The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the France Cup 2022 Final.

Above: Paris St. Germain lift the France Cup after their 8-0 win over Football Féminin Yzeure Allier Auvergne. Photo: PSG Feminines.

Paris Saint-Germain (D1) won 8-0 against Football Féminin Yzeure Allier Auvergne (D2). This final took place in Dijon in front of a crowd of 7 000 spectators, of which 1,900 fans came Yzeure (almost a sixth of their population of 13 000).

Paris SG were relentless and won their third France Cup (2010, 2018, 2022) in a one-sided game. The difference between the two teams was not only an entire division, but budgets at opposite ends of the scale.

Yzeure has the lowest budget in France D2 (€275,000), which represents the annual salary of a single average player in PSG squad, which has a budget around 30 times greater than Yzeure. The second-tier side are also a fully amateur team with all their players working or in college or university but still find a way to train five times during the week and play on weekends while Paris SG are fully professional.

Above: Football Féminin Yzeure Allier Auvergne pictured after the game – it was a heroic cup run for the second-tier side. Photo: La Montagne Terre de Sport.

Furthermore, on the team sheet, Yzeure had only four players as substitutes including their own coach Ophélie Meilleroux. Still, we must note that Sara Däbritz produced a superb performance with three decisive passes from corners (to Marie-Antoinette Katoto 7th minute, to Paulina Dudek 9th minute, to Ashley Lawrence 12th minute), and two goals (13th minute on a pass from Kadidiatou Diani, 72nd minute with a cross-shot from 18 meters).

Teams: PARIS ST. GERMAIN: Voll, Lawrence, De Almeida, Dudek, Karchaoui, Fazer, Geyoro, Däbritz, Diani (Baltimore 63′), Bachmann (Cascarino 63′), Katoto (Huitema 63′).

Scorers: Katoto 3’, 7’, 31’. Dudek 9’ Lawrence 12’, 59’. Däbritz 13’ 72’.

YZEURE ALLIER AUVERGNE : Beitz, Surpris, Moreira, Manie, De Sousa (Barka 82′) – Woedikou (Shtainshnaider 73′), Ou Mahi, Seddaoui Tsadjia (Rousset 90+1′), Goumeziane, Mbengue.

Stop press news: There is mounting speculation that Sara Däbritz will leave PSG to join Olympique Lyonnais for next season. If it is confirmed. There are also rumours that another PSG star, Marie-Antoinette Katoto could also be on her way to Lyon.

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