Olympique Lyonnais eliminated in the Cup
Written by Maryan Mahieu   
Friday, 01 May 2009 00:08

Olympique Lyonnais will not play the final of the Challenge de France this season. The team of coach Farid Benstiti went out today against Montpellier after a penalty shoot-out in the Stade Jules Rimet of Sussargues. After the regular 90 minutes were played the score was still 0-0 so penalties had to decide about the winner. Former Lyon player Hoda Lattaf scored the decisive penalty for Montpellier who won this event 4-3. Montpellier will now play the final in the Stade de Gerland on Friday June 5th 2009 against second division team Le Mans and this just before the friendly of the French national men team versus Nigeria.


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Inka Grings ends Lyon's European dream
Written by Maryan Mahieu   
Sunday, 05 April 2009 14:14

For the second year running French champions Olympique Lyonnais could not reach the final of the UEFA Women's Cup. After missing out on last year's final on the away goal rule against Umea IK (1-1 at home and 0-0 in Sweden) now FCR 2001 Duisburg and forward Inka Grings stopped their progress towards European glory.

Inka Grings, the current topscorer of the Women Bundesliga, struck twice just before half-time to put the German team 2-0 up. French international forward Elodie Thomis still pulled a goal back for 'les Poupées' (The Dolls) before the break (2-1), but after Inka Grings was brought down in the box by captain Laura Georges it was Linda Bresonik's converted penalty in the 54th minute that send FCR 2001 Duisburg to their first ever European final.

The first defeat in Europe for Olympique Lyonnais and the first in an official game since September 10th 2006 after a run of 86 unbeaten games also meant that Lyon's European dream was over. For FCR 2001 Duisburg, who made their debut in Europe this season, the fairy tale continues. In May they can become the third German team (after 1.FFC Frankfurt and 1.FFC Turbine Potsdam) to win the UEFA Women's Cup. In the final FCR 2001 Duisburg will meet another European starter, the Russian side Zvezda-2005 Perm. They won the other semi-final against last year's finalists Umea IK (2-0 at home and 2-2 in Sweden).

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Femke Maes scores important away goal
Written by Maryan Mahieu   
Saturday, 28 March 2009 19:09

The first leg of the semi-final in the UEFA Women's Cup between French champions Olympique Lyonnais and German team FCR 2001 Duisburg ended on Saturday March 28th 2009 in a 1-1 draw. Ingvild Stensland, the Norwegian midfielder, put Lyon before a crowd of almost 10.000 fans in the Stade de Gerland ahead after 23 minutes with a splendid free-kick from the edge of the area in the top corner of Kathrin Lehmann's goal. But the home team couldn't keep the little advantage. In the 67ste minute Belgian international Femke Maes scored from close range after a long deep ball from Alexandra Popp. De second leg will be played on Sunday April 5th 2009 at 2 pm in the PCC-stadium of Duisburg.

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