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PSG beat Lyon 2-1, win League Cup

PARIS--Paris Saint-Germain won France's League Cup on Saturday, beating Lyon 2-1 in the final at the Stade de France to secure the first leg of a likely domestic double.

Edinson Cavani was the match-winner for Laurent Blanc's side, scoring a first-half brace, one of which came from a controversial penalty, and while Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back in the second half, PSG proved just too strong for a Lyon outfit who had beaten them in Ligue 1 just six days earlier.

It is the second trophy won by the club from the French capital since their takeover by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 and subsequent transformation into one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe, following their title triumph last season.

And their League Cup victory — their fourth in the 20-year history of the competition — could be followed by another Ligue 1 crown as early as next Wednesday, although they must hope nearest rivals Monaco lose on Sunday for that to happen.

“It is a privilege and an honor to play in a final but you have to win it, and we won it,” said Blanc.

“It was difficult because Lyon were very good, especially in the second half. We're having a good season but for people to remember it we had to win titles and that's the first one.”

PSG had been in the doldrums following their Champions League quarterfinal exit to Chelsea at the start of the month and

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Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani, left, heads the ball to score past Olympic Lyonnais goalkeeper Anthony Lopes during the French League Cup Final soccer match at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, Saturday, April 19.(AP)

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