PSG Feminine suffer heartbreaking loss against Lyon
By Hidayah Ali
Paris Saint-Germain Feminine welcomed Olympique Lyonnais to the Parc Des Princes on Sunday evening. A win was vital for the side to keep alive the hopes of winning the D1 Arkema title going into the last matchday. Sadly, PSG lost 1-0 to Lyon with the latter side becoming the official champions of France.
Who started the match?
PSG used a 4-1-2-1-2 formation.
GK: Sarah Bouhaddi
Defenders: Lawrence, Geyoro, De Almeida, Karchaoui
Midfielders: Hamraoui, Baltimore, Bachmann, Jean-Francois
Forwards: Martens, Groenen
What's there to say that hasn't been said before? PSG was superior in possession and controlled the ball all game long. Their defense was on point, and they were able to keep Lyon from posing any major threats throughout the game... almost. It took them nearly 90 minutes, but Lyon finally found a crack and scored the lone goal of the evening on their way to clinching the D1 title.
When it came to game-long goal-scoring opportunities, though, Lyon really had not a lot. Or any at all. They couldn't even manage a shot on target from their 11 attempts through both halves.
Despite both teams' lackluster offensive performances, PSG could not stop Signe Bruun's late effort coming off the bench by the 68th minute and heading a ball to the back of the net with only five minutes of the 90 left to play.
Lyon have now become this season's title winners. PSG last chance of silverware is now over as they wrapped up their season with a bunch of empty shelves.
The final matchday will come next weekend, though, and besides pride, PSG won't be playing for anything else against Soyaux.
The Parisian captain was not shy in holding back her disappointment after the final whistle had blown. She spoke with the PSG official website after the match.
"There is a lot of frustration and disappointment today." Geyoro made clear that she believes that her side played well in both halves, which made the loss even more difficult to swallow.
"Losing the match is a tough blow; we have given everything throughout the season," the player said, adding that "Today we leave here with our heads held high, we gave 100%, and we have nothing to be ashamed of."
Geyoro also stated she knows the team's faults, the things that need to be improved, and that now they need to continue to work for next season.
PSG head coach Gerard Precheur also offered his post-match thoughts to the PSG official website.
"My team put on a great performance, there is nothing I criticize them for."
The manager said the plan that was put into place almost worked: to fight against Lyon's press as they lacked that punch during the Coupe De France final eventually ending in another loss to OL.
Though the squad was unsuccessful, Precheur was more than happy with the players, going on to say that "They played well, and I am so disappointed that they haven't been rewarded. And for the supporters who must have been disappointed by this defeat."