Keylor Navas and Sarabia give PSG the french League Cup on penalties

Keylor Navas and Sarabia give PSG the french League Cup on penalties

PSG sweated very nicely, and not only because of the strong heat, to win the French League Cup, and complete the poker of domestic titles after already conquering Super Cup, Ligue 1, and Cup. Lyon, who played his last option to qualify for the Europa League. He managed to keep his goal unbeaten for 120 minutes (0-0) and bent his knee in the penalty shootout (5-6). A penalty stopped by Keylor Navas and another marked by the Spanish Sarabia gave PSG the title.

Match Overview

Kylian Mbappe Absent due to injury in French League Cup. Neymar assumed the gallons from the initial whistle; and in the first minutes, he had two occasions to open the scoring with separate shots. Anthony Lopes stopped him first next to the post (5 ‘); and the second, with a perfect thread with the inside, went by millimeters (8’). The game hardened as Neymar and Marco Verratti were the main recipients of the faults of a Lyon; that showed personality and an attitude of wanting to play the ball against PSG despite having spent almost 5 months without playing a competitive match.

The match mark by the strong heat; as Neymar did not have the support to channel the game under rival pressure. Memphis Depay, in his comeback after his severe knee injury in December; offered some quality sparks that unsettled the Paris defense. Just before the break, a whip from outside Idrissa Gueye direct to the squad forced Lopes to lavish a great stop to avoid the goal that the 5,000 spectators present in the stands of the Stade de France in Saint-Denis were already singing.

In the second half, the decoration did not change. A distant free kick by Neymar was taken again by Lopes with a stretched feline (53 ‘). Thomas Tuchel, at the hour of the game, gave entrance to Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia; and went on to play without a fixed ‘9’ when retiring an inoperative Mauro Icardi.

Keylor and Lopes maintain 0-0

Keylor Navas and Sarabia give PSG the french League Cup on penalties

But PSG still did not find the way to disrupt an increasingly established Lyon and even Keylor Navas; in practically his first intervention, prevented him from scoring by showing off a free kick by Maxwell Cornet (81 ‘). The last desperate Parisian arreón before the extension found again the extraordinary retort of Lopes; when sending to the corner a Neymar header after the perfect center of Ander Herrera (87 ‘).

In overtime, both teams continued to suffer from a shot; although Lopes initially deflected a left-foot shot by Angel Di Maria. In the end, Rafael was sent off for a foul from behind on the Argentine just before entering the area. No one missed the first ten pitches in the set, including Neymar’s tenth. Keylor Navas stopped Bertrand Traore and Sarabia beat a Lopes; who after keeping his team alive with his saves during the match, could not stop any penalty.

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