PSG outwit Lyon to claim Coupe de France and domestic treble

Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon 2-1 on Saturday night to lift the Coupe de France for a record-extending 15th time and complete a domestic treble of French Super Cup and Ligue 1 championship.

Lyon went into the final at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille as the fairy tale team up against an all-devouring monster.

They had seven points after their first 12 games as club supremos ditched coaches Laurent Blanc and Fabio Grosso.

Academy chief Pierre Sage was appointed first team coach to navigate the morass. Under the Frenchman Lyon stabilised and then transformed themselves into one of the form teams in Ligue 1 claiming 37 out of 45 points from their last 15 games to finish sixth.

In the prelude to Saturday's clash, PSG boss Luis Enrique hailed Sage's skills and identified the side as potential title rivals next season.

Enrique's prediction seemed an unlikely reality as Lyon reverted to their early season haplessness.

PSG defender Nuno Mendes crossed from the left for an unmarked Ousmane Dembélé to head past the Lyon goalkeeper Lucas Perri.

Fabian Ruiz was similarly unattended to drove in the second in the 34th minute.

After the pause, Warren Zaïre-Emery and Kylian Mbappé – playing in his final game for PSG before an expected move to Real Madrid – had chances to extend the lead. But Perri was equal to the shots.

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Lyon injected jeopardy into the proceedings in the 55th minute from a set piece. Ryan Cherki swung over a corner from the right and Jake O 'Brien powered home a header past the PSG goalkeeper Gig Donnarumma.


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