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PSG Clinch Domestic Treble

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PSG clinch domestic treble

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have clinched a domestic treble in France by beating Lyon on penalties to win the League Cup. It is their fourth treble in the last six years, and likely to be their last as well.

That is because the decision was made last September that this would be the last edition of the League Cup played. It was their second Cup Final success in a week they beat Saint-tienne last weekend to lift the French Cup.

For Lyon it was a double disappointment not only did they miss out on silverware, but it also meant that they will now not be playing in Europe next season for the first time in 24 years.

That followed the decision by the French football authorities to cancel the league season at the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was decided on a points per game basis, meaning that PSG were awarded the title.

Lyon, who finished 7th on that basis, protested that decision, arguing that it was premature, especially given that Frances neighbours in Germany. Italy, Spain, and the UK had all eventually resumed their own competitions. However, their various legal challenges failed, and Friday night was their last chance to put things right.

In the circumstances, given that none of their squad had played competitively since before the lockdown, they performed creditably, holding the favourites to a goalless draw even after extra time.

However, when the match went to a penalty shoot-out, after the first ten spot kicks were scored, it was Bertrand Traor whose saw his effort saved by Keylor Navas in the PSG goal, giving Pablo Satabia the chance to seal the victory.

The match was watched by nearly 5,000 fans in the 80,000 capacity Stade de France, all of whom were required to wear masks and observe a modicum of social distancing.

Whilst Lyons season is now finally over. PSG will now turn their attention to the Champions League which begins again next week. They are due to play Italian side Atalanta in Lisbon in the quarterfinals on August 12th.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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