Paris Saint-Germain Feminine headed over to Orleans on Saturday to face Olympique Lyon in the French Cup final. The Parisannes failed to bring the trophy back to Paris after losing 2-1 to Lyon.
Who started the game?
PSG decied to use a 4-2-3-1 formation to start the game against Lyon on Saturday.
GK: Constance Picaud
Defenders: Ashley Lawrence , Elisa De Almeida, Oriane Jean-Francois, Sakina Karchaoui, Kheira Hamraoui, Grace Geyoro
Midfielders: Jackie Groenen, Ramona Bachmann, Sandy Baltimore
Forward: Amalie Vangsgaard
As expected, it was a challenging game for PSG. They found themselves 2-0 down before the 30-minute mark, resulting from defensive mistakes. There could have been a third straight after Ada Hegerberg's brace, but Paris's savior was the top of the goalpost.
A penalty from Ramona Bachmann put them back in the game before the end of the first half. They went into the second half just a goal down, but nothing could have changed that scoreline from the Parisian side.
There was a penalty appeal from 19-year-old Mansitta Traore, but the referee quickly brushed that off. Lyon had another chance, the kind of chance you wouldn't want to be giving away when you're 2-1 down with hardly any time left on the clock, but to Paris's luck, they were able to prevent the goal.
Not many real chances for PSG to turn the scoreline around in their favor. Lyon were the much better side during both halves. Lyon's defense wasn't troubled at all; they didn't give PSG sight at goal, but saying that, PSG wasn't able to produce any significant chances.
It was a poor performance overall from PSG.
It was pretty clear that if PSG had Marie-Antoniette Katoto or Kadidiatou Diani in their line-up, it could have been more of a chance for them to get a goal, but as we know, they couldn't have or will have that as an option, even for the remainder of the season.
Of course, the squad should be proud of themselves for reaching the final in the way they did; having the chance of claiming a twice-in-a-row Coupe De France is a massive achievement, but that's all they can take from that, disappointingly.
What's next for Paris Saint-Germain?
Well, the dream of the Coupe De France is now over; time to move on. Their focus will turn to the D1 League, where they will take on Lyon, again.
Just three points are separating them from Lyon (on first). PSG must win to have still a chance to go into the final matchday and win their second-ever First Division title.
But, if they lose to Lyon for the second time in a little over a week, they will no longer be in the running for the title, as Lyon would be six points ahead of them.
A draw would not do PSG any good either because if Lyon were to lose out on the points on the final day, with PSG getting their three points in the other remaining game, the goal difference would still favor Lyon.
In a nutshell, for Paris Saint-Germain not to finish the season without a piece of silverware this season, they must be victorious and play a much better game than the previous.
PSG will play Lyon on Sunday, May 21 for a final time this season while still fighting for the D1 title.