Scotland striker Steven Fletcher will cross swords with the superstars of Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France final after helping crisis-club Marseille reach the end-of-season showpiece.
The 29-year-old, who is on loan from Sunderland for the remainder of the season, provided an assist for Florian Thauvin in Wednesday evening’s 1-0 semi-final triumph against Sochaux.
The result provides welcome respite in the midst of a miserable campaign for one of the giants of French football.
Marseille currently occupy a lowly 15th spot in Ligue 1 and are yet to secure their place in the top flight next season. This week they sacked their manager Michel, the former Spain international.
Despite uncertainty regarding Fletcher’s future following the coach’s dismissal, he retained his place in the starting line-up in midweek under caretaker coach Franck Passi, partnering highly-rated Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi in attack.
Fletcher has scored just two goals in 14 appearances since his surprise switch to the Stade Velodrome in January but could yet see his stint across the channel end in glory.
Marseille now face the prospect of an encounter against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Angel Di Maria and Edison Cavani in the final at the Stade de France on 21 May.
PSG, who were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City, are aiming to replicate last season’s domestic treble. They have already won the championship and beat Lorient 1-0 on Tuesday to book their place in the Coupe de France final.
They play Lille in tomorrow’s League Cup final.