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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

PSG, Rapid Gain Cup Winners' Final


LONDON -- After three semifinal failures in a row, Paris Saint Germain finally made it to a European final, edging Deportivo de La Coruna 1-0 to set up a Cup Winners' Cup meeting with Rapid Vienna in Brussels May 8.

Rapid, which on Thursday overpowered Feyenoord of Rotterdam 3-0 with three first half goals, has been to a final before. In 1985 it lost in the Cup Winners' final to Everton, ironically in Rotterdam.

Already ahead 1-0 from the first leg in La Coruna, PSG made sure with a strike by Patrice Loko in the 59th minute. He took a pass from Youri Djorkaeff and fired home from 20 meters.

The goal sparked jubilant scenes in the Parc des Princes because PSG had lost to Juventus, Arsenal and AC Milan in European semifinals in the past three seasons.

The match lacked excitement and inspiration but the result sent the 44,000 fans into jubilant celebrations and ironic choruses of "Viva Espana."

Deportivo Coruna had started menacingly enough, Javier Manjarin almost anulling PSG's first leg edge when his header hit the bar in the ninth minute.

But there was little else from the disappointing Spanish side, with Brazilian World Cup star Bebeto largely bypassed, as he was in the match in Spain.

PSG trainer Luis Fernandez, who raced on to the pitch to celebrate with his players when the final whistle went, said: "It's a historic day for the club. We're only 25 years old and we're already in our first European final. I couldn't be happier."

PSG was the second French side to qualify for a European final this week after Bordeaux reached the UEFA Cup final on Tuesday. But Nantes failed to make it a grand slam, bowing out to Juventus in the European Cup on Wednesday. Juventus meets defending champion Ajax Amsterdam in the May 22 final in Rome.

Before 45,000 at Vienna's main Happel Stadium, Rapid's lanky forward Carsten Jancker scored twice to down Feyenoord, which had been held 1-1 at home in the first leg. The other goal came from Christian Stumpf.

Elated after their resounding win, Rapid players insisted victory in the final was not beyond them.

"We are the underdogs, we have nothing to lose. We want to reach for the stars in Brussels," said defender Peter Stoeger.

Bayern Munich will contest the UEFA Cup final against French club Girondins Bordeaux, which had to advance through a record 18 matches starting with the InterToto stages. Bayern hosts the first leg May 1 and Bordeaux the second May 15. ()

(For other results, see Scorecard.)