Lyon Scoop Ninth Coupe de France Feminine Title

Lyon players huddle together in joy after winning the Coupe de France via penalty shoot-out.
Olympique Lyonnais players celebrate their Coupe de France victory. [Credit: Richard Mouillaud for Le Progrès]

Lyon have won the Coupe de France Feminine for a ninth time despite a power outage threatening to postpone the game.

The game was scoreless at the end of regulation and went all the way to penalties. England international Lucy Bronze played the hero with the winning strike.

A storm rolled over the Abbé-Deschamps stadium in the first few minutes of the game, cutting power and forcing both teams to retreat to the locker rooms.

After about 10 minutes, the electricity was restored to the stadium and players made their way back to the pitch.

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Lyon were the dominant side in the first half. Nikita Parris had several shots on goal in the first 45 mins but nothing could get by Christiane Endler’s incredible saves.

It seemed to be a similar story after half time. But PSG caught fire late and could have ended the game victorious.

A loose ball in Lyon’s box granted the Parisians a chance to finish the game off. And they would have, if not for a Lucy Bronze clearance.

The game eventually ended scoreless and went to penalties. With both sides missing their fourth shot, it was down to the final kick to determine the winner.

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Ballon d’Or runner-up Bronze made no mistake from the spot and Lyon won the Coupe de France Feminine.

“We are very happy. It is one more trophy. PSG is a difficult team to maneuver. It launches us well toward the Champions League,” Eugenie Le Sommer said after the game.

Lyon manager Jean-Luc Vasseur was also elated in his post-match comments.

“The girls have mastered this penalty shootout exercise,” he said. “It was a great game. There were two very good teams with an interesting tactical approach.

“We had the means to win before this final. The gaps are getting closer but we are still ahead. There is this DNA of victory that is ingrained in girls.”

The victory was Lyon’s 30th title in its history and will be the perfect confidence boost heading into the Champions League.

They play German side Bayern Munich on August 22 at the San Mamés Stadium.

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