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Lyon in the final of the League Cup

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Lyon in the final of the League Cup



Lyonnais Jimmy Briand (center) celebrating his goal against Lorient in the quarterfinals of the League Cup on 31 January 2012 at Moustoir. Lyon qualified for the final of the League Cup against Lorient (4-2 aet) after snatching the extension at the end of extra time by Briand, entered shortly before Tuesday at Stade du Moustoir.

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Lyon qualified for the final of the League Cup against Lorient (4-2 aet) after snatching the extension at the end of extra time by Briand, entered shortly before Tuesday at Stade du Moustoir. The Lyonnais, winners of the competition in 2001 and finalist in 2007, will try to win their first title in almost four years on April 14 against Marseille or Nice, who meet on Wednesday night in the other semifinal.

The outcome is cruel for men Christian Gourcuff, who led 2-0 until the 80th minute but lost this stage of the competition as in 2010. Lacazette initially reduced the mark with a powerful shot before Briand rises higher than a defense Lorient apathetic (90 + 4), and then Gomis gives the coup de grace (102nd). The last goal was anecdotal Lacazette (120th + 2).

Yet for 80 minutes, Rémi Garde's men were in it, like Cree, back after a muscle injury and a cold by Emeghara on the opening goal (60th) and quite feverish throughout the meeting . The Lyon captain out five minutes from the end, will have to take Sunday's Championship clash against Marseille, Lyon who is neck-and-neck for a place in the Champions League.

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Tuesday, Remi Garde's men have left the ball too much and have too much lost in the middle. Their tactics, voluntary or not, could be paid in the first period. Dismissing the game quickly on the wings in the wake of a dangerous Bastos, they could have opened the scoring by Lisandro (shot over, 9th, shot from Lecomte, 17th and 40th) and Gomis (volley deflected for a corner). But they could also have been punished earlier by Hake.

Barthelmé, tenured for the first time this season and very legs on his left hand, was very close to tackle the goal deflected a center Cris (23rd) before hitting the bar (26th). Lloris then blocked a shot Coutadeur (31st) before leaving for a two-fisted strikes Emeghara (44th) and could not resume Monnet-Paquet.

The porter of the Blues could do nothing however in the 60th minute with a shot from Emeghara, well served by the stopper Romao. Opening the deserved score for Lorient, which doubled the lead by Monnet-Paquet after déboulé of Emeghara (68th). Barthelmé (72) and Mareque (73) were close to burden the brand Lyonnais before finally emerging from their torpor by Lacazette.

The Lorient were still threatening when extending. Jouffre and threatened Lloris free kick (92nd, 103) before the porter saves his (112th). The outcome is cruel for men Gourcuff, probably as frustrated after the Lyon victory Moustoir Championship in mid-December (1-0). The Lyonnais, themselves, may address the free spirit the shock of the Ligue 1 Sunday against OM.

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