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Match Report: Lyon 1-0 Quevilly

Monday 30th April 2012
Lyon lifted the Coupe de France after Lisandro Lopez scored the only goal of the game to beat Quevilly at the Stade de France.

Quevilly, from the third tier of French football, did well to match Lyon, and they nearly equalised through Anthony Laup but his shot came back of the crossbar.

Remi Garde looked to Yoann Gourcuff for what was his first start in three months, replacing the injured Michel Bastos.

But it was the underdogs who started the game on the front foot and, after beating Marseille and Rennes in previous rounds, the minnows were full of confidence. Hugo Lloris had to stand strong to deny the part timers before Joris Colinet should have scored, but couldn't direct the ball on target.

That gave Lyon a rude awakening and they responded. Lopez controlled well before firing a shot against the post, before Alexandre Lacazette had a shot cleared off the line by Frederic Weis.

The opening goal soon arrived as Lacazette raced onto Bafetimbi Gomis' clever flick through, before taking on the keeper and crossing for Lopez to score his 22nd goal of the season, and his seventh of the tournament.

Lyon nearly doubled their lead early in the second half. Lacazette's deflected shot bounced over El Kharroubi and onto the bar, before falling to Lopez who couldn't get a shot away.

Quevilly went close to equalising, but Lloris somehow managed to tip Laup's thundering drive onto the crossbar.

Gomis then couldn't keep his shot on target before substitute Jimmy Briand fired at the keeper.

Lyon, who lost in the Coupe de la Ligue final to Marseille earlier in the month, finally won their first trophy since 2008. Captain Cris then sportingly invited the Quevilly captain Gregory Beaugrard to lift the cup with him.

Lyon must now turn their attention to securing Europa League football for next season, as they sit a point below Rennes in fifth position with a game in hand.
Glenn Noble

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