Coupe de France final: Bordeaux beat Evian, Diabate scores twice


Cheick Diabate scored twice as Bordeaux beat Evian 3-2 to win the Coupe de France for the first time since 1987.

The 25-year-old Mali international striker smashed home the winner in the 89th minute to deny Evian, who had twice pegged back Les Girondins.

Diabate, who also missed a second-half penalty, opened the scoring but Yannick Sagbo made it 1-1.

Henri Saivet and Brice Dja Djedje then traded goals before Diabate's winner from seven yards out.

Bordeaux's victory should have been more convincing, with Diabate squandering a number of good opportunities.

That profligacy could have been costly as the tie looked to be heading towards extra time - but the Malian kept his cool to give his side their fourth French Cup success.

Even before his first goal - which came in the 39th minute, when he skipped around goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait to slot home - Diabate had a header saved and was denied by a last-ditch tackle after racing through on goal.

He was also unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when he was cynically barged over in the area by Dja Djedje.

The referee did point to the spot a minute into the second half when Diabate was bundled over - only for Laquait to save the spot kick with a superb one-handed stop down to his left.

That seemed to inspire Evian, who equalised when Sagbo converted Daniel Wass's cross on the overlap.

Parity lasted just two minutes as Bordeaux reasserted their superiority via Saivet's five-yard finish from Gregory Sertic's superb centre.

Evian, who were appearing in their first cup final since being formed in 2007 following a merger of two amateur teams, continued to battle hard and the introduction of inspirational captain Cedric Barbosa appeared to have galvanised them when they levelled for a second time through Dja Djedje's tap-in at the far post.

However, with time running out, Diabate struck after good work from Nicolas Maurice-Belay to win it for Bordeaux.