2014 Coupe de la Ligue Final

The 2014 Coupe de la Ligue Final was the 20th final of France’s football league cup competition, the Coupe de la Ligue, a competition for the 42 teams that the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) manages. The final took place on 19 April 2014 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and was contested between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. PSG won 2–1 and became the first club to win the competition four times, ahead of Bordeaux and Marseille.

Football match
2014 Coupe de la Ligue Final
Event 2013–14 Coupe de la Ligue
Lyon Paris Saint-Germain
Ligue 1 Ligue 1
1 2
Date 19 April 2014
Venue Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Man of the Match Edinson Cavani(Paris Saint-Germain)[1]
Referee Stéphane Lannoy
Attendance 78,489

The winner of the final should have been guaranteed a UEFA Europa League place for the 2014–15 season, but PSG had already qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League via its league position.

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Lyon appeared in its fifth final of the Coupe de la Ligue. The Rhône-Alpes-based club won its only league cup title in 2001 defeating Monaco 2–1 after extra time.[2] In Lyon’s three other finals appearances, the club finished runner-up in 1996, 2007 and 2012 to Metz, Bordeaux and Marseille respectively.[3]

In their four previous finals, Paris Saint-Germain had won three: the inaugural final in 1995 against Bastia, in 1998 against Bordeaux in a penalty shootout, and a 2-1 win over Lens in 2008. Their one defeat in a final had been in 2000, losing to second-tier Gueugnon.[3] PSG manager Laurent Blanc had won the 2009 final with Bordeaux.

The two teams met in the league six days before the final, Lyon winning 1–0 at home through Jordan Ferri to inflict only PSG’s second league defeat of the season and prevent them from possibly winning the title on that day.[4] However, Lyon manager Rémi Garde, said “The two matches shouldn’t be compared. We were at home and on Saturday we’re away from home. We’re closer to Paris than Lyon. They are two competitions with different ingredients. I’m not worried that we’ll relax after our win. We’ll start from scratch.”[5]

PSG were disadvantaged by the loss through injury of Ligue 1 top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was injured in their Champions League victory over Chelsea on 2 April. As a result, Edinson Cavani moved to centre-forward. First-choice goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was rested for PSG, with Nicolas Douchez starting instead. A BBC preview to the match said, “Champions League heartbreak, losing your best player through injury and then being beaten by tonight’s opponents in your last game. It’s fair enough to say Paris St-Germain’s build-up to the French League Cup final hasn’t been ideal.”[6]

The Coupe de la Ligue final has been played every year at the Stade de France since 1998, following the stadium’s completion. The stadium has a capacity of 81,338 spectators. Both clubs will receive the same quota of tickets, which are distributed to season ticket holders and through each club’s ticket sales at a later date. Ticketing information was released on 12 February 2014.[7]

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