Minnows Les Herbiers run PSG close in French Cup final


PSG captain Thiago Silva lifts the French Cup trophy with his Les Herbiers counterpart Sebastien Flochon after winning the final 2-0

PARIS, May 9: Tiny Les Herbiers fell short of claiming one of the biggest upsets in football history but gave the mighty Paris Saint-Germain a game before losing 0-2 in Tuesday’s French Cup final.
Giovani Lo Celso scored PSG’s opener in the first half at the Stade de France, breaking the resistance of Les Herbiers after they had been saved three times by the woodwork early on.
PSG were then denied a second by a controversial call from the Video Assistant Referee, and they needed an Edinson Cavani penalty in the 74th minute to secure victory.
It was a brave Les Herbiers performance, although it was never in any real doubt that PSG would win the trophy for the fourth year running and complete a clean sweep of France’s domestic honours.
Their season will still arguably be best remembered for their Champions League exit to Real Madrid in the last 16, and for the never-ending soap opera that is Neymar. (AFP)