PARIS: Paris Saint Germain won the French Cup for the seventh time with a 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Marseille on Saturday but the showpiece was marred by fighting between fans outside the Stade de France.
Bonaventure Kalou, after six minutes, and Vikash Dhorasoo, in the 49th minute, put the capital city side in charge before a 67th-minute reply from Toifilou Maoulida gave Marseille a glimmer of hope.
Outside the ground, fears of trouble between the two sets of supporters were violently realised with riot police using CS gas to break up running battles in the streets.
Police made 32 arrests with charges ranging from theft to assault.
“It's marvellous to in the title and very strong in terms of emotion,” said PSG coach Guy Lacombe.
“It was a dream because we scored early and stuck to our game plan after that.
“Marseille were tough but we had two or three chances to kill off the match.
“I came to Paris to win titles. Even as a player I never won the French Cup and now I have won it for the first time as a trainer.”
Marseille never recovered from going a goal down after just five minutes.
Defender Taye Taiwo tried to dribble the ball out of defence but he was caught in possession by the alert Edouard Cisse whose smart pass across goal fell invitingly for Kalou.
His powerful drive was too severe for Fabien Barthez in goal and PSG had the initiative.
Marseille coach Jean Fernandez admitted his team never recovered from the early setback.
“I am very disppointed for the players, the club and the fans,” said the coach.
“We had a bad start and it was due to an individual error.
“Taiwo is a young player and after winning the ball he should have cleared it upfield.”