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Coupe de France: Hoarau the hero for PSG

Paris St Germain lifted the Coupe de France title after Guillaume Hoarau's extra-time header ensured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Monaco at a sold-out Stade de France.

The sides could not be separated after 90 minutes during which PSG forward Mevlut Erding came closest when he fired against the crossbar with eight minutes to play.

The capital club had dominated for long periods in the match and finally got their reward in stoppage time of the first extra-time period when Hoarau headed home after Monaco goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier blocked Christophe Jallet's shot into his path.

It was one-way traffic for PSG in the opening half as they went in search of the game's opening goal without luck.

Mamadou Sakho thought he had scored when his 14th-minute volley beat Ruffier only for Pablo Pino to clear off the line.

Ruffier then produced an outstanding save to deny Ludovic Giuly's shot from a tight angle and the Monaco goalkeeper was on hand again to keep out Erding's effort.

Jallet then fired wide after 36 minutes before Monaco almost stole a half-time lead when Pino dribbled past four defenders before seeing Apoula Edel pull off a superb save.

The PSG goalkeeper had to be aware to keep out Pino again just after the break before making a double save on the line after Nene's free-kick had caused concern.

Giuly then skimmed the post when he cut out a poor Monaco clearance before Erding spurned the best chance in the 82nd minute, firing against the crossbar with just Ruffier to beat.

That took the game into extra-time where Hoarau settled the contest in the second minute of first-half stoppage time.

Claude Makelele fed Jallet whose powerful shot was blocked by Ruffier only as far as Hoarau to head home.

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