Ousmane Dembélé of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates a goal in the Coupe de France final
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Coupe de France Final: Dembélé powers PSG

Coupe de France Final: Dembélé powers PSG

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Publish on 05/25 at 23:00 - E. DEVIN

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Ousmane Dembélé had a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain beat Olympique Lyonnais, 2-1, for their record 15th Coupe de France title

In a Coupe de France final played in a boisterous atmosphere at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Olympique Lyonnais, coming off a dramatic win over Strasbourg in their final Ligue 1 Uber Eats match last weekend, started off the brighter of the two sides, as Saïd Benrahama had the match’s first opportunity. PSG tried to answer through Bradley Barcola, but the former Lyon winger was unable to open the scoring against his former side.

By the time ten minutes were on the clock, though, the champions had settled well, keeping the ball and hemming Lyon in their own penalty area. Despite a few half chances for Les Gones, that dominance would pay off halfway through the first half, as Ousmane Dembélé headed in a cross from Nuno Mendes at the far post, taking advantage of a moment’s hesitation on the part of Lucas Perri, starting in the Lyon goal in place of Anthony Lopes.



Some ten minutes later, the result was starting to look academic. This time, Dembélé turned provider and his cross across the face of goal saw Fabián Ruíz scramble the ball home at a tight angle to make it 2-0. Ruiz even had a golden chance to double the lead a few moments later, the Spaniard flailing at a ball in over the top, but halftime would come with a two-goal mead for Luis Enrique’s side.

Lyon would respond, though, with the inevitable Jake O’Brien heading home from a corner, a goal which has become something of a specialty for the Irishman. Ten minutes into the second half, it was 2-1 and game on. Lyon were nearly in for a second on the hour mark, as Achraf Hakimi had to work hard to cut out a ball over the top to Alexandre Lacazette before the Moroccan forced Perri into a save moments later.

The bit between their teeth, Lyon again had a chance at a corner, as Nicolás Tagliafico forced Gianluigi Donnarumma into a flying save. Both sides struggled to create many strong chances following that, though, and it was Lacazette who forced a corner after another save by the Italian, but this time O’Brien’s header flashed by the near post. From there, though, the match seemed to fizzle to some degree, and by the time full time came in Lille, PSG had their record fifteenth Coupe de France title, sealing the double in Enrique’s first season and what was Kylian Mbappé's final match for the capital side.