PSG Beats Lyon On Penalties To Win League Cup Final

French champion Paris Saint-Germain edged out Lyon on penalty kicks to win a tightly contested last edition of the League Cup on Friday and complete a domestic treble, denying Lyon its first trophy since the French Cup in 2012.

The match finished 0-0 and Lyon was a save away from winning it, leading 5-4 in the shootout.

But Neymar held his nerve well, slotting the ball into the bottom corner to draw PSG level and Lyon winger Bertrand Traore’s subsequent penalty was saved by Keylor Navas.

Winger Pablo Sarabia confidently placed the next penalty past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to give PSG the win to follow up on last Friday’s 1-0 win against Saint-Etienne in the French Cup.

Lyon won the League Cup in 2001, losing four other finals in the competition.

Although Lyon played better in extra time, defender Rafael was shown a red card moments from the end for a clumsy foul on PSG winger Angel Di Maria on the edge of the penalty area.

PSG was missing star striker Kylian Mbappe, who is recovering from ankle ligament damage sustained playing against Saint-Etienne, and now has other injury worries.

Striker Mauro Icardi, right back Layvin Kurzawa and veteran captain Thiago all went off during the game with what appeared to be leg-muscle injuries.

The match kicked shortly after 9 p.m. local time in exhausting heat of around 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit).

An even contest saw chances for both sides before extra time, with Lyon goalkeeper Lopes making superb saves to keep out a long shot from midfielder Idrissa Gueye near the end of the first half and a point-blank header from Neymar in the 87th minute.

PSG goalie Navas was also sharp when it mattered, leaping to save a fine freekick from Maxwell Cornet in the 81st.

Official: Victor Osimhen Joins Napoli In Club Record Transfer
Serie A side SSC Napoli have announced the transfer of Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen from Ligue 1 outfit Lille OSC in a club record transfer.

Growing up in the Strikers Academy in Nigeria, Osimhen started his primary footsteps in world football. Later on he moved to Germany to play in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in season 2017/18.

A year later, he moved to Belgian club Charleroi where he participated in a total of 36 official games scoring 20 goals in 2018/19. His performances earned him a move to Lille in 2018/19, where he scored 18 goals in 38 appearances.

Osimhen’s transfer to Napoli is reportedly worth €70 million, according to RMC Sport, becoming the Partenopei’s most expensive transfer and beating Gonzalo Higuain’s €39 million signing in 2013 from Real Madrid. Though the final fee could rise to €80 million due to add-ons.

The 21-year-old has signed a five year contract with Napoli with an option for an additional year.

On international level, Osimhen won the U-17 World Cup with Nigeria in 2015 where he ended the tournament as top scorer with 10 goals. He made his debut for the senior team in 2017 and so far he has collected 10 international caps with four goals to his name.

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