PARIS, Jul 31 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain claimed a local hat trick on Friday by winning the French League Cup after beating Olympique Lyonnais 6-5 in the penalty shootout, after 0-0 equality in regular time and supplementary.
Spain’s Pablo Sarabia, who entered in the second half of the game, scored the last penalty for PSG, after Costa Rican Keylor Navas saved Bertrand Traoré’s shot to give the Ligue 1 and French Cup champion his ninth league cup trophy.
This was the last match for now of the competition, started in 1995, as the French Professional Football League (LFP) decided in September to scrap it from next season until further notice. The LFP was unable to secure the broadcast for the period 2020-2024, but reserved the right to relaunch the tournament in the future.
Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes had a number of good saves in a match that was played at the Stade de France in front of some 5,000 fans, who were allowed to enter the stadium in accordance with coronavirus security regulations.
Lopes denied the goal three times to the Brazilian Neymar and also saved shots from the Argentine Angel di María, while Navas also saved a couple of Lyon arrivals in the other goal.
PSG, which beat St Etienne 1-0 in the Coupe de France final last Friday, will have the opportunity to fight for a historic fourth title when they resume their participation in the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Atalanta.
(Written by Zoran Milosavljevic, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)