LILLE, France (AFP) – Former France international Sebastien Squillaci’s penalty secured unfashionable French Ligue 1 club Bastia a place in the League Cup final on Wednesday at the expense of the club where he made his name Monaco.
The 34-year-old – who was part of the Monaco team that reached the 2004 Champions League final – tucked away his spot kick to give Bastia victory in the penalty shootout 7-6 after the match finished 0-0 after extra-time.
Bastia – who have won just one trophy in their history the 1981 French Cup though they were finalists in the 1978 UEFA Cup, 1995 League Cup and the 1972 and 2002 French Cup – will play holders Paris Saint Germain in the April 11 final at the Stade de France.
PSG, who beat Lille 1-0 on Tuesday, will be bidding for revenge as the Corsican side inflicted a surprise 4-2 defeat on them in January in the league match.
PSG’s win came courtesy of a superb goal by Brazilian fullback Maxwell.
The French champions dominated the game and their goal was a worthy winner on 27 minutes when Maxwell blasted a fierce shot into the corner leaving Lille’s Nigerian ‘keeper Vincent Enyeama no chance.
The joy at reaching the final was tempered somewhat as PSG’s star player Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tried to persuade several of his team-mates to ignore the waiting press.
“Follow me follow me. Nobody talks. Zlatan is the boss,” Ibrahimovic said in English as he led a group comprising among others Maxwell, Edinson Cavani and Brazilian Lucas out of the dressing room.
While a smiling Ibrahimovic progressed serenely through the mixed zone Brazilian star Lucas disobeyed and stopped to speak with the press speaking in Portuguese.