Kylian Mbappe scored one goal and scored the other as Paris Saint-Germain stayed on the course for an inside double, beating Monaco 2-0 to keep the French Cup on Wednesday.
PSG’s 14th victory for a record 14th victory came to the rescue after a terrible mistake in defense gave an early goal to striker Mauro Icardi. It was created by Mbappe, who then scored his 41st goal of the season late.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with the players before the match at the Stade de France, talking at length with Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yeder and several others.
The two met for the third time in the final, with PSG winning 1-0 in 2010 and Monaco triumphing with the same result in 1985.
Monaco have beaten PSG twice in the league this season, but this time they failed and never looked like winning the race for the sixth time and the first since ’91.
PSG controlled, but without creating a chance for a big mistake by the central defender of Monaco Axel Disassi in the 19th minute. He failed to control a simple pass from his goalkeeper on the edge of the penalty area and Mbape took the ball away from him before giving an open goal to Icardi.
PSG created shortly after, but neither Monaco nor coach Niko Kovac replaced the surprisingly ineffective Ben Yeder with Stevan Jovetic by about 30 minutes.
PSG had a small escape shortly after when a right cross from Gelson Martins leaned over goalkeeper Kaler Navas and hit the crossbar.
Mbappe also hit the crossbar with a fine chip in the 80’s, but cut off a shot in the bottom corner from Angel Di Maria’s pass moments later.
PSG follows the league leader Lille with one point, heading to the last round of matches on Sunday.