PSG Lose Cup Final On Penalties As Neymar Accused Of Punching Fan

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PSG were defeated in the final of the Coupe De France on Friday night blowing a 2-0 lead to lose to Rennes 6-5 on penalties in what was a disastrous night for the French Champions.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were looking for their fifth Coupe De France in a row and raced into a two-goal lead after just twenty minutes as Dani Alves and Neymar looked to be easing them towards another cup triumph.

PSG, however, took their foot off the gas and their opponents Rennes, looking for their first victory in the competition since 1971, got back into the game thanks to an own goal from Presnal Kimpembe before drawing level shortly after the hour mark.

The game headed into extra-time and with penalties looming, PSG’s wonderkid Kylian Mbappé saw red for a horror challenge just two minutes before the end of the 30-minute period.

Young midfielder Christopher Nkunku missed the decisive spot kick in the shootout as Thomas Tuchel’s underwhelming first season at the club ended without a domestic cup.

There was also a flashpoint involving Neymar following the game as the Brazilian and his teammates went to collect their runners up medals.

The striker clearly took exception to the behaviour of a fan in the crowd before confronting him and appearing to strike the man before continuing his ascent.

“We need to be more like men in the dressing room, we must be more united,” Neymar told reporters in the mixed zone following the loss.

“I see a lot of young players who are, not lost exactly, but they lack more ear than mouth.

“They must listen more than they talk. Sometimes a more experienced guy speaks, and they answer back. The coach himself speaks, and they retort. This is not how a team goes far.

“We are more experienced, so they must respect us a bit more, listen a bit more. I had to do the same when I was starting out.”

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