PSG vs Lyon: A game about much more than the Women’s Champions League final
When Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon meet in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final on Saturday night, it will be the 54th meeting between these two French rivals.
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However, despite the latter only coming out 3-2 winners in last week’s very competitive first leg, for a long time, they were not rivals. Indeed, it took PSG 22 attempts to beat Lyon, first doing so back in 2014 and, even since then, they’ve only emerged victorious a further seven times.
That was understandable. Between 2007 and 2020, Lyon would win 14 successive league titles, a record total in itself. The club also hold the record for most Coupe de France wins, with nine, five of those successive, and the most Women’s Champions League trophies, with seven – again, five of them successive.
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According to goal.com, Lyon created a dynasty in women’s football, the kind that will never be replicated and have long set the bar for how a club should treat its female athletes.
But last season, PSG made a statement of their own. The Parisians snapped Lyon’s title-winning streak and picked up a first Division 1 Feminine title. Not only that – PSG knocked Lyon out of the Champions League for the first time in seven years.
“I have to say, I was sick of always losing in this kind of scenario here,” said PSG midfielder Grace Geyoro afterwards. It was her strike that sent the club into the semi-finals of the competition.
There, she and her team would lose to eventual champions Barcelona on away goals, but it was a monumental season nonetheless; a first league title, the purging of some demons in this rivalry, and a statement that PSG had what it takes to be a serious threat.JAMB Result
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