Martin Whiteley looks at Lyon’s win over PSG in the Trophée des Championnes.
Back in June, the French Football Federation announced that for the first time there would be a female equivalent of the Trophée des Championnes.
Due to the champions Lyon being otherwise engaged with winning the International Champions Cup, the showdown with PSG was unable to be played in August and had to be rescheduled for September 21st.
With other countries starting their women’s top division league seasons later on, it would have been great as a prelude to their campaigns with this type of game.
Whether it be the Community Shield or the German Super Cup in the men’s game – when these fixtures come around it is a sure sign that the season of the top division is not that far away.
As well as usually seeing two of a nation’s best teams go head to head, it is also a perfect way to add to the promotion of that particular league at an even earlier opportunity.
More Success for Lyon
In the Trophée des Championnes game held at the Stade du Roudourou in Guingamp, England Lionesses Alex Greenwood and Lucy Bronze were the starting full-backs for Lyon. Bronze constantly making darts upfield to further assist the forward line.
After the game finished 1-1 Lyon won 4-3 on penalties to claim yet another trophy. Lyon goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi showed the good and the bad.
Having played a slack ball out to gift PSG a goal to draw level just before half-time, Bouhaddi made two wonderful saves in the shootout to seal the victory.
When the Division 1 Féminine season gets back underway next week it is Lyon and PSG who currently occupy the top two spots in the table with maximum points.
With Lyon having scored 20 goals and PSG 17 in their opening three league games, once again it would seem that these two sides will again be prominent when the silverware is handed out.
The other side not to have dropped a point yet is Bordeaux. They travel to PSG next week so we will soon find out if another team can get in the mix for the top spots.
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