At the end of a semi-final full of suspense, Montpellier and Paris SG, back to back at the end of regulation time (2-2), had to go through a penalty shootout to decide. The Parisians validate their ticket for the final of the Coupe de France, the seventh in a row.
Montpellier hosted Paris SG this Wednesday evening in the semi-final of the Coupe de France. The Héraultais, winners this weekend in Strasbourg (2-3, 36th day of Ligue 1), aligned their forces, with Téji Savanier, Florent Mollet, Gaëtan Laborde or Andy Delort. The Parisians made nine changes from the trip to Rennes on Sunday (1-1). Kylian Mbappé was notably back after an absence of several days for a calf injury. It was also the 2018 world champion who lit the first fuse with a strike from 20 meters, quietly captured by Dimitry Bertaud (2nd). A few minutes later, the attacker, all in speed and power, adjusted the Montpellier goalkeeper with a dry strike under the bar and opened the scoring on a perfect serve from Idrissa Gueye who was coming out of a one-two with Mauro Icardi (0-1, 10th). Mbappé was then very close to doubling the bet after a one-two with Icardi (12th). In all the good shots, the n ° 7 sent a cross for the Argentinian, whose volley of the flat foot was finally deflected for a corner (13th).
Alessandro Florenzi, not attacked by the defense of the MHSC, attempted a strike from 25 meters, off target (14th). Mbappé offered himself a new situation, once again isolated by Gueye, but Bertaud intervened (15th). The defending champions, always dominating, continued to produce play and create chances. The frame slipped away on a recovery from the left of Pablo Sarabia, served by Florenzi (20th). A center-shot of the Italian, deflected by Mihailo Ristic, was very close to deceiving Bertaud (23rd). The Pailladins reacted on a corner kick, kicked by Téji Savanier, that Daniel Congré could not take well (26th). On a good placed action, Mbappé offered a goal ball to Icardi but Bertaud kept an eye on his line (28th). Leandro Paredes then sent a strike in the stands of La Mosson (30th). Gueye also tried himself at the entrance to the area, but did not catch the frame (40th). Only, to dominate is not to win. And on a recovery from Hilton in his area, Laborde inherited the leather on the left side, after five passes, fixed Florenzi and sent a magnificent strike from the left into the opposite window of Navas to put the two teams in a tie (1-1, 45th).
Cascade of Parisian opportunities, Montpellier does not let go
After the locker room, Stephy Mavididi entered Montpellier side. Savanier created the first situation, but his shot flew far above (46th). A booster shot for the Red-and-Blue who immediately set out on the attack. Sarabia, perfectly offset by Mbappé, sent a shot that died flush with the post (47th). Almost in the process, Mbappé accelerated on the left side and served Icardi. The international albiceleste found Rafinha behind, but his shot went over (48th). Marquinhos partners would finally be rewarded. Mbappé, found on the left side in the depth by Rafinha, entered the box, colds Hilton and closely beat Bertaud (1-2, 50th). At the end of a magnificent collective movement, Rafinha centered, Icardi let slip between his legs for Sarabia. The resumption of the right of the Spaniard made Bertaud shine (58th). Laborde tried his luck again from the left, with much less success (60th). Bertaud was still in evidence on a new sequence overflow-strike of the right of Mbappé (61st).
After having suffered the waves of Ile-de-France, Montpellier was playing its game and putting pressure on entering the last quarter of an hour. Laborde of the head (72nd), Savanier (75th) and Mavididi (77th) gave a hard time to the Parisian defense, without succeeding in making it bend. Ristic shot a pure left strike that Navas repelled with both fists (79th). And, a few seconds after the exit of Mbappé, replaced by Kean, on a fast counter, Laborde, right side, sent a cross in first intention to Delort, who did not miss the offering of the flat of the right foot at the far post (2 -2, 83rd). Neymar came into play for the last moments and took a yellow for an intervention on Savanier. Moise Kean sent a strike in the clouds (90th + 2). Hilton saved on his line a shot from Icardi (90th + 3) before Bertaud defeated Danilo Pereira on the consecutive corner (90th + 4). Score at the end of regular time: 2-2. On penalties, the Parisians won (6-5) after a failure by Junior Sambia and went to the final of the Coupe de France.