PSG retain French League Cup

Paris, April 24 (IANS) French champions Paris Saint-Germain became the most decorated club of the country after beating Lille 2-1 to crown the Coupe de la Ligue.

The club established in 1970 secured its fourth Ligue 1 title in a row with eight rounds remaining in this season’s fixtures here on Saturday. The club now has 29 trophies, reports Xinhua.

Saturday’s victory at the Stade de France means PSG remain on course for a clean sweep of domestic trophies. It is the Parisians’ 11th title under the reign of current chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

PSG have won four Ligue 1 titles, one Coupe de France, three Coupes de la Ligue and three Trophees des Champions since the Qatari’s arrival in 2011.

Meanwhile, the capital club will take on Marseille in the Coupe de France final on May 21, also at the Stade de France.

Angel di Maria claimed the winner in Saturday’s French League Cup final against Lille, curling the ball past visitors’ goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from a 40-meter range in the 75th, just four minutes after Adrien Rabiot was sent off.

Javier Pastore put PSG in front on 40 minutes when the Argentine midfielder’s volley from the edge of the penalty area took a slight deflection before beating Enyeama.

Lille appealed for offside since PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa standing inside the box as the ball flew into the net, but the officials ruled that out.

Four minutes into the second half, Djibril Sidibe equalised with a free-kick being directed into the corner of the net.

–IANS

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