Moise Kean was the shoot-out hero for Paris Saint-Germain as they edged into the Coupe de France final by beating Montpellier on penalties after a Kylian Mbappe masterclass was not enough to finish the job in normal time.
Smarting after seeing their Champions League challenge ended by Manchester City and their Ligue 1 title defence severely dented by Rennes, two wonderful Mbappe goals, which sandwiched a similarly admirable Gaetan Laborde strike for Montpellier, appeared to have secured PSG’s place in a sixth Coupe de France final in seven seasons.
But Andy Delort scored a late leveller to make it 2-2 in a dramatic finale to send an absorbing contest to penalties.
Five players from each team all delivered in a high-quality shoot-out, but the pressure proved too much for Junior Sambia, who blazed over the bar to give Kean the opportunity to seal a spot in the final against Monaco or fourth-tier Rumilly Vallieres as he fired into the top-left corner.
It became clear right from the off that PSG and Mbappe were in the mood and the talisman broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion in the 10th minute.
Mbappe controlled Idrissa Gueye’s superb pass with an excellent first touch before rifling a left-footed finish into the roof of the net.
PSG continued to dominate without really testing Dimitry Bertaud in the Montpellier goal, and they were pegged back by a stunner from Laborde.
The forward finished off a Montpellier counter by arrowing a vicious strike into the top-right corner from a tight angle on the left side of the box, leaving Keylor Navas with no chance.
Pablo Sarabia curled narrowly wide shortly after the break, but PSG’s advantage was restored courtesy of a wonderful individual goal from Mbappe.
He surged down the left wing and into the box before exquisitely dancing inside Hilton and arcing a shot beyond a helpless Bertaud.
Bertaud kept Montpellier in it, saving from Sarabia and then to deny Mbappe his hat-trick, with Navas required to make a diving save from Mihailo Ristic’s drive at the other end before the hosts provided a late twist.
Shortly after Mbappe had been withdrawn, Laborde took advantage of poor PSG defending to slide in a low cross from the right, giving Delort the simple task of tapping in from point-blank range.
PSG introduced Neymar and he teed up Mauro Icardi, only for the Argentina striker to be denied by a goal-line clearance from Hilton. Danilo Pereira was then thwarted at the last as Montpellier clung on for a shoot-out that was settled as Kean kept his nerve after Sambia lost his.
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