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.
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.