Nevertheless, coach Thomas Tuchel faces an anxious wait over the health of Kylian Mbappe forward of subsequent month’s Champions League quarter-final after the France star limped off in the course of the first half with an ankle harm.
The World Cup winner was later seen within the tunnel on crutches.
PSG secured the primary of a possible three trophies this summer season, added a record-extending 13th French Cup to their checklist of honours with the League Cup remaining towards Lyon to come back subsequent Friday earlier than the resumption of their European marketing campaign in Portugal.
The ultimate on the Stade de France was the primary official match in one among Europe’s prime soccer nations to permit followers to attend since March, albeit in severely restricted numbers with simply 2,805 spectators — together with President Emmanuel Macron — contained in the 80,000-seater venue.
A minute’s applause was held forward of kick-off for the victims of COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of over 30,000 folks in France, and in assist of frontline employees.
PSG had racked up 20 objectives with out reply in three friendlies constructing as much as the ultimate, however Yvann Macon’s crunching deal with on Neymar within the first minute steered no such goodwill can be afforded by Saint-Etienne of their first French Cup remaining look since 1982.
The problem set the tone for a fractious opening interval and Denis Bouanga was inches from firing Saint-Etienne forward when his strike rebounded again off Keylor Navas’s left-hand submit.
– Neymar slams house –
Unfazed by that scare, PSG led on 14 minutes as Mbappe burst into the realm after an change with Angel Di Maria and Neymar crashed house the rebound by way of the underside of the crossbar after a high quality save from Jessy Moulin.
Bouanga twice compelled Navas to show away whereas Moulin produced a sensational one-handed cease to tip over from Di Maria, incomes plaudits from the Argentine himself.
Saint-Etienne’s hopes of combating again had been deeply hampered halfway by the primary half although when captain Loic Perrin, on doubtless his remaining look for the membership, was despatched off for a dreadful problem on Mbappe.
The World Cup winner required prolonged remedy however was compelled off after his proper ankle was trapped between the legs of Perrin, whose yellow card was upgraded to crimson following a VAR evaluate.
Feelings boiled over with 5 gamers booked within the aftermath following an unsightly melee, however the higher concern for PSG would be the severity of Mbappe’s harm.
The France star reemerged from the tunnel on crutches within the second half, with lower than three weeks earlier than PSG’s Champions League tie towards Atalanta on August 12.
Moulin stored Saint-Etienne in with a distant shot of ending their 43-year await a seventh French Cup title, repelling Mauro Icardi and Di Maria earlier than spreading himself beautifully to disclaim Pablo Sarabia.
The goalkeeper even raced ahead for a late nook however PSG held agency to atone for final 12 months’s defeat within the remaining by Rennes on penalties, clinching the trophy for the fifth time up to now six seasons.