FRENCH COUPE DE FRANCE

Referee: Philippe Kalt | Attendance: 70000

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Lyon

  • Sidney Govou 0'

1 - 0

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Lyon 1-0 PSG

PARIS, May 24 (Coupe de France) - Sidney Govou volleyed home an extra-time winner as Lyon rode their luck to defeat Paris St Germain in the Coupe de France final and complete the first double in the club's history.

Les Gones, crowned Ligue 1 champions last weekend for the seventh successive season, were listless throughout but still managed to claim France's premier cup competition for the first time since 1973 thanks to Govou's strike in the 101st minute.

PSG, aiming for a double themselves having won the Coupe de la Ligue back in March, will bemoan their misfortune.

They were the better side at the Stade de France and hit the woodwork twice through central defenders Zoumana Camara and Mario Yepes, but they failed in their bid to collect an eighth Coupe de France title since their first in 1982.

The result should ease the pressure on Lyon coach Alain Perrin, whose job is believed to be under threat despite an ultimately successful first season - in terms of silverware at least.

PSG's Coupe de la Ligue success over Lens at the same stadium two months ago had been marred by an incident that saw the club's fans unfurl a discriminatory banner which abused 'the people of the north'.

The side has been banned from next year's competition as a result and their fans appear to have learnt their lesson - their banner for this final was far less inflammatory and read, ``Let's share our values. Red and Blue. Our colours``.

On the pitch, PSG had the better of the first half and Camara came close to opening the scoring in the 10th minute when he headed a Jerome Rothen corner against the bar.

The pre-match favourites were coming off second best and PSG striker Pedro Pauleta, playing the final game of his career, was unfortunate to see his goalbound volley cleared off the line by Anthony Reveillere on the half-hour mark.

In first-half injury time, Sylvain Armand glanced a Rothen free-kick into the net but the header was ruled out for offside.

Lyon were just as bereft of ideas after the break.

The goal of keeper Gregory Coupet, who announced on Friday he will be leaving Les Gones this summer, was leading a charmed life and Yepes headed a 63rd-minute effort against the bar following a goalmouth scramble.

Lyon did not engineer a single decent chance in the second half and they did not wake from their torpor in extra time.

But they scored a goal out of nothing in the 101st minute that proved to be the winner.

Kader Keita's chest-down from a deep left-wing cross fell nicely into the path of Govou, who arrowed a great volley from 10 yards into the corner to earn Les Gones their third cup triumph.

Scoring Summary

  • Lyon
  • Paris Saint-Germain
 

Match Stats

  • Lyon
  • Paris Saint-Germain
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Lyon
  • Paris Saint-Germain
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