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After back-to-back cup matches, PSG return to Ligue 1 action on Sunday with a trip to Lille. As for Reims, they host Metz three days from now.
Paris Saint-Germain beat 10-man Reims 3-0 at Stade Auguste-Delaune to set up a Coupe de la Ligue final showdown with Lyon. Marquinhos headed PSG in front after nine minutes and another fine set-piece delivery from Neymar led to Konan putting into his own net just after the half-hour mark. The hosts had a penalty shout for handball against Herrera turned down and then had Munetsi dismissed for a lunge on Verratti, before substitute Kouassi killed things off with a close-range finish.
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FULL-TIME: REIMS 0-3 PSG
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Konan, whose own goal in the first half left Reims with a big mountain to climb, powers down the right and sends in a teasing cross that goes right through the box. Up the other end, Choupo-Moting's shot is saved by Rajkovic and cleared for a corner.
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Three minutes have been added on at Stade Auguste-Delaune.
Mbappe picks up a rather comical yellow card for pushing the ball over the line with his hand after the whistle had already been blown.
Tanguy Kouassi, at 17 years and seven months, has become the third-youngest goalscorer for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions in the 21st century after Bartholomew Ogbeche and Adil Aouchiche.
PSG have ultimately been too strong for fellow Ligue 1 side Reims today, despite not really getting out of second or third gear. Neymar carries the ball past Abdelhamid as though he is not there and tees up Meunier, who hits it straight out of play from an angle - not sure if that was a shot or a cross!
The referee dishes out a yellow card to Rajkovic for shoving Mbappe to the ground. The home fans are unhappy with the decision.
This match is threatening to boil over now. There has been plenty of words exchanged over the last five minutes and Rajkovic has just shoved Mbappe to the ground after the forward kicked away the ball.
Verratti, somewhat harshly, is booked for taking too long to leave the field. He points out that he had to hand over the captain's armband before exiting the pitch.
Choupo-Moting comes on for Verratti as Tuchel makes another substitution.
SAVE! Paredes' shot takes a deflection and loops into the air, forcing Rajkovic into another save.
Reims have to be careful not to concede a fourth and fifth goal. They had a chance at 2-0 but their heads have dropped following Kouassi's close-range finish. PSG are cruising through to April's final.
Donis replaces Dia in Reims' third and final change of the semi-final.
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!! REIMS 0-3 PSG!!!!! KOUASSI KILLS OFF THE TIE! Paredes' impressive volley from outside the box is pushed onto the post by Rajkovic and substitute Kouassi is quickest to react for a simple finish. Game over!
Verratti is being jeered whenever he gets on the ball for his part in Munetsi's sending off. PSG are controlling the tempo of the match, knowing that they are now as good as in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. It is all about remaining professional for the remaining 14 minutes.
A tough task for Reims has just become a whole lot more difficult following Munetsi's dismissal. It looks as though head coach Guion has been booked by the referee, too, for his protestations.
REIMS ARE DOWN TO 10 MEN! Munetsi catches Verratti from behind and is shown a red card. It was far from malicious so that, on the face of it, appears to be a harsh decision.
After an end-to-end spell in the contest, Reims are currently the side asking all of the questions. If they were to pull one back it would be game on at Stade Auguste-Delaune.
PSG captain Marquinhos is unable to continue and is replaced by Kouassi.
Marquinhos has pulled up and is in need of treatment. He has taken off his captain's armband and is unlikely to continue.
IT SHOULD BE 3-0! PSG work a two-on-two situation. Neymar has Mbappe to his left but decides to go it alone and fails to get a shot away - great defending from Abdelhamid! It nearly proves costly as Reims get forward and Dia's curler is saved by Navas.
A flowing PSG move sees Meunier played into space down the right and he slips it into the path of Sarabia, but the cut-back is cleared. The visitors are lacking cutting edge in the final third.
NEARLY! This match has well and truly opened up over the last few minutes. Marquinhos does well to prevent Doumbia from cutting inside, and when the curled shot does eventually arrive it is sent just wide of the far post.
CLOSE! This is better from Neymar as he controls a chipped pass from Mbappe, works it onto his left foot and sends a shot just wide of the target. Mbappe is flagged for offside moments later.
PSG win back the ball high up the pitch and quickly feed it to Mbappe in the box. The France international is unable to work a shooting position and the attack disappointingly fizzles out.
Kutesa comes on for Foket in the next of Reims' alterations.
Romao is replaced by Dingome as Reims boss Guion makes a double change.
Romao completely wipes out Neymar close to the sideline and the PSG forward is not happy. It is nothing more than a telling-off from the referee Mikael Lesage.
That penalty scare goes to show that PSG cannot afford to drop off the pace. They have invited pressure on themselves since the restart and need to go back through the gears. Remember, Tuchel has the likes of Di Maria and Icardi on the bench.
PENALTY APPEAL! PSG had a penalty shout rejected in the first half and it is Reims' turn to be left upset by the referee's decision making. The ball ricochets off Marquinhos and clearly hits Herrera on the arm inside the box.
PSG had 67 per cent of the ball in the first half, compared to 23 per cent in the opening stages of the second period. Despite seeing plenty of the ball over the last 10 minutes, Reims are simply not asking enough questions of their opponents' defence.
It goes without saying that the next goal in the game - if one does indeed arrive - will be massive. Reims have struggled to create much of anything all contest, but they should not be written off just yet.
Neymar's latest set-piece delivery is decent, with the ball bouncing inside the six-yard box. None of his team-mates gamble, though, and the home side survive another scare.
Diallo acts as a shield between Kamara and the ball as it trickles out of play for a goal-kick. Reims turn over possession but a drilled pass is aimed at nobody in particular and PSG sweep up.
The home side have started the second half brightly. A cross from the right is in a good zone to attack, but Kimpembe heads it clear.
RESTART! Reims, needing two goals to take the game to a penalty shoot-out, get us back up and running at Stade Auguste-Delaune.
PSG have made a substitution ahead of the second half as Herrera takes over from Draxler.
Reims have yet to test PSG keeper Navas, with their four first-half attempts either off target or blocked. The hosts' only serious chance arrived just before Marquinhos' breakthrough goal as Chavalerin's close-range shot was blocked by the Brazil international. Chavalerin picked up an injury at the end of the first half so Guion may well be forced into a change, while opposite number Tuchel could turn to one of his fringe players at the break.
Paris Saint-Germain take a 2-0 lead into half-time against Reims in the second of the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals. Marquinhos headed in Neymar's corner from the edge of the six-yard box after nine minutes and Konan put into his own net just after the half-hour mark to give Tuchel's men some breathing space. Mbappe had a penalty appeal rejected between those two goals and Neymar's free-kick was saved around 10 minutes before the interval in a pretty dominant first-half showing from PSG.
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HALF-TIME: REIMS 0-2 PSG
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Just the one minute has been added on, surprisingly. It does not look as though Chavalerin will be rejoining the action before half-time, if at all.
Chavalerin fouls Paredes and injures himself in the process. The Reims physios are on and play is halted for a couple of minutes, which the officials will no doubt add on shortly.
Great pressing from Reims! Verratti is closed down by three players and gives the ball away inside his own box, but the home side are unable to keep their composure to create a shooting opportunity.
Doumbia shows a nice piece of trickery and, perhaps left somewhat embarrassed, Sarabia takes out the Reims winger. The referee decides against showing another yellow card.
The tempo of play has increased over the past few minutes and that is suiting PSG. Reims are misplacing passes and inviting pressure on themselves. The hosts could do with half-time.
Draxler tries to keep the ball in play but instead catches Abdelhamid from behind. The referee reaches into his pocket for the first time today.
Meunier is given all sorts of space down the right but is not picked out. The visitors look as though they could score a third before the interval to kill things off for good.
SAVE! Doumbia fouls Neymar and PSG have a free-kick in shooting range. Neymar positions himself as though he is going to instead cross it, but he tries to catch out Rajkovic by bending the ball around the wall. The Reims keeper makes the save but spills the ball and is thankful to see it eventually cleared.
Reims were arguably enjoying their best spell of the match in the minutes leading up to that own goal from Konan. They have an almighty task on their hands now, requiring at least two goals to take the game to a penalty shoot-out.
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!! REIMS 0-2 PSG!!! TUCHEL'S MEN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Neymar whips in a free-kick from the left and, under pressure from Marquinhos, Disasi flicks the ball towards his own net. Konan is stationed on the back post and gets the final touch.
Mbappe picks up the ball 10 yards inside the opposition half and accelerates forward. Within about a second he has four red shirts around him and loses possession. Up the other end, Reims probe away but cannot find the killer final pass.
Verratti buys a free-kick for his side just inside his own half. PSG are on top but are not really creating match at the moment.
Disasi helps break up an opposition attack on the edge of his own box and then leads a counter. Dia is very nearly played in, but he cannot quite get on the end of the throughball.
Tuchel's men are still looking pretty comfortable. They are happy to knock the ball around, but one goal may not be enough to see them through to the final. Reims are yet to test Navas in the PSG goal.
Marquinhos has scored 12 headed goals for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions since joining the club ahead of the 2013-14 season - only Edinson Cavani (30) has scored more during that period.
SHOT! Dia charges at the PSG box and the opportunity arises to have a go at goal. His shot is off target, though, and Navas is happy to watch it all the way behind.
Reims are desperately trying to build some momentum but PSG are not allowing them to do so. Doumbia attempts to get in behind down the left but Meunier makes the challenge.
Paredes goes in very hard on Disasi and is perhaps fortunate to avoid a booking. Prior to that, Draxler lost his balance in the box before he could get a shot away.
The visitors have had 79 per cent of the ball so far. They have managed just one attempt of any note, though - Marquinhos' headed opener.
PSG have been pretty dominant in the opening 13 minutes of the contest and now have a goal to build on. Reims are focusing on counter-attacks but Tuchel's men are well prepared to deal with the threat.
PENALTY APPEAL! Mbappe is played through on goal but overhits the ball and that gives Rajkovic a chance to race off his line. The keeper sends Mbappe crashing to the floor, but the officials do not deem it worthy of a penalty, instead awarding a corner.
This latest set-piece delivery from Neymar was much better, giving Marquinhos something to attack around the six-yard box.
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! REIMS 0-1 PSG!!! MARQUINHOS OPENS THE SCORING! Neymar pretty much failed to beat the first man from PSG's first three corners, but he goes deep from this fourth one and Marquinhos gets on the end of it. The visiting skipper outjumps Munetsi and sends a header past Rajkovic.
PSG win another corner, with Romao this time getting to the ball first to cut out a cross. Neymar's set-piece delivery is again underwhelming and Reims have a chance to regroup.
Draxler plays the ball to Neymar inside the box and the PSG forward tries to take on Disasi, but his opponent stands strong to block off the path. A corner is won and it comes to little.
BLOCK! Reims hit PSG on the counter and a searching ball towards the back post is helped into the path of Chavalerin. The midfielder gets a shot away but Marquinhos makes an important block in front of goal.
The visitors have dominated possession in the opening stages - as expected, really. Paredes is unable to pick out a team-mate, however, and the ball trickles out of play for a goal-kick.
The ball goes behind off Konan and PSG have an early corner. Neymar whips it in towards the front post and a Reims player gets to it first.
KICK-OFF! Paris Saint-Germain get the second of the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals under way!
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Stade Auguste-Delaune, with kick-off just moments away. Which of these sides will join Lyon - penalty shoot-out winners against Lille on Tuesday - in April's final?
Paris Saint-Germain have won the Coupe de la Ligue eight times, most recently going all the way in 2018, while Reims' only success in the competition was 29 years ago.
This is PSG's third match in a week and Tuchel has made seven changes following the Coupe de France triumph at Lorient on Sunday. Sarabia scored a late winner in that most recent outing and retains his place in the side today, as do Diallo, Paredes and Draxler. Neymar and Mbappe are among those to come in, taking over from benched pair Di Maria and Icardi. There is no Edinson Cavani in the matchday squad amid links with a move away.
David Guion has made three changes to Reims' starting line-up on the back of last week's draw with Amiens. Captain Romao returns alongside Chavalerin in central midfield, with Cassama and Dingome dropping to the bench, while Kamara is in for Kutesa.
Subs: Layvin Kurzawa, Nianzou Kouassi, Ander Herrera, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mauro Icardi, Sergio Rico, Angel Di Maria.
PSG XI (4-2-3-1): Keylor Navas; Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos (c), Presnel Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo; Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti; Pablo Sarabia, Julian Draxler, Neymar; Kylian Mbappe.
Subs: Moreto Cassama, Dario Maresic, Tristan Dingome, Anastasios Donis, Nicolas Lemaitre, Dereck Kutesa, Suk Hyun-jun.
REIMS XI (4-1-4-1): Predrag Rajkovic; Thomas Foket, Axel Disasi, Yunis Abdelhamid, Ghislain Konan; Marshall Munetsi; Moussa Doumbia, Jacques-Alaixys Romao (c), Xavier Chavalerin, Hassane Kamara; Boulaye Dia.
Reims scraped past Strasbourg on penalties in the last round following a goalless draw in normal time and now have a showdown with the competition favourites.That shoot-out win against Strasbourg is their only victory in five matches in all competitions, most recently playing out a 1-1 draw with Amiens in Ligue 1 last Wednesday.
PSG have won this competition a record eight times, including five years in a row prior to last season's shock early exit. The French champions are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions and remain on course for a domestic and European quadruple. The Coupe de la Ligue is arguably bottom of their list of priorities, but it is a competition boss Thomas Tuchel takes seriously - as reflected by the team he has fielded today.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final clash between Reims and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Auguste-Delaune.