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L. Blas (47 pen)
Stade de France
Nice v Nantes Live Commentary,
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R. Kolo Muani
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That Blas penalty sees Nantes win their first trophy since the 2001 Trophee des Champions. They'll be playing in that game again in a few months time too, against league winners PSG, but for now the only requirement is to celebrate long and hard, as the thousands of fans wearing yellow cheer captain Blas, as he lifts the Coupe de France!
Although captain Blas will get the plaudits for his well-taken penalty, the two strikers ahead of him were different class for Nantes. Simon and Kolo Muani finished the game with three shots and six key passes between them, with Simon completing five good crosses and Kolo Muani engaging in more duels than any other player. The two led the line superbly, and gave Nice no way out of their own area at times.
The full-time whistle goes, and Nantes have won the Coupe de France! Blas' early penalty, won in the first passage of play in the second half, proved to be the difference as the men in yellow held on for the victory!! Nice's late onslaught couldn't quite muster a late equaliser, and they go home empty-handed, despite a much-improved second half performance!
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FULL-TIME: NICE 0-1 NANTES.
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OVER!!! Cyprien eventually steps up and sends a dipping free-kick just over the crossbar!
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Lemina is also booked, albeit it's for the initial foul on Cyprien which set things off.
R. Kolo Muani
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Kolo Muani is booked for his part in the melee, but Dante and Todibo both avoid second bookings!
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Lemina slides into Cyprien to concede a free-kick, but an almighty fracas has broken out inside the box, with Dante, Todibo and Moutoussamy at the centre of it!
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We're into four minutes of added time at the Stade de France. Don't go anywhere just yet!
Kolo Muani turns out of a challenge brilliantly and releases Bukari down the left. He looks to find Blas, but is dispossessed and flagged for offside before he can do so.
Pallois has taken a knock to the face and has blood pouring from it. He leaves the field to be patched up, leaving Nantes to defend with just 10 men temporarily!
Kluivert goes down in the box under pressure from Moutoussamy, but his appeals are waved away and Nantes clear the bouncing ball. Time's quickly running out for the men in red and black.
A Nice free-kick is cleared as far as Todibo on the left, who slips as he attempts a cross and the ball goes out for a goal kick! That sums up his game, it's been far from his best.
Bard has arguably been Nice's best player at left-back, but won't see out the game as he's replaced by Evann Guessand.
It's starting to get scrappy as Nice chase an equaliser, and after Bard's cross is headed away, Lemina attempts a spectacular long-range volley, but it's blocked by Cyprien as soon as the ball leaves his foot.
Coco has been fantastic up and down that right-hand side for Nantes, and on comes Fabio da Silva to see out the game in that position.
Gouiri's forages inside have seen him have two shots on target, with three others blocked, and the forward has also won the ball seven times in Nantes' half, despite losing it 17 times altogether.
Dante catches Bukari late and concedes the foul. He's yellow carded too, meaning both of Nice's central defenders are now in the book.
Delort beats Girotto and crosses from the right. It's met by Gouiri, who's looping header is caught on the goal line by Lafont.
Todibo brings Kolo Muani down and shows his frustration. He's not had the best of games, and although Nice are starting to create good chances now, they'll hope it's not too little, too late for them.
Bard floats a cross towards Delort, but Pallois' defensive header almost gives Brahimi a tap in, but Lafont races out to gather the ball and re-gain possession for Nantes.
Nice build immense pressure with cross after cross put into the Nantes box. The latest one is headed away by Pallois, before Coco is fouled trying to turn away from Bard and win a free-kick.
Simon has also threatened throughout, but he's withdrawn for Osman Bukari.
Chirivella has helped Nantes' midfield tick over in this game, but comes off now for Wylan Cyprien.
WHAT A SAVE!!! Thuram powers forward for Nice, evading challenge after challenge before teeing up Gouiri. His low shot forces a good parry from Lafont, who reacts brilliantly to then stop Delort's follow-up shot with his leg!
WIDE!!! Kluivert cuts inside from the left, and with few options, tries his luck from 30 yards. It's a decent effort, and has Lafont beaten, but he drags it just wide of the post!
Brahimi is dispossessed by Pallois and Blas looks to release Simon with a long ball forward, but Bulka's out of his goal and plucks the bouncing ball out of the air before the Nantes striker can latch onto it.
OVER!!! The free-kick is swung into the box and Thuram rises for it, but can't keep his header down and it sails over the bar.
Kluivert looks to have beaten Coco down the left, but he's dragged back by the Nantes wing-back and wins an attacking free-kick.
Delort goes down in the box, chasing a cross from Brahimi, but the referee's having none of it and she waves away his appeals for a penalty.
Dolberg's been feeding off scraps up front, and Nice bring on Bilal Brahimi hoping he'll have better luck in front of goal.
Rosario's been busy in midfield for Nice, but his workload now shifts to Mario Lemina, who replaces him.
Simon races clear down the left and waits for support, before teeing up Moutoussamy on the penalty spot. The midfielder scuffs his shot though, and it rolls through to Bard, who clears his lines.
WIDE!!! The corner travels all the way through to Blas on the edge of the box, who crosses for Castelletto, but he can't direct his header on target as it flies wide of the goal!
Coco takes on Bard down the far side and wins a corner, much to the Nice left-back's frustration.
CHANCE!!! Moses is released down the right and burns Dante for pace. He engages Bulka before cutting the ball back to Kolo Muani, but Lotomba makes a vital block to send his shot over the bar!
Nice make their first change, taking off Boudaoui for on-loan Roma forward Justin Kluivert.
Gouiri chests down a cross from Lotomba and looks to find Dolberg in front of goal, but Castelletto blocks it behind for a Nice corner.
Boudaoui catches Moutoussamy late in a 50-50 challenge, and is rather harshly booked by the referee.
Kolo Muani sets off on the counter for Nantes and gets around the outside of Todibo. He cuts inside Lotomba before squaring for Simon, but the final ball is a poor one and Dante intercepts!
CHANCE!!! Dolberg controls a loose ball to tee up Gouiri, but in steps Moutoussamy to win the ball as the Nice winger bears down on goal, and Pallois clears it!
Boudaoui fizzes the ball across the face of goal from the byline, but the knee of Girotto knocks it behind for a Nice corner.
WIDE!!! The corner is only half-cleared, and Chirivella arrives on the edge of the box, smashing a thunderous half-volley that flies just past the post! Nantes are in some kind of mood at the moment!
Nantes surge forward again through Kolo Muani, who crosses for Simon but Todibo puts it behind for a corner!
GOOOAAAALLL!!!! Blas smashes his penalty from 12 yards, straight into the back of the net, and the Nantes captain gives his side a 1-0 lead in this final!
PENALTY!!!! Nantes attack straight from the kick-off as Kolo Muani crosses from the byline. It comes to Merlin on the opposite side, whose volley back in strikes the arm of Lotomba and the referee points to the spot! What a start to the second half!
Kolo Muani resumes proceedings for Nantes, and the second half is off and running!
The teams head back out for the second half, as both chase a potential winner to take home the Coupe de France trophy!
Nantes captain Blas has been the most threatening player from either side so far, testing Bulka in the Nice goal twice already, and winning the ball three times in midfield to seamlessly link Les Canaris' midfield and attack. Leader.
The first half comes to an end with neither side yet able to find a goal! It's been end-to-end to say the least, with Nantes having the better chances, however there needs to be a large increase in the quality of the final ball from both sides if either is to find a breakthrough in the second half!
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HALF-TIME: NICE 0-0 NANTES.
We'll play a minutes' added time at the end of this first half.
Gouiri dribbles forward and looks to exploit Nice's three-to-two overlap on the Nantes defence, but his final pass to Dolberg is brilliantly intercepted by Pallois!
Coco is down and receiving treatment after landing awkwardly, but after a while on the deck gets to his feet and looks ready to continue.
Dolberg is dispossessed by Pallois who sends Nantes away on the break. Simon knocks the ball past Todibo down the left, and is shoved to the ground by the Nice defender, who is booked.
BLOCKED!!! The corner isn't the best and goes all the way through to Simon. He shoots low from the back post, but it's deflected away by Rosario!
Coco runs an under-lapping line and gets the ball in the box, having his wayward effort deflected for a corner!
Kolo Muani looks to cut inside before being felled by Dante, and both players and fans in yellow, green and black are fuming that he hasn't been penalised!
Kolo Muani takes a long diagonal ball and looks to beat Bard, but the Nice left-back outmuscles him in a tussle for the ball and prevents the cross, at the expense of a corner!
WIDE!!! Simon cuts inside from the left and takes on Thuram before letting fly. He smashes a low shot towards the near post, but drags it a yard wide of the target!
Merlin's cross from the left is over Blas, but Coco picks up the pieces on the right. He cuts the ball back to Chirivella, who fires a first-time effort high into the Saint-Denis sky from the edge of the box!
A Boudaoui cross from the right is headed away by Girotto, and Rosario's follow-up shot is blazed over the crossbar!
Two Nice players go down in the same attacking play. The latter, Thuram, releases Gouiri beforehand though, but the winger's shot is blocked by Pallois.
A long throw is headed on by Kolo Muani to Simon, who cuts inside and shoots. The flag's up against him though, and Dante blocks the effort regardless.
WIDE!!! Nice come forward through Lotomba, who squares it to Gouiri on the edge of the box. He cuts inside and shoots on his left, with only a late deflection taking it around the outside of the post!
CHANCE! Blas plays a clever one-two with Merlin and gets it back on the edge of the box. His touch takes it beyond the defenders but not Bulka, who races out to gather the ball with the Nantes captain closing in!
Nantes have had the better chances so far, producing two shots on target and winning 53.1 per cent of their duels. However, Nice have had more possession, averaging 52.7 per cent so far. They've not made much to show for it though, and the side in yellow are firmly on top in terms of attack.
Nantes win a second corner in quick succession, but Girotto can't direct his near-post header on target and the ball goes behind.
Thuram drops deep again to break up another Nantes attack, and he's looked by far Nice's most solid player so far. His on-the-ball transitions from defence to attack are giving Nice the space to counter, as they've been thoroughly second-best so far.
Nantes counter through Kolo Muani, who has Coco wide to his right. He feeds him and runs into the box to latch onto the return cross, but trips over Dante off the ball and has his pleas waved away by the referee!
Blas beats Bard down the right with ease, freeing up Moutoussamy to cross from the byline. He does so, but it's headed away by the Dante, and Merlin picks it up on the opposite wing.
Gouiri attempts to take on the Nantes defence in the box, but Castelletto stands tall and deflects the ball out for a throw-in.
Girotto rises highest at the corner, heading from the centre of the box but it's straight into Bulka's gloves.
Nantes work the ball forward well as Muani spreads it wide to Merlin. His cross goes all the way over to Coco on the opposite wing, and his delivery forces a punch away from Bulka!
SAVED!!! A long-range cross from the right is headed down by Simon, and Blas lets fly with a half-volley on his left foot that Bulka has to really stretch for to get down and hold!
It's been rather cagey so far, with neither side creating any clear-cut chances. The defences are currently on top, but with attackers as prolific as these two sides possess, it shouldn't stay that way for too long.
Blas strides forward with ease and links up with Merlin as Nantes look to counter. Nice do eventually halt the momentum of Les Canaris, but their captain just strolled through their defence in his own half.
CHANCE!!! Rosario's one-touch pass puts Gouiri through on goal, but a heavy touch allows Pallois to get in front of him and Lafont smothers the ball!
Bard intercepts a pass and streaks away down the left. He crosses for Dolberg in the box, but Girotto steps in to head the ball away!
Blas dribbles down the right but Thuram is back to make a fantastic tackle, winning it back for Nice and playing out from the back.
Merlin tries to pick out Simon with a throughball down the left, but the Nantes striker is a fraction offside and the referee penalises him.
Todibo turns Simon brilliantly to spark a counter-attack for Nice, but the final pass from Gouiri to Bard is poor and Coco intercepts it for Nantes.
Dolberg kicks off for Nice, and we're underway in Saint-Denis!
The two sides head onto the pitch, alongside the recently re-elected French president Emmanuel Macron no less, and we'll be kicking off in just a few moments!
Samuel Moutoussamy scored both in open play and from the penalty spot in the shoot-out to help Nantes reach the Stade de France, and the Congolese midfielder starts again in a five-man midfield, flanked by wing-backs Coco and Merlin.
Kasper Dolberg’s second-half finish sealed Nice’s passage to the final, and he starts up front alongside Andy Delort, who is the club’s top scorer this season.
NANTES SUBS: Remy Descamps, Fabio, Roli Pereira De Sa, Kalifa Coulibaly, Wylan Cyprien, Dennis Appiah, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Sebastian Corchia, Osman Bukari.
NANTES (3-5-2): Alban Lafont; Jean-Charles Castelletto, Andrei Girotto, Nicolas Pallois; Marcus Coco, Samuel Moutoussamy, Ludovic Blas, Pedro Chirivella, Quentin Merlin; Randal Kolo Muani, Moses Simon.
NICE SUBS: Walter Benitez, Flavius Daniliuc, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jordan Amavi, Bilal Brahimi, Mario Lemina, Justin Kluivert, Calvin Stengs, Evann Guessand.
NICE (4-4-2): Marcin Bulka; Jordan Lotomba, Jean-Clair Todibo, Dante, Melvin Bard; Hichem Boudaoui, Pablo Rosario, Kephrem Thuram, Amine Gouiri; Kasper Dolberg, Andy Delort.
Nantes needed penalties themselves to squeeze past Monaco to reach the final, but the ninth-placed Ligue 1 side will feel that this is their best chance to qualify for European football next season, as well as win their first trophy since 2001.
Lying fifth in Ligue 1, Nice beat defending champions PSG on penalties back in the Round of 16, and dispatched fourth-tier success story FC Versailles 78 2-0 in their semi-final.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of the Coupe de France final, as Nice take on Nantes at the Stade de France.