Paris St Germain accomplished a home treble as they beat Olympique Lyonnais 6-5 on penalties to raise the French League Cup on Friday with the match ending in a 0-Zero stalemate after common and further time.
Second-half substitute Pablo Sarabia scored PSG’s ultimate penalty within the shootout after goalkeeper Keylor Navas had saved Bertrand Traore’s spot kick to provide the Ligue 1 champions and French Cup winners their ninth League Cup trophy.
It was the final roar for the competitors, which was based in 1995, because the French Skilled Soccer League (LFP) determined in September to scrap it as of subsequent season till additional discover. The LFP had didn’t safe a broadcaster for the 2020-2024 interval however reserved the suitable to relaunch the competitors sooner or later.
Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes made a string of fine saves in a cagey contest performed in entrance of 5,000 followers at Stade de France, who have been allowed into the stadium consistent with coronavirus security laws. Lopes denied Brazilian ahead Neymar thrice and likewise saved out photographs by Angel Di Maria and Idrissa Gueye, whereas Navas saved out a Maxwel Cornet free kick on the different finish.
Lyon defender Rafael da Silva was despatched off within the final minute of additional time for an expert foul on Di Maria and Neymar blazed the free kick over the bar. The Brazilian held his nerve to maintain PSG alive within the shootout earlier than Navas blocked Traore’s penalty and Sarabia calmly slotted his shot previous Lopes to spark wild celebrations amongst his crew mates.
PSG, who beat St Etienne 1-Zero within the French Cup ultimate final Friday, can have an opportunity to finish a quadruple as they face Italian aspect Atalanta within the Champions league quarter-finals on Aug. 12 in Lisbon. Their win over Lyon additionally signifies that Stade Reims, who completed sixth within the French League, have snapped up a berth in subsequent season’s Europa League qualifying.