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PSG Vs. Lille, Coupe De France Final: Lille Capture Cup In Dramatic Fashion

A win for current leaders Lille over PSG would give the surprising champions-to-be the first half of the double, while Marseille hopes to keep pace in hopes of preventing the second.

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PSG Vs. Lille, Coupe De France Final: LOSC Capture Victory

For the first time in 56 years, LOSC Lille have captured a major trophy by winning the Coupe de France Final over Paris St. Germain in dramatic fashion. Both goalkeepers were good for most of the match, but an error by Gregory Coupet at the very end gifted the 1-0 victory to Lille, whose bench and fans went absolutely bananas at the conclusion of the game. 

The winning goal was scored on a free kick by Ludovic Obraniak, a man who had just one goal previously this season for Lille. He took an in-swinging free kick with his left foot from the right side of the pitch in the 88th minute, and Coupet was caught sleeping. The ball curled around to the far post and into the back of the net, leaving PSG stunned.

Lille almost doubled their lead a minute later through a penalty kick, but Coupet made an absolutely brilliant save. Though, his save hardly made up for his previous error, which granted Lille the win and the trophy.

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PSG Vs. Lille, Coupe De France Final: 0-0 Halftime

Oh boy, this one has been dire. Most of us expected a spectacle with some good attacking football at the Stade de France tonight in the Coupe de France final, but instead, Paris St. Germain and Lille have produced a match that looks like a cup final, with both teams looking nervous, defensive, and playing afraid to lose.

Gregory Coupet had to make a very good kick save on a free kick in the 17th minute, but that's been about it for the clear cut scoring chances. Lots of credit is due to the defensive midfielders on both sides, especially Claude Makelele, but games where most impressive player for both teams is the defensive midfielder usually aren't thrilling, and this game is no exception.

Hopefully this game opens up in the second half, but don't count on it. This is a cup final, and both teams are likely to continue playing not to lose.

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PSG Vs. Lille, Coupe De France Final: Lineups

Paris St. Germain are the holders of the Coupe de France and they have appeared in six of the last nine finals. Lille, on the other hand, have not won a major trophy in over 50 years. PSG have the big name and the big time history, but Lille have the immense talent and form. If the league table didn't indicate to you that Lille are not underdogs, some of the names in their lineup will.

PSG veterans Ludovic Giuly and Claude Makelele will obviously not be intimidated by the occasion, and they have shown this season that they still have some gas in their tanks. However, despite their relative inexperience as compared to some of PSG's stars, Lille have some unbelievable talent, especially on the front line. Their front three of Eden Hazard, Gervinho, and Moussa Sow is perhaps the most underrated in Europe. Here are the lineups.

PSG lineup (4-2-3-1): Coupet; Ceara, Camara, Sahko, Tiene; Makelele, Chantome; Guily, Bodmer, Nene; Hoarau

Lille lineup (4-3-3): Landreau; Debuchy, Rami, Chedjou, Beria; Gueyem Mavuba, Cabaye; Gervinho, Sow, Hazard

Kickoff is at 2:45 pm ET, 7:45 pm local time.

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Ligue 1 Preview, Week 35: PSG Battles Lille In Coupe De France Final

A busy slate of mid-week games means a less crowded Ligue 1 fixture list over the weekend, with all seven games taking place on Sunday and one lonely little match on Monday. Saturday is still a big day though, with Lille looking to claim the French Cup against PSG and sew up the first half of a major double.

Saturday

PSG vs. Lille (Coupe de France Final, Stade de France)

Time: 20:45 CET/2:45 PM EDT

It's been a magical season for Lille, and they've got a legitimate chance to hoist two very important trophies over the next few weeks with their first opportunity coming against PSG this weekend. PSG are still chasing the final Champions League spot, but by their standards this season would be far more acceptable should they manage to keep hold of the Coupe.

Lille are a joy to watch and PSG are the professional, refined old guard of French football. This is a massive game with the potential to be a big part of a tremendous underdog's story. This is as can't-miss as it gets.

Pick: Lille, 3-2

Sunday

Arles vs. Toulouse

Time: 17:00 CET/11:00 AM EDT

Arles have picked up 65% of their points at home on the season, which sounds like bad news for Toulouse until you realize that Arles have 14 points. That'd be like Pontiac pointing out that the Aztek sold especially well in Nevada. It's all but meaningless.

Yes, that was a Pntiac Aztek joke. A car that existed for a very brief time a decade ago, made by an automotive company that no longer exists. If you can find a more fitting analogy for Arles, I'd love to hear it.

Pick: Toulouse, 2-0

AS Monaco vs. Lens

Time: 17:00 CET/11:00 AM EDT

This is, as they say, a six-pointer, with Lens looking to build off a surprise win over Bordeaux and Monaco reeling after a waxing at the hands of Sochaux. Lens have a real chance to pull of a great escape, while Monaco could find themselves shock relegation candidates and oh my God these teams are so boring if anyone scores it will be a miracle.

Pick: Draw, 0-0

AS Nancy Lorraine vs. Nice

Time: 17:00 CET/11:00 AM EDT

Yet another game with huge relegation battle implications. Does it seem like I say that a lot? It's because I do. The bottom half of this table is absolutely insane. The entire league aside from Lille, Marseille, Lyon and PSG are somehow going to end up being relegated and Standard Liege will win the treble next season.

Pick: Nancy, 2-1

Caen vs.  Montpellier

Time: 17:00 CET/11:00 AM EDT

Caen is a yo-yo team in every sense of the word but they appear to be walking the dog at the moment, staying just above the drop. They've got one hell of a slate to close out the season, with this weekend's home match with Montpellier likely their best chance for three points for the rest of the season. Montpellier is very much a difficult team to get a handle on,but they'll be in good spirits after a 3-1 win over Lorient midweek. Luckily for Caen, Montpellier can only score more than one goal a game once a month, so if they can find the net they'll be good for at least a point.

Pick: Draw, 1-1

St. Etienne vs. Stade Rennes

Time: 17:00 CET/11:00 AM EDT

Stade Rennes have somehow managed 18 points away from home despite scoring just 12 goals. St. Etienne has been strong at home, scoring more than anyone outside of the European places. Unfortunately boring usually triumphs so this game will probably be awful.

Pick: Draw, 1-1

Valenciennes vs. AJ Auxerre

Time: 17:00 CET/11:00 AM EDT

Draw.

Pick: Draw, Who Cares-Who Cares

Lorient vs. Marseille

Time: 21:00 CET/3:00 PM EDT

Lorient has been the Ligue 1 version of that huge swarm of flies you always see buzzing around lions in nature videos all year long. They haven't always brought them down but they've always managed to be annoying, and eventually someone is going to come down with sleeping sickness.

Pick: Lorient, 2-1

Monday

Brest vs. Lyon

Time: 21:00 CET/3:00 PM EDT

Lyon have come on fairly strong as of late, but their...regrettable start to the season has them in a dogfight with PSG for the final Champions League spot. This is as close to a must-win as you'll find if Lyon hope to salvage something of this season, and while the team's luck has been such that even hearing the words 'must-win' probably has Claude Puel weeping softly in the corner, Lyon is playing Brest, who are fairly awful.

Also, Yoann Gourcuff is dead, right? I mean, I know he scored that winner a few weeks ago, but this is some sort of Weekend At Bernie's scenario, isn't it? Someone shake down Michel Bastos and Ederson for marionette string.

Pick: Lyon, 2-0

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