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banner Sunday, 27 May, 2001, 02:48 GMT 03:48 UK
Strasbourg claim Cup
Jose Luis Chilavert
Chilavert saved then scored in the penalty shoot-out
Jose Luis Chilavert gave relegated Racing Strasbourg a consolation prize when he led them to their third French Cup victory.

They defeated third division Amiens 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday, with the Paraguayan keeper, famous for his penalties and free-kicks, scoring the winner.

Chilavert had earlier saved an attempt by Amiens defender Yaovi Abalo, allowing his team to qualify for next season's Uefa Cup.


It's a great way to finish a bad season
  Corentin Martins
"There is nothing to be proud of in our season and I would really trade this Cup against staying in top flight," said defender Valerien Ismael.

Amiens, who will meet Strasbourg in the second division next season after gaining promotion, dominated but were unable to score.

Claude-Arnaud Rivenet had by far the best chance in normal time when he found himself alone in front of goal in the 53rd minute but shot wide.

Broke through

Amiens striker Peter Sampil also missed excellent chances in front of goal in the 64th and 89th minutes.

But Strasbourg held on and could have won the match in extra time.

Star striker Pegguy Luyindula broke through in the 115th minute, only to see his effort stopped on the line by a defender.

Strasbourg also lifted the Cup in 1951 and 1966, while Amiens were playing in their first final and would have been the first third division side to win the trophy.

The win was special for Strasbourg playmaker and captain Corentin Martins, who also won two French Cups with AJ Auxerre.

"It's a great way to finish a bad season. I want to thank all the team and also those who did not play today," he said.

Despite the victory, most of Strasbourg leaeding players are expected to leave during the close-season.

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