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PARIS: An extra-time goal by substitute Brandao gave Marseille a 1-0 win over Lyon at Stade de France on Saturday that allowed them to claim the French League Cup for a record third successive season.
The Brazilian beat Hugo Lloris with a low shot in the 105th minute to settle a low-quality encounter and end a desperate run of form that had seen Marseille go 12 games without victory in all competitions. Having slumped to ninth in Ligue 1 and been swept out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich, victory over OL means Didier Deschamps’ side can at least look forward to Europa League football next season.
Lyon’s four-year trophy drought continues, but they will start as strong favourites when they return to Stade de France to face third-tier Quevilly in the French Cup final in two weeks’ time. “Unfortunately, we’ve already had setbacks this season, but we’ve always bounced back,” said Lyon coach Remi Garde, whose side are also bidding to chase down third-placed Lille in Ligue 1.
“I have faith in my squad. I’ll try to find the words so that we can come back again and achieve our objectives. We want that third place and we’ll be there.”