Football: PSG reach French League Cup final after beating Toulouse 2-0

Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi (right) and Toulouse's Etienne Didot go for a header during their French League Cup football match.
Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi (right) and Toulouse's Etienne Didot go for a header during their French League Cup football match. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Holders Paris Saint-Germain moved into the French League Cup final after seeing off a stubborn Toulouse 2-0 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

The away team were much improved from their 4-0 thrashing at Monaco on Sunday, but after Ezequiel Lavezzi put PSG in front the result never seemed in doubt.

Angel di Maria backed up his excellent brace against Angers on Saturday with a wonderful second goal to put paid to Toulouse hopes.

The visitors' misery was compounded late on when substitute Martin Braithwaite had a penalty saved by Nicolas Douchez.

The capital city outfit are now just one win away from extending their record haul of five League Cups and will face Lille in the final on April 23 at the Stade de France.

"We showed an exemplary mentality and played a good match," said PSG coach Laurent Blanc who made seven changes to his starting lineup. "We are a composed team, the players want to win matches."

PSG ended Toulouse's resistance in the 65th minute as Lavezzi sent out a reminder of his talents with a crucial goal. The Argentinian was set clear by an excellent deep pass from Adrien Rabiot that took the visiting defence out of the equation, and he finished at the second attempt after goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea had kept out his initial effort.

Just seven minutes later his compatriot di Maria made it two with a pin-point, swerving shot from distance that gave PSG the breathing space they needed to ease into the final.