Author so two exceptional performances already this season against the capital club, Monaco ‘keeper Ruffier thought he was going to be PSG’s bête noire once again. The principality’s shot-stopper produced another string of decisive saves before succumbing in the end.

Yet the first 90 minutes gave a strange feeling of déjà vu. Dominated in their two league meetings, Les Monégasques claimed all six points via counterattacks in the dying minutes for a 2-0 win at the Stade Louis II and 1-0 at the Parc.

The impressive Ruffier, particularly in the first 45 minutes denied Sylvain Armand (13’), Ludovic Giuly (15’) and Mevlut Erding (28’). And when Mamadou Sakho beat the ‘keeper, Pino was there to clear off the line (14’)! Guy Lacombe’s side sat back and Pino tried to catch the ‘home’ side on the break. From six yards out, the Colombian saw his effort palmed out by Edel (43’).

The second half was a far calmer affair. Yet just minutes before the end of regulation time, PSG carved out a great chance. Erding found himself clean through, lifting the ball over Ruffier only to see it come back off the crossbar (82’)! In the end, Hoarau liberated the PSG fans with his header after Ruffier denied Christophe Jallet’s initial effort. The Reunion Island striker with the simplest of finishes (1-0, 105’).

PSG went on to lift to the trophy and continue its love affair with the Cup. After triumphs in 1982, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004 and 2006, the club from the capital wins French Cup number eight, qualifying for next season’s Europa League in the process.