Foot – C. Ligue – PSG wins the last League Cup in history against OL


The Parisians won the 26th and last edition of the Coupe de la Ligue by winning against the Lyonnais in the penalty shoot-out on Friday night at the Stade de France (0-0, 6-5 at the tabs). The 26th and last final of the Coupe de la Ligue was not a peak of spectacle and intensity, in a Stade de France filled with 5,000 spectators. But it made the happiness of PSG, winner of this Trophy for the ninth time in its history (0-0, 6-5 at the tabs). Thanks to this success, PSG won the four national trophies at stake this season, the Champions Trophy, the Championship, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. read also The PSG-OL film Indirectly, he qualified Stade de Reims, sixth in Ligue 1, for the second preliminary round of the Europa League. Unless they win the Champions League, OL will not play in the European Cup next season, after twenty-three consecutive campaigns. His season in Ligue 1 was disappointing, but OL did not miss their final and this repetition could serve them before their eighth-final second leg of C1, against Juventus Turin (August 7, 1-0 win in the first leg). It was a balanced final, often disappointing in intensity and spectacle, but it was hot and the players continue to chase after the lack of pace. The last ten minutes of regulation time were the most successful of the evening but everything was played in the penalty shoot-out, after an extension played in slow motion and marked by the expulsion of Rafael (120th), guilty of having dried Di Maria at the edge of OL’s penalty area. The referee hesitated to whistle the penalty and Neymar did not frame the free kick. In the penalty shoot-out, the first ten shooters scored, but the eleventh, Lyonnais Bertrand Traoré, saw his shot repelled by the hero of the evening, Keylor Navas, author of a solid match. After the successful attempts of Andersen, Di Maria, Toko Ekambi, Verratti, Caqueret, Paredes, Thiago Mendes, Herrera, Aouar and Neymar, it was finally the Spaniard Pablo Sarabia who offered the title to the Parisians. They will be content but the content has been disappointing and their difficulty in creating opportunities or transforming them is something worrying before the European meeting against Atalanta Bergamo on August 12. The other source of concern for Thomas Tuchel is this succession of physical glitches that chopped up the evening. Injured in the right thigh, Kurzawa came out upset. Icardi was less, but he had his thigh bandaged, too. Thiago Silva also felt muscle pain in his right thigh and was strapped to him. As for Marquinhos, he complained of a calf when he left the field. But the club’s record was enriched with a new title and Kylian Mbappé, injured in the ankle last week against Saint-Étienne in the final of the Coupe de France (1-0), celebrated without his crutches.


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