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December 3, 2021

Lille lift sixth French Cup

Ludovic Obraniak scored the only goal as LOSC Lille Metrople won the French Cup for the first time since 1955 at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stade de France, uefa.com informs.

Having been on the back foot for much of the second half, Lille claimed the trophy for the sixth time thanks to Obraniak’s angled free-kick with a minute remaining. It is Les Dogues’ first major silverware in 56 years since they defeated FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1955 showpiece.

Following an even first half it was holders PSG who started to dictate proceedings, their clearest openings falling to Guillaume Hoarau on 56 and 74 minutes. Clement Chantome threatened again for the capital club soon after but was denied by former PSG goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.

With a minute left, though, Lille won a free-kick on the right that Obraniak bent high into the far corner of Gregory Coupet’s net. There was still time for the former France keeper to save a penalty from Mathieu Debuchy, awarded after he had felled Gervinho.

Lille, four points ahead of Olympique de Marseille, continue their quest for their third Ligue 1 crown at home to FC Sochaux-Montbeliard on Wednesday, when UEFA Champions League chasing PSG visit Bordeaux.

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