DE FRANCE!
I. Cissokho
Own Goal
Angers SCO
90' + 1' GOALLLLL!!!!!!! PSG TAKE THE LEAD AT THE DEATH! Delight for Emery's men as the ball strikes Cissokho on the shoulder from Di Maria's corner and travels into the bottom corner. There's nothing the defender and a stranded Letellier could do about it. The cruellest of blows for Angers.
90' SCRAMBLE! Traore and Thomas are lions at the back for Angers as they quell two openings. First to deny Verratti and Cavani space on the edge of the box before Thomas clears Aurier's low cross behind.
88' BLOCK! Verratti opens up the Angers defence with a weaving run before he sees his pass to Cavani cut out. Di Maria pounces on the loose ball, but his effort is blocked by Cissokho.
87' PSG are probing the Angers defence from all angles, but Moulin's team are holding firm at the back with a resolute display.
F. Tait
N. Pépé
Angers SCO
84' Tait replaces Pepe for Angers.
84' CHANCE! Santamaria loses possession and Cavani is sent in a foot race with Traore by a throughball from Di Maria. The striker outmuscles the defender and gets an effort away before falling to the ground inside the box, but he can only fire wide of the target. A huge let off for Angers.
83' BLOCK! Angers press forward and Toko Ekambi goes for the strike on the edge of the box, only to be denied by a block from Silva.
81' Pastore and Maxwell combine down the left flank to send the full-back beyond Cissokho. He pulls the trigger on a shot before going down, but the referee waves play on as Letellier gathers.
79' Aurier attempts to beat the challenge of Bamba down the right, but the midfielder holds his ground and wins a throw-in for Moulin's men.
77' Traore makes a vital intervention at the back to just get the heel of his boot in the way of Di Maria's attempted throughball to Cavani. The Uruguayan would have been through on goal otherwise - a huge moment in the game.
76' Pastore gives the ball away and it allows Angers to break with Toko Ekambi. The winger drives at Silva, but he holds his ground and makes an exceptional tackle to win back possession.
74' Once again it seems like Angers have weathered the PSG storm for now. They've remained disciplined at the back and Moulin will be desperate for that to continue until the end of 90 minutes and potentially beyond.
J. Pastore
J. Draxler
PSG
72' Draxler makes way for Pastore in Emery's first change of the evening.
71' Maxwell has space and time to collect and raid down the left flank. He fires a low ball across the face of goal, only for Traore to boot it away from danger.
70' WIDE! Mangani lifts a good cross into the box following a flowing attacking move down the left for Angers. However, N'Doye can only send his headed effort wide of the post after making a late run into the area.
69' OVER! From the resulting free-kick, Di Maria whips the ball into the box and Cavani latches on to the cross, but can only head over the bar.
I. Traoré
Yellow Card
Angers SCO
68' Traore goes into the book for a loose challenge on Draxler.
67' BLOCK! All hands on deck for Angers at the back now as Maxwell's cross to the back post finds Di Maria. He goes for the strike at goal, but Thomas and Manceau are there to make a block before Letellier gathers.
66' Draxler makes two excellent runs in the space of a minute. His first cutback just misses Cavani in the box, while his second low cross is cleared by N'Doye. 
64' Maxwell raids down the left and curls a cross into the middle of a number of red shirts to attack, but Thomas is there to make an important headed clearance.
J. Bamba
F. Diédhiou
Angers SCO
63' Bamba replaces Diedhiou for Angers.
62' WIDE! Verratti lifts a dangerous cross to the back post for Matuidi's late run into the area, but the midfielder can only guide his effort wide of the post.
60' PSG work the ball quickly across to Aurier in space down the right flank, but Manceau is there to divert his cross behind for a corner. Emery's men are raising the pressure on the Angers backline.
58' WIDE! Di Maria goes for the strike at goal and he lifts his effort over the wall. The supporters ground thinks he has found the net, but the ball clips the side-netting and remains lodged there before Letellier gathers for his goal-kick. Close but not close enough.
F. Diédhiou
Yellow Card
Angers SCO
57' Diedhiou is booked for his challenge on Aurier.
57' Aurier raids down the right flank before he is felled by Diedhiou, handing PSG a free-kick in a dangerous position.
56' SAVE! Verratti lifts a dangerous cross to the back post and Matuidi gets the better of Pepe in defence. He pokes the ball towards goal from a tight angle, but he is denied the opening goal by a fine reaction save from Letellier.
55' Maxwell and Di Maria combine down the left, with the left-back sending a pass forward into the inside channel for Matuidi. Frustratingly the ball skips off the deck and just out of the reach of the PSG midfielder.
53' Pepe is down again after receiving a nudge from Maxwell in the head. It stopped a promising attack from his side and that will not go down too well with his team-mates.
51' Letellier does well to come off his line - first to punch Draxler's corner away from danger and then to come through a crowd of players to claim Verratti's cross.
50' Draxler and Di Maria probe on the edge of the box, but a wall of black and white shirts stop their progress, forcing PSG back towards their own half.
48' Both sides are yet to get going since the restart, with PSG aiming to build a tempo although they have not been able to string a period of possession together.
46' We're back underway at the Stade de France.
The players are making their way out for the second half, so we should be underway shortly.
Angers' best opening came through Nicolas Pepe, who has been a thorn in the side of PSG in the first half. He struck a sweet left-footed volley from the edge of the box, only to see his effort clatter off the post. Karl Toko Ekambi also made a neat run before seeing his cross cleared by Thiago Silva. They've looked a threat on the break, but will need to take one of their half chances to put PSG under pressure.
Unai Emery's men have come closest striking the post through the boot of Angers defender Romain Thomas as he attempted to clear Angel di Maria's cross to safety. Edinson Cavani has also had a couple of good opportunities, while Serge Aurier fired narrowly wide before the break.
It's goalless at the break between Angers and Paris Saint-Germain, although both sides have had opportunities to break the deadlock.
HALF-TIME: ANGERS 0-0 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
45' + 3' The referee ends the first half.
S. Aurier
Yellow Card
PSG
45' + 3' Aurier is booked after the incident by the referee.
45' + 2' Aurier chops down Pepe, but the referee allows the advantage for Angers. Toko Ekambi carries on the attack, only to send his cross straight into the hands of Areola.
45' + 1' Verratti wastes possession needlessly before the break sending a long ball looking for Cavani straight out of play. Ambitious to say the least.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
45' CLOSE! PSG work the ball brilliantly through Di Maria and he spreads the ball out wide for Aurier in acres of space. The Ivorian powers a low effort towards the bottom corner, but the ball fails to catch the outstretched boot of Cavani as well as the bottom corner, travelling inches past the post.
43' Motta goes down in a heap on the pitch and requires treatment before we can continue here.
42' PSG attack down the right and Di Maria sends a low cross into the box for the run of Cavani, but the ball is too far ahead of the forward and goes out for a goal-kick.
Á. Di María
Yellow Card
PSG
41' Di Maria goes into the book for his actions in the melee. The PSG players are not happy about it, with Silva leading the protests. Mangani did get involved with the Argentine as well, but it's only the winger heading into the book for now.
39' MELEE! The incident sparks a melee between the two sides, with Di Maria getting involved with Pepe for no particular reason. The referee brings the situation under control though without awarding a free-kick to Moulin's side.
38' D'Doye steals possession in the PSG half and he tries to release the run of Pepe in the box, but the Angers winger goes down before he can make contact. There was contact from Marqiuinhos before Pepe went to ground.
36' CLOSE! Cavani breaks in behind in the right inside channel and lifts the ball towards the penalty spot, but it's just out of the reach of Draxler on the stretch. Verratti keeps the attack alive and sees his strike charged down before another deflected effort wins PSG a corner.
35' Cissokho has to be alert at the back to stop Maxwell's cross from the left finding Cavani in the box, with the right-back doing just enough to come away with possession.
33' Angers have managed to stave off the early threat from PSG and are beginning to make inroads into the final third of their opponent.
31' Cavani peels off the back of Traore to latch on to Di Maria's lofted pass, but the flag goes up for offside before he can strike at goal.
29' Toko Ekambi breaks for Angers on a counter down the left. He beats two red shirts down the flank before firing a low ball across the face of goal, but Silva is there first to boot the ball away.
29' Aurier sends a teasing cross towards the near post with Cavani there to attack the ball. Letellier spots the danger and reacts by punching the ball clear.
28' SAVE! Cissokho keeps the attack alive and sends a cross into the box for Diedhiou to attack with his head. He makes decent contact, but his effort is straight at Areola.
27' OFF THE POST! Mangani's cross is cleared only as far as he the edge of the box by Marquinhos. Pepe strikes the ball left-footed on the half-volley, only to see his effort rattle off the post and bounce clear.
26' Diedhiou runs down the left and squares up Silva enough to draw a foul from the PSG captain. Angers have a free-kick on the edge of the box on the left flank. Mangani will take the free-kick.
24' OFF THE POST! Di Maria presses down the left and sends a low cross towards the near post. Cavani and Thomas both go for the ball, with the defender making sliding contact. The ball cannons off the Angers' man's foot and slams into the post before heading behind for a corner. So close for Emery's team.
22' Mangani tests the PSG backline with two crosses into the box. First Silva is able to head clear behind and from the second Areola comes for the corner through a crowd of players to make a solid claim.
20' OVER! Cavani fails to hit the target from close range as PSG miss another opening. Silva pulled off his man at the back post to head the ball across the face of goal, but the Uruguayan was leaning back as he made contact and sent his effort over.
19' Maxwell sends a ball down the flank for the run of Matuidi. From the left wing he sends a dangerous cross into the six-yard area, but Thomas is there to clear the danger.
18' PSG are beginning to turn the screw on the Angers' backline here. Moulin's men need an outball from somewhere.
17' Verratti drifts into the space between the Angers midfield and defence and tries to slide a pass to Di Maria, but the two are not on the same page and the ball heads out for a goal-kick.
15' SAVE! Letellier keeps the scores level as Santamaria gives the ball away to Motta. Di Maria releases Cavani in the box and he tries to send his effort past the Angers keeper, but he is denied once again.
13' CHANCE! Verratti raids down the right flank and whips a dangerous cross into the box. Traore misses his clearing header, allowing Cavani to guide an effort at goal, but his attempt is tame and saved with ease by Letellier.
12' SAVE! Di Maria sends an incisive pass into the box for Mautidi's run and the midfielder latches on to it by stretching out a boot. He tries to poke the ball past the on-rushing Letellier, but the keeper makes the stop.
11' PSG are aiming to establish control of the game using possession in the middle of the park to draw out the Angers' backline.
9' CHANCE! Verratti releases Aurier down the right inside channel and the full-back attempts to hammer the ball across the face of goal, but Letellier beats the ball away with his fist.
8' Di Maria finds space on the right flank and tries to whip the ball in with pace towards the near post, but it takes a deflection off Manceau and is gathered by Letellier.
6' Pepe collects once again on the right wing and tries to weave his way through the PSG defence, and only an extended leg challenge from Verratti stops his progress.
6' Pepe chases a long ball forward down the right flank and looks to get on the end of the pass, but Thiago Silva comes across with a sliding challenge.
5' From the resulting free-kick Mangani sends the ball into the box from the right flank, but an offside decision against Diedhiou halts Angers' first opening.
4' Draxler goes in hard on N'Doye and is fortunate to avoid a booking in the early stages.
2' OVER! Di Maria goes on the charge through the middle of the Angers' defence and shoots at goal from 30 yards, only to send his effort over the bar.
1' Diedhiou makes his presence known to Aurier with a strong challenge in the back of the PSG defender in the air.
1' We're underway at the Stade de France.
The pre-match procedures are over. It's time for kick-off at the Stade de France.
The players are out on the pitch, but first we must go through the pre-match procedures of the French national anthem along with the handshakes with the dignitaries.
PSG have made five changes from their draw against Caen on the final day. Alphonse Areola, Thiago Silva, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler all return to the fold this evening.
Angers are unchanged from their win over Montpellier on the final day of the Ligue 1 season. Famara Diedhiou will lead the line in a three-man attack supported by Nicolas Pepe and Karl Toko Ekambi on the flanks.
PSG subs: Trapp, Kimpembe, Lucas, Pastore, Guedes, Lo Celso, Rabiot.
PSG (4-3-3): Areola; Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Matuidi, Motta, Verratti; Di Maria, Draxler, Cavani.
Angers subs: Petric, Berigaud, Pavlovic, Sunu, Capelle, Tait, Bamba.
ANGERS (4-3-2-1): Letellier; Cissokho, Traore, Thomas, Manceau; Santamaria, N'Doye, Mangani; Toko Ekambi, Pepe; Diedhiou.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with Angers.
Unai Emery's side fell short in their bid to dislodge Monaco at the top of the division. They ended their season with a run of inconsistent form, losing 3-1 to Nice before claiming emphatic wins over Bastia and Saint-Etienne. Their last match ended in a 1-1 draw against Caen, with Emery in dire need of an improved display to end the season with a trophy.
Angers defeated Granville, Caen, Bastia, Bordeaux and Guingamp to reach the final. Moulin's men ended the Ligue 1 season on a high note, defeating Nice and Montpellier in their last two matches. However, they will have to raise the level of their of their game to defeat PSG.
Angers are aiming to their win first major cup and are aiming to beat PSG for the first time since they were promoted to the top division of French football in 2015. A victory this evening would be a huge upset for Stephane Moulin and his team.
PSG fell short in their attempt to win Ligue 1 for the fifth season on the spin as Monaco claimed the crown ahead of them. However, they can claim the Coupe de France for the third season on the bounce following previous triumphs over Auxerre and Marseille in the last two finals.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Coupe de France final between Angers and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade de France.