Lyon clinch French double
Lyon completed a memorable first league-cup double on Saturday when they beat Paris Saint Germain 1-0 in the French Cup final to add to their seventh successive league championship.
Lyon's fourth French Cup, coming after wins in 1964, 1967 and 1973, was fittingly secured by Sidney Govou who scored the extra-time winner. Govou, goalkeeper Gregory Coupet and Brazilian playmaker Juninho are the only three players who have featured in all of Lyon's seven league title campaigns.
PSG, who won the League Cup this season but only narrowly avoided relegation, were unlucky not to have settled the tie in normal time, hitting the woodwork on two occasions. Zoumana Camara saw a 10th-minute attempt come off the post before veteran striker Pedro Pauleta, probably playing his last match for the club, thought he had scored with a left-foot drive on the half-hour mark only to see Anthony Reveillere clear the ball off the line.
In first half injury time, defender Sylvain Armand headed the ball from a Jerome Rothen free-kick into the net past Coupet only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.
PSG's luck continued to desert them on the hour mark when Coupet made another important save from Mario Yepes before Kim Kallstrom cleared off the line, via the crossbar, as Camara followed up. Substitute Bernard Mendy then thought he had won the final for PSG in the fourth minute of second-half injury time only to see his close-range drive superbly saved by the in-form Coupet.
An extra-time winner
Lyon had gone into the match under a cloud after veteran defender Patrick Muller had left the squad without permission on Friday to join up with the Swiss national team to prepare for UEFA EURO 2008. Muller had been warned his place in the Swiss squad was at risk if he didn't prove his fitness.
The champions were second-best in most departments of the final. French international striker Karim Benzema almost scored in the first half after a sweet one-two with Brazilian teammate Fred only for his sharp drive to miss the target. Substitute Mathieu Bodmer then saw his header midway through the second half cleared off the line by Yepes with keeper Jerome Alonzo well beaten.
Lyon made PSG pay for their misses when Govou scored in the 103rd minute. A cross from Benzema confounded the PSG defence and Govou was the more alert to the ball and fired in from an acute angle past Alonzo.