Paris Saint-Germain and the Coupe de France final: Part IV (2010-)
We take a look back at the club's most recent Coupe de France finals ahead of Saturday's encounter with Rennes at the Stade de France.
Act 11 - 1 May 2010, Stade de France: Paris Saint-Germain - AS Monaco (1-0 a.e.t.)
After losing two years earlier to Lyon in the same circumstances, you could start to get worried when extra-time comes round. Just like OL 'keeper Grégory Coupet in 2008, Monaco goalie Stéphane Ruffier also had luck on his side as Mevlüt Erding found the woodwork in normal time. The Parisians didn't give up, and Guillaume Hoarau followed up Christophe Jallet's shot to head home the winner (105'). Claude Makelélé lifted the trophy to add a finishing touch to the club's 40th birthday celebrations.
Act 12 - 14 May 2011, Stade de France: Paris Saint-Germain - LOSC (0-1)
Winners just 12 months earlier, this time it was to end in tears. Up against the future French champions, Paris succumbed to a Ludovic Obraniak free-kick that lobbed Coupet, by now in the Paris goal (89'). Coupet pushed out a Mathieu Débuchy penalty shortly after (90+1'), but could not prevent Lille taking a first step towards the double.
Act 13 - 30 May 2015, Stade de France: AJ Auxerre - Paris Saint-Germain (0-1)
Up against brave Ligue 2 opponents, for whom goalkeeper Donovan Léon stood out, Paris netted through Edinson Cavani's header from a Gregory van der Wiel cross (65')! The goal secured a piece of club history: a maiden quadruple!
Act 14 - 21 May 2016, Stade de France: Olympique de Marseille - Paris Saint-Germain (2-4)
Ten years after their last meeting at the Stade de France, the pair met again for a Classique final. It was lit up by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who - after Blaise Matuidi had opened the scoring (2') - scored twice himself and teed up Cavani for another in his final game for the club, signing off in grand style by helping complete another quadruple and adding a tenth Coupe de France to the club's trophy cabinet, as many as OM...
Act 15 - 27 May 2017, Stade de France: Angers SCO - Paris Saint-Germain (0-1)
After losing their Ligue 1 title to Monaco, the Rouge et Bleu were determined to end the campaign with 'their other trophy'. In the 100th final, it took time for Paris Saint-Germain to make the breakthrough: Issa Cissakho putting through his own goal from an Angel Di Maria corner with extra-time looming (90+2'). Maxwell lifted the club's 11th Coupe de France, putting them ahead of all their domestic rivals in the competition. It was also only the third time a club had won three successive years, following Red Star (1921-1923) and Lille (1946-1948).
Act 16 - 8 May 2018, Stade de France: Les Herbiers VF - Paris Saint-Germain (0-2)
Les Herbiers, a team from France's third tier, had managed to reach the final after a run that ensured they would not be taken lightly. Paris certainly showed that, hitting the woodwork three times in the opening 20 minutes! Giovani Lo Celso's precise shot (26') and Cavani's penalty ensured there was no upset however as Paris Saint-Germain made it Coupe de France final win number 12. In a touch of class, Thiago Silva invited Sébastien Flochon, the captain of Les Herbiers, to lift the cup with him.