Rennes win wild cup final as PSG, Mbappé and Neymar lose their heads

PSG threw away a 2-0 lead, Kylian Mbappé was sent off and Neymar hit out as Rennes won their first trophy in 48 years

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Rennes had not won a trophy since 1971 and it showed. Keeper Tomas Koubek hared wide-eyed down the touchline; Hatem Ben Arfa was in tears; sporting director Olivier Létang booted balls into the crowd; Clément Grenier cramped up chasing Koubek; and 30,000 Bretons erupted at the end of a raucous night at the Stade de France. Amid a downpour in Paris, the cup of shocks produced one of its most memorable upsets as PSG were embarrassed again, a talented young manager triumphed and Ben Arfa had his revenge.

Incredibly, PSG had been 2-0 up. Dani Alves gave them the lead in the 13th minute, volleying Neymar’s corner past Koubek à la Beckham and Scholes. Neymar doubled the lead with a cute dink eight minutes later. It looked like the rest of the match would be a formality, but Presnel Kimpembe’s sliced clearance flew past Alphonse Areola just before half-time to give Rennes hope.

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