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Lyon 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe bids farewell to PSG with a trophy after Coupe de France victory

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Kylian Mbappe has played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain, and it resulted in another trophy for the French forward. Luis Enrique’s side were favourites for the Coupe de France final clash with Lyon, and they lived up to their billing with a largely convincing victory, coming via first-half strikes from Ousmane Dembele and Fabian Ruiz. Jake O’Brien got one back for Lyon but it was not enough.

Paris Saint-Germain saw off Lyon 2-1 to secure yet another Coupe de France trophy, and a French domestic double thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Fabian Ruiz despite Kylian Mbappe drawing a blank on his final game for the club.
A month after beating Lyon 4-1 in Ligue 1, Luis Enrique’s side looked set to once again run riot when they went 2-0 up – thanks to goals from Dembele and Ruiz – 34 minutes into a dominant first half, but the heroics of Lucas Perri in the Lyon goal kept his side in touch.
If anything, the scoreline flattered Lyon who created very little particularly in the first half, but were handed a lifeline when Ireland’s Jake O’Brien finished with a commanding header to make it 2-1.

But PSG resumed control and saw out the final third of the game to give Mbappe a winning send-off.
It is a record-extending 15th Coupe de France for PSG, while their fifth league-cup double sees them move ahead of Saint Etienne into a league of their own in l’Hexagone. However, their failure to reach the UEFA Champions League final means it is yet another par season and they will need to rebuild over the summer without their talisman.
However, Mbappe will have one more attempt to endear himself to French audiences before heading to play his club football overseas, at the Euros in Germany.
He was arguably the least impressive of the four Parisians from Didier Deschamps’ squad who started the final though, with Dembele, Warren Zaire-Emery and the impossibly uncapped Bradley Barcola outshining the main attraction.
After Manchester United won the FA Cup earlier despite finishing 31 points behind their opponents in the league, Lyon could not erase the odds of their own 23-point deficit to the domestic champions but got closer than many expected.

Pierre Sage’s side had already qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League with Alexandre Lacazette’s 96th-minute winner on the final day of Ligue 1 and after a game so high on tension and emotional release, it was perhaps expected that they would struggle to take the game to PSG.
Lacazette had possibly the best shot at an equaliser but was denied by Achraf Hakimi at full stretch with 15 minutes to go, and Lyon failed to apply much pressure from then until the final whistle. That also means they lost their second final in the space of a few hours after Barcelona triumphed in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Source – Lyon 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe signs off from PSG with trophy after Coupe de France victory – Eurosport