National Grand Slam for Paris: at the end of the penalty shoot-out, the Parisian club offered themselves the last League Cup on Friday at the expense of Lyon (0-0, 6-5 tab ), who misses one of his last chances to qualify for a European Cup.
Panting goodbyes, suspense and angst until the end, failing a show to match . Despite scorching temperatures, the absence of Kylian Mbappé and injuries, PSG managed to control their nerves on penalties to win their ninth title in the event. A record!
Less than two weeks before its Champions League quarter-final, on August 12 against Atalanta Bergamo, Paris ends its domestic season with a Grand Slam, after winning the Champions Trophy and the Championship and the Coupe de France.
Unable to win a title since 2012, Lyon did not take advantage of the last French official match of the strange 2019/20 season truncated by the coronavirus pandemic, to afford a ticket to Europe .
Seventh at the time of the early termination of Ligue 1, OL had to win to avoid living their first season without a European Cup since 1997. A symbolic and financial cataclysm that President Jean-Michel Aulas will be able to avoid… if only his team wins the C1 in August!
– Mbappé in the stands –
Under the eyes of Mbappé, present in the stands during the meeting before the live penalty session on the bench, the Parisians have experienced all the difficulties to pack the meeting.
However, Neymar did everything to open the scoring from the start. After signing the first strike of the game (5th), the Brazilian N.10 was on the verge of lodging the ball in the opposing net with an unstoppable coiled strike but out of the frame (8th). The biggest opportunity of the match.
Without “KM”, at the origin of the winning goal in the Coupe de France last Friday before getting injured, his trainer Thomas Tuchel chose to learn how to win in a new more careful system : a 4-3-3, where Marquinhos found the role of sentry in the middle, leaving Thiago Silva and Presnel Kimpembe to form the defensive hinge.
The Dutchman, who should never have played this final scheduled initially on April 4, was one of the more legs for 80 minutes for his return to an official match since his serious injury in December.
Insufficient however to make the difference but bodes well for achieving the feat in the round of 16 second leg of C1 against Juventus Turin on August 7 (1-0 victory in the first leg).
– Navas wins his duel against Lopes –
PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas stops Parisian Bertrand Traoré's shot on goal in the Coupe de la Ligue final, on July 31, 2020 at the Stade de France. Pablo Sarabia and Ander Herrera come into play, instead of Mauro Icardi and Idrissa Gueye (58th), then that of Thilo Kehrer at the expense of Layvin Kurzawa (69th), first fed the specter of new injuries.
While that of Karl Toko-Ekambi, Bertrand Traoré and Andersen (80th ), then Rafael (86th), gave hope for a hero out of the bench.
Herrera thought he could put on the suit for Paris when his center found Neymar's head… but Lopes slammed the attempt at the last moment (87th)!
In a padlocked part, where the bodies were close to breaking, the Lyon goalkeeper was flawless, delaying the deadline with a new high-class stop against Di Maria (95th).
The exclusion of Rafael and the last chance move of Neymar (120th) did not avoid the inevitable: the session penalty shootout. It was Navas, little worried during the game, who got the better of Lopes by repelling Traore's attempt. The art of shining at the best time.
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