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Hegerberg on the bench in Lyon’s final victory

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Ada Hegerberg and Lyon are playoff champions in French football. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB

Of NTB | 17.05.2024 23:00:05

Sport: Hegerberg made a comeback after over two months out with injury when she was substituted against Reims five days ago. On Friday, she sat the entire game on the bench.

The play-offs are new in French football. Instead of a winner being chosen after 22 games, the top four advance to a play-off. There, Lyon met Reims in the semi-finals and won 6-0, while PSG beat city rivals Paris FC after a penalty shoot-out.

In Friday’s final, Lyon was the best and could celebrate its 17th league title. Delphine Cascarino and Kadidiatou Diani scored the goals that gave Lyon a 2-0 lead before 25 minutes had been played. Tabita Chawinga reduced the deficit for PSG with a quarter of an hour remaining, but the capital team never got the equaliser.

On May 25, Lyon will face Barcelona in the Champions League final in Bilbao. Lyon beat the Spaniards in the finals in 2019 and 2022. Last year, Barcelona became champions with a final victory over Wolfsburg.

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