2008 Coupe de France Final

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2008 Coupe de France Final
Event Coupe de France 2007-08
Date 24 May 2008
Venue Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Man of the Match Sidney Govou
Attendance Philippe Kalt

The 2008 Coupe de France Final was a football match that was held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France on 24 May 2008. It was the 90th final in the Coupe de France's history. The final was contested between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Olympique Lyonnais. This was PSG's 10th appearance in the Coupe de France final, having won the cup in 1982, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004, and 2006. They also lost in the final twice in 1985 and 2003. With a win in this year's final, PSG would have been granted the rare cup double with their last double coming in 1998. This was Olympique Lyonnais's 7th appearance in the final having won in 1964, 1967, and 1973. They lost in the final three times in 1963, 1971, and 1976.

Road to the Final[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain

Round of 32 SAS Épinal 0–2 PSG
Round of 16 Le Poiré-sur-Vie 1–3 PSG
First Knockout Round PSG 2–1 SC Bastia
Quarter-final USJA Carquefou 0–1 PSG
Semi-final Amiens SC 0–1 PSG

Olympique Lyonnais

Round of 32 US Créteil 0–4 Lyon
Round of 16 Croix de Savoie 0–1 Lyon
First Knockout Round Lyon 2–1 Sochaux
Quarter-final Lyon 1–0 FC Metz
Semi-final Lyon 1–0 CS Sedan

Match information[edit]

Lyon supporters at the 2008 Coupe de France Final 2008

In front of a sell-out crowd of 80,000+ fans, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain stepped on the pitch of the Stade de France to contest the 90th Coupe de France. PSG tore Lyon's defense ragged for most of the game and had a goal by Sylvain Armand incorrectly ruled offside. Olympique Lyonnais held on to 0–0 after 90 minutes, winning the match in extra time.

The majority of the first half was mainly dominated by PSG who thrived on Lyon's turnovers using them in order to counterattack. Lyon players, becoming frustrated, committed several malacious challenges leading to the likes of Anthony Réveillère and Sébastien Squillaci picking up yellow cards. The second half was partially even with both teams attempting to counterattack each other with both displaying fatigue as the second half moved forward. Both PSG and Lyon had several chances. Lyon's primary chances were as a result of Juninho's free kicks, while PSG probably had the best chance of the night when Amara Diané got through in the box and had a great chance, however it was miraculously saved by Grégory Coupet, who was playing his last match in a Lyon jersey, leaving the match up for grabs as they headed to extra time. One notable moment of the second half was the substitution of Pauleta, who was playing his final match for PSG. He was given a standing ovation by PSG supporters.

The first half of extra time was progressively slow with both clubs trying to get a strategic view of each other. It wasn't until the end of the first half of extra time when a goal was finally conceded. Following a cross by Karim Benzema, Sidney Govou pounced on the loose ball in the box after it went off Kader Keïta to give Lyon the lead after 102 minutes of play. Following the goal, Lyon finally settled down and opted to a more defensive style of play utilizing the offside trap and holding on to the ball more turning the tables on PSG, who were now becoming frustrated, with Mario Yepes delivering a questionable elbow on Benzema. Sidney Govou's goal would eventually be the only goal of the match giving Lyon their first Coupe de France title victory in 35 years. With the win in the final, Lyon were also granted their first ever double having won Ligue 1 this past season.

Since both clubs have automatically qualified for European competitions, PSG via the Coupe de la Ligue, Lyon via Ligue 1, the Coupe de France European place was reverted to the league. The spot was awarded to AS Saint-Étienne, ironically Lyon's primary rivals.

Match details[edit]

24 May 2008
Lyon 1–0 PSG
Govou Goal 102' Report
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,204
Referee: Philippe Kalt
GK 1 France Grégory Coupet
RB 2 France Anthony Réveillère YC 41'
CB 4 France Jean-Alain Boumsong
CB 5 France Sébastien Squillaci YC 45'
LB 11 Italy Fabio Grosso
RM 7 France Sidney Govou
CM 3 France Jérémy Toulalan
CM 8 Brazil Juninho (c) Substituted off 117'
LM 6 Sweden Kim Källström Substituted off 68'
FW 10 France Karim Benzema
FW 9 Brazil Fred Substituted off 73'
GK 18 France Rémy Vercoutre
DF 13 France François Clerc Substituted in 117'
MF 12 France Mathieu Bodmer Substituted in 68'
MF 17 Spain Marc Crosas
MF 14 Argentina César Delgado
FW 15 France Hatem Ben Arfa
FW 16 Ivory Coast Kader Keïta YC 110' Substituted in 73'
France Alain Perrin
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GK 1 France Jérôme Alonzo
RB 2 Brazil Ceará
CB 6 Colombia Mario Yepes
CB 4 France Zoumana Camara YC 40'
LB 3 France Sylvain Armand
RM 10 France Clément Chantôme Substituted off 83'
CM 5 France Grégory Bourillon Substituted off 105'
CM 8 France Jérémy Clément
CM 7 France Jérôme Rothen YC 65'
LM 11 Ivory Coast Amara Diané
FW 9 Portugal Pauleta (c) Substituted off 80'
GK 18 Armenia Apoula Edima Bete Edel
DF 15 France Bernard Mendy YC 113' Substituted in 83'
DF 17 France Mamadou Sakho
MF 13 Brazil Souza Substituted in 105'
FW 12 France Péguy Luyindula Substituted in 80'
FW 14 France Yannick Boli
FW 16 France Loris Arnaud
France Paul Le Guen


  • Assistant referees:
  • Fourth official:



  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes extra-time (15-minute intervals)
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level after extra time.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.