It’s no surprise, really. Gerard Precheur’s Olympique Lyonnais, led by Alex Morgan, and Patrice Lair’s Paris Saint-Germain have been the two best teams in French women’s football for most of the season and both teams will be meeting in the Coupe de France Femenine Final. It will be a rematch of the 2014 final, which saw Lyon shut out PSG 2-0, as well as the 2008 final, which saw Lyon prevail 3-0.
— PSG Féminines (@PSG_Feminines) April 16, 2017
Paris defeated AS Saint-Etienne, 4-1, in their semifinal. Natasa Andonova (18′, 35′), Marie-Laure Delie (21′), and Sabrina Delannoy (61′) scored for the Parisians in the rout. PSG will need to win out the rest of its matches in the Division 1 Feminin if it wants to return to the UEFA Women’s Champions League as they are currently one point behind Montpellier HSC for the second and final spot in European competition.
OL will play the French Cup final against PSG on May 20th. pic.twitter.com/o8n2lofDpL
— OL Féminin (@olfeminines) April 16, 2017
As for Lyon, it was a literal walkover as they smashed FCF Henin-Beaumont 10-0. Morgan scored a quadruple in the 20th, 54th, 59th and 64th minutes. Ada Hegerberg scored a hat trick, in the 50th, 72nd and 75th minutes, Eugenie Le Sommer opened things up with a brace in the 10th and 18th minutes, and Lyon got some 28th minute insurance from Amel Majri.
The rather straightforward results are strong warmup matches for the UEFA Women’s Champions League that could see both teams meet on June 1 at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. PSG face FC Barcelona in a bid to avenge the men’s team, while Carli Lloyd and Manchester City will have an uphill battle stopping the free-scoring form of the defending champions of Europe.
In particular, a convincing display from Paris against Barcelona will bode well for their fortunes of running the tables in May. The first legs are on Apr. 22 while the second legs are on Apr. 29 and are weekend contests. The Stoppage Time has Olympique Lyonnais defending their Coupe De France by a score of 3-0, with goals from Le Sommer, Morgan and Hegerberg.
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