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Thursday, April 29, 2004 

PSG claim place in the French Cup Final

Paris Saint-Germain FC will take on second division side LB Châteauroux in the French Cup final on 29 May at the Stade de France.

PSG remained on course for their sixth French Cup triumph but but only made it through against FC Nantes Atlantique 4-3 on spot-kicks after the first 120 minutes produced a 1-1 draw. In the other semi-final third division side Dijon FC d'Or were beaten 2-0 by LB Châteauroux, who now look likely for an unlikely European debut in next season's UEFA Cup.

Last year's beaten finalists Nantes, who also lost in the League Cup final against FC Sochaux Montbéliard on penalties eleven days ago, fell behind against PSG on 50 minutes when Fabrice Fiorèse turned in a ball from Juan Pablo Sorin. However, in the second minute of added time Nantes defender Mario Yepes headed his side level.

Neither the final seconds of normal time nor the additional 30 minutes produced a winning goal. It seemed the shoot-out was heading Nantes' way when Mikael Landreau saved early on. But first Frédéric Da Rocha was denied by PSG goalkeeper Lionel Létizi and although Bernard Mendy's effort was saved by Landreau, two Nantes penalties were struck over the bar leaving Modeste M'Bami to convert the capital side's winning kick.

The victory keeps PSG's double hopes on course, as they trail Olympique Lyonnais by only three point in Ligue 1 with five games left, looking odds-on to clinch one of France's three UEFA Champions League berths.

Nantes : Landreau - Yepes, Armand, Delhommeau, Guillon (Ateba, 23e) - Yapi Yapo (Toulalan, 79e), Berson, Da Rocha, Fae - Moldovan (N'Zigou, 53e), Vahirua. Entr. : Amisse.

PSG : Letizi - Déhu, Heinze, Mendy, Pierre-Fanfan - Cana, Fiorèse (Touré, 84e), M'Bami, Sorin - Ljuboja (Hugo Leal, 79e), Reinaldo (Cubilier, 88e). Entr. : Halilhodzic.

Goal(s) : Yepes (93e) pour Nantes ; Fiorèse (50e) pour PSG

Source: Uefa.com

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