Mbappé scores a deflected goal as PSG beats Rennes 1-0 to reach French Cup final

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PARIS — Kylian Mbappé saw his first-half penalty saved but then scored with a deflected shot moments later as Paris Saint-Germain beat Rennes 1-0 to reach the French Cup final on Wednesday.

PSG goes for a record-extending 15th French Cup trophy when it faces first-division rival Lyon on May 25 in Lille.

Rennes beat PSG in the 2019 final, with Mbappé sent off in extra time for a crude challenge, and looked largely in control during the first half Wednesday at Parc des Princes.

Mbappé was having a quiet game when he appeared to let himself tumble as he earned a penalty cutting into the area from the left flank. Veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda guessed correctly, diving low to his right and palming away the star’s spot-kick in the 37th minute.

Three minutes later, Mbappé was celebrating after finishing off a long counterattack with a deflected strike that hit a defender and wrong-footed Mandanda as it rolled into the bottom left corner.

Mandanda made a smart save from his France teammate Mbappé early in the second half, but Rennes did not create enough in attack to threaten Gianluigi Donnarumma in the PSG goal.

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Coach Luis Enrique’s team remains on course for a treble.

PSG leads the French league by 12 points with only seven rounds remaining and faces Barcelona — Enrique’s former club — in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The first leg is in Paris next Wednesday.

Source: AP