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Saint-Etienne 2-1 Rennes: Boudebouz downs defending champions and books final spot

Saint-Étienne v Rennes Match Report, 05/03/2020, Coupe de France | Goal.com

Saint-Etienne 2-1 Rennes: Boudebouz downs defending champions and books final spot

22:06 GMT 05/03/2020

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Saint-Etienne will feature in a first Coupe de France final since 1982 after defeating Rennes on Thursday.

Substitute Ryad Boudebouz’s stoppage-time winner sent Saint-Etienne into the Coupe de France final with a dramatic 2-1 victory over defending champions Rennes on Thursday.

A cool finish into the bottom-right corner in the 94th minute from Boudebouz sent the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into raptures and booked a meeting with Paris Saint-Germain on April 25.

Saint-Etienne started the brighter of the two sides but found themselves behind when M’Baye Niang resoundingly converted a 33rd-minute penalty awarded following William Saliba’s foul on Raphinha.

Timothee Kolodziejczak restored parity ahead of half-time and Boudebouz – who had replaced Yann M’Vila in the 83rd minute – struck at the last, with the final whistle followed by a pitch invasion from the jubilant home supporters.

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