Paris loses in the final to Olympique Lyonnais

Paris Saint-Germain's Women's team lost 2-1 to Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade la Source in Orléans in the final of the Coupe de France Feminine.

One week after the draw in the league against Paris FC, the Parisians were back in the Coupe de France for a final round: the final against Olympique Lyonnais, leaders of D1 Arkema. The holders of the trophy thanks to their victory in the previous edition, the players from the capital club travelled to Orléans without Marie-Antoinette Katoto or Kadidiatou Diani, but with the intention of defeating the Lyonnais.

For the game, Gérard Prêcheur lined up Constance Picaud in the Red and Blue goal as well as Oriane Jean-François in the centre of defence. In midfield, Kheira Hamraoui was accompanied by Grace Geyoro while Amalie Vangsgaard supported Jackie Groenen and Sandy Baltimore in attack.

It was the OL players who managed to take control of the game in the opening minutes. After Danielle Van De Donk's work, Ada Hegerberg opened the scoring with a left-footed shot that found the back of the net (1-0, 13'). Lyon's lead was then doubled ten minutes later from the left side of the box thanks, once again, to the ruthlessness of their Norwegian striker (2-0, 23'). Grace Geyoro's team-mates were forced to accept their opponent's efficiency, who had scored two goals from two chances. But the club from the capital was not going to go down easily, and managed to reduce the deficit thanks to a penalty converted by Ramona Bachmann shortly after the half-hour mark (2-1, 36').

In the second half, the Red and Blue were equal to the team from the Rhone. The two teams alternated possession, without managing to pose a serious threat in front of goal. Constance Picaud could count on the strong interventions of Elisa De Almeida and Kheira Hamraoui to stifle the opposing attacks. As the Parisians pushed to get back into the game, Damaris Egurrola was sent off for Lyon, forcing them to finish the game with ten men against the pressure being applied by Gérard Prêcheur's players. Unfortunately, the Parisians could not find an equaliser at the end of the game, and the scoreline remained two goals to one.

The Red and Blue will now turn their attention to next week and the game of the season, this time in the league, against... Olympique Lyonnais. The second round of the duel between Paris and Lyon will be played on Sunday 21 May at 9pm at the Parc des Princes, on Matchday 21 of D1 Arkema.