Holders PSG book Lille Cup final date
Holders Paris Saint Germain booked a French Cup final meeting with Lille on Wednesday after overcoming second division Angers 3-1 in their semi-final.
PSG have not won the league title in 17 years, but in contrast have a fine Cup record with three successes in the past seven years. Through to their 12th final, they now get their chance to land a ninth success - which would leave them one behind Marseille - in the 14 May final after goals from Mathieu Bodmer, Nene and Guillaume Hoarau rendered a Renouard reply redundant.
After PSG had twice struck the woodwork in an energetic opening, Bodmer netted the opener midway through the first half with a neat finish from a Nene cross and the latter himself effectively put the encounter to bed six minutes after the restart. This time Bodmer repaid the compliment by crossing and Nene fired home a sizzling first-time effort.
Although Renouard gave Angers hope after 57 minutes with a fine strike on the turn Hoarau, fed by Nene, restored the two-goal margin just after the hour mark to allow PSG to play out the final stages in comfort.
"We're on a great run," said PSG coach Antoine Kombouare. "Angers gave us a few problems but we stuck to our task. The second goal helped us a lot," he told broadcaster France 2. "(The final) should be a great occasion and we are proud to have lived up to expectations in getting there."
Lille will be looking to do the double in the final as they currently lead the league a point ahead of defending champions Marseille. The northerners have had a bumpy ride of late with some inconsistent showings including a 1-0 loss at relegation candidates Monaco.
But on Tuesday they were all business in swatting Nice 2-0 away courtesy of goals eitgher side of half-time by budding Belgian Eden Hazard with a fine angled drive and Gervinho, who beat the offside trap to net with a cool finish at the Stade de Rey.
Lille have won the trophy five times but this will be their first final since the last of those wins back in 1955. "We are living through something historic, Lille haven't been in a final since 1955. Players, management and the club president - we're all proud of taking the people of Lille to the Stade de France," said Lille coach Rudi Garcia.