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PSG win 13th French Cup title

Paris St-Germain (PSG) overcame an injury to Kylian Mbappe to beat 10-man Saint-Etienne and win the French Cup in a game that saw some fans allowed into the Stade de France.

This was the first game in France after the league was ended in April because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Neymar opened the scoring in a fiery first half that saw Loic Perrin sent off for a bad foul on Kylian Mbappe.

It prompted a melee on the pitch before the injured Mbappe had to go off.

The France international left the pitch in tears and later returned to the dugout on crutches. He will be a serious doubt for PSG’s Champions League quarter-final with Atalanta in August.

Neymar’s goal proved enough to seal a 13th French Cup for PSG as the second half played out with few incidents of note, with both sides showing tiredness on their return to competitive action.

PSG were awarded the league title after the season was ended early and this win means they have completed a league and cup double.

However, their hopes of adding League Cup and Champions League success to that have been dented by the injury to Mbappe.

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Mbappe was left in agony after being scythed down by a sliding challenge from Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin as he looked to run through on goal.

Replays showed Mbappe’s right ankle was bent inwards by the tackle, which sparked a furious melee between both sets of players, with even Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Jessy Moulin running out of his penalty area to get involved.

The former Monaco forward then reemerged from the dressing room during the closing stages of the second half on crutches.

Perrin was initially booked for the challenge but after consulting the VAR monitor, referee Amaury Delerue decided to upgrade his punishment to a red card, the third time Saint-Etienne have had a player sent off in the first half in a game against PSG this season.

PSG also lost defender Thilo Kehrer to injury during the opening 45 minutes, with Colin Dagba coming on in his place.

Mbappe had earlier played key role in PSG’s opener, with his fierce shot parried by Moulin into the path of Neymar, who smashed the rebound in off the bar from close range.

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