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For the first time since 1982, Saint-Etienne reached the French Football Cup final Thursday after beating defending champions Rennes 2-1. Thanks to the goal of Algerian midfielder Riad Boudebouz, who scored in the deadly time, Saint-Etienne took the lead and set a date against Paris Saint-Germain. </p><div> <p>Moments before the game ended, exactly in the fourth minute of extra time, the midfielder was kidnapped <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/20120903-football-france-sochaux-racism-algerian-riad-boudebouz" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Algerian riad boudebouz</strong></a> The winning goal for his team is Saint-Etienne and secured the pass to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/20200305-كأس-فرنسا-مبابي-يمطر-شباك-ليون-بثلاثية-ويقود-سان-جرمان-إلى-النهائي" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>final match</strong></a> To make an appointment with Paris Saint-Germain.
Minutes after coming to the pitch, Boudebouz scored a goal in the deadly time to give Saint Etienne a 2-1 win over defending champions Rennes on Thursday, reaching the French Football Cup final for the first time since 1982.
After the opening of the Senegalese Mbaye Niang, the penalty kick scored for Ren, the third local league, contrary to playing progress (33), Timothy Kuludjidjak equalized before the end of the first half (43).
Qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in its history
Saint-Etienne played the game after falling against Lyon on Sunday and leaving one point in six games of the league since the beginning of February, which led to his decline to the sixteenth place, just two points ahead of Nim, who occupies the first positions of the drop zone.
In contrast, Rennes won last season’s title at the expense of PSG in a penalty shootout.
Saint-Etienne, the defending champion, 6 times, the last of which was in 1977, confused Rennes dreams of achieving the French Cup double and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in its history (third place is the last qualifying place for the competition, an orphan point difference from the third night).
St Germain, the 12-time reigning champion (record), reached the final on Wednesday with a big win over arch-rivals and hosts Lyon 5-1, including a hat-trick for young international striker Killian Mbappe. The final match will take place at the Stade de France stadium next April 25.
France 24 / AFP