PSG wins fifth title
2 April, 2018, 12:00 am
BORDEAUX, France – Kylian Mbappe played chief tormentor as Paris St Germain beat Monaco 3-0 to claim their fifth French League Cup title in succession on Saturday in a game where video refereeing played its part.
PSG, who have now won their last 40 games in the French Cup or League Cup, prevailed through an Edinson Cavani double and a goal by Angel Di Maria, but it was France international Mbappe who caught the eye at the Matmut Atlantique.
The 19-year-old, who is set to be one of France’s key players at the World Cup, won PSG’s early penalty and set up both the other goals in a man-of-the-match performance.
It is PSG’s second final victory against Monaco after they beat them 4-1 last year, but it will do little to erase the bad memories from another early exit in the Champions League after they were eliminated in the last 16 this season.
Portugal might sweat over midfielder Joao Moutinho’s fitness ahead of the World Cup after he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher with a suspected knee injury.
Clement Turpin, who will be one of the referees at the World Cup in Russia, used the video assistant referee (VAR) technology to award PSG an early penalty after Kamil Glik had brought down Mbappe.
Cavani converted it to put PSG ahead on eight minutes, underlining Ligue 1 leaders PSG’s superiority over the likely runners-up.
The Parisians were clearly a cut above and on a lightning-quick counter-attack, Mbappe’s delightful pass found Di Maria, who coolly slotted the ball past Danijel Subasic in the 21st minute.
Monaco had promising ideas but Thomas Lemar, Youri Tielemans or Rony Lopes were too clumsy in the box.