Saint-Etienne seal comeback win to reach first French Cup final since 1982
Saint-Etienne reached their first French Cup final in 38 years with a dramatic 2-1 win over title holders Stade Rennais on Thursday thanks to a stoppage-time strike from midfielder Ryad Boudebouz.
The home side had fallen behind after M'Baye Niang converted a penalty in the 33rd minute but Timothee Kolodziejczak drew Saint-Etienne level shortly before half-time with a header.
The match looked set for extra-time but Algeria international Boudebouz sparked wild scenes among the home fans with a thumping drive into the far bottom corner in the fourth minute of added time.
Saint-Etienne, who are languishing two points above the relegation zone in Ligue 1, won the last of their six French Cup titles in 1977. The last time they reached a final was back in 1982, when they lost to Paris Saint-Germain in a penalty shootout.
The two teams will meet again in this year's final after PSG trounced Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 on Wednesday in the other semi-final.
Happened this evening: Saint Etienne beat Rennes 2-1 to reach French Cup finals for the first time in 38 years and this is how the fans celebrated. Interestingly they meet PSG in the 2020 finals- same side they faced in 1982. pic.twitter.com/0FKx18AMUC— GARIBA RAUBIL (@GRAUBIL) March 5, 2020
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
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