Friday Roundup: Lyon win French Cup on penalties

The Equalizer Staff May 19, 2017 14

Also in today’ roundup, Bibiana Steinhaus to become first woman referee in men’s Bundesliga and the Spirit part ways with Crystal Thomas

Lyon's dominance of French soccer continued with a French Cup win over PSG to complete a 6th straight domestic double.

Lyon’s dominance of French soccer continued with a French Cup win over PSG to complete a 6th straight domestic double.

Lyon have added another trophy, surviving a lengty penalty shootout to edge rivals Paris Saint-Germain for a 6th consecutive French Cup. Ada Hergerberg hit the winning penalty after Ouleymata Sarr’s kick was stopped by Meline Gerard. The match ended in a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes. There is no extra time in the French Cup.

PSG struck early when Cristiane put them on top just 6 minutes in. But before the first half was out, Saki Kumigai equalized from the spot. Kumigai later had a chance to seal it in penalties but she hit the post with the would-be Cup winner. That was after Irene Paredes fired high meaning the anchor kickers for both sides failed to even force the opposing keeper to make a save.

Misses by Paredes and Kumigai were the only misses through seven rounds until Sarr was stopped in the 8th, setting the stage for Hegerberg.

The sides will meet again in 13 days time in Cardiff Wales for the UEFA Women’s Champions League Trophy. Lyon has now won at least the domestic double six years running and will be bidding to complete a second straight treble. PSG meanwhile slipped to third in the domestic league and are out of next year’s UWCL unless they beat Lyon on June 1 in Cardiff to qualify as defending champions.

Alex Morgan was unavailable for the match due to a hamstring injury but remains hopeful of being ready for the UWCL final.

Germany promotes female referee to men’s Bundesliga

Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the men's Bundesliga and will become the first woman to referee a match there next season.

Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the men’s Bundesliga and will become the first woman to referee a match there next season.

German’s male Bundesliga announced four new referees for the 2017-2018 season and one of them is Bibiana Steinhaus. The 38-year old police officer from Haonover will become the first woman ever to referee a top flight men’s match in Germany. Steinhaus was in the middle for the 2015 Women’s World Cup final and will referee next month’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

Steinhaus has been a women’s Bundesliga referee since 1999. In 2000 she came to the United States to referee in the International Military Games in Fort Eustis, Virginia.

“Her hard work has driven her longevity and all of us who are her colleagues and have worked with her at various tournaments over the years couldn’t be prouder of her,” Sandra Serafini, who worked with Steinhaus at the International Military Games and is now the Strategic Initiatives Manager for PRO, told The Equalizer.

Spirit waive Crystal Thomas

Crystal Thomas made one appearance for the Spirit.

Crystal Thomas made one appearance for the Spirit.

The Washington Spirit have waived Crystal Thomas.

Thomas spent preseason with the Spirit and was signed to a contract on April 27 after Joanna Lohman was placed on the season-ending injury list with a torn ACL. She made her first and only appearance for the club three days later in a 1-0 loss to the Houston Dash.

The Spirit added Mallory Pugh to the active roster this week and are anxiously awaiting her professional debut on Saturday. They are also expecting Caprice Dydasco back from the same injury soon although she is listed as out on this weekend’s injury report and remains on the 45-day disabled list.

Thomas was in the season-opening U-23 camp in January.

  • Ashley C

    Congrats to Lyon! Game wasn’t great but I thought PSG had the best moment. I hope the final is close and as competitive. I would not underestimate PSG
    and Lair in any final. I will say this – for all of Lyon’s big names
    they haven’t impressed me as much this season like in previous ones. Don’t always seem as cohesive as I’ve seen at times.

    • Forgedias

      How was Ashley Lawrence?

  • jm aulas

    ol reporting morgan’s hamstring injury is a tear and if she’s even available for the CL finals, much less up for more than a late supersub, it’ll be a minor miracle http://www.olweb.fr/en/article/press-release-news-on-alex-morgan-victim-of-a-hamstring-tear-30983.html

    doubt she’ll even be ready in a month for pride duty

  • lynch

    spirit reporting 3500 tickets already sold for pugh’s debut, already a season high by 400

  • Paul Klee

    Too bad Alex wasn’t available to take a spot kick.

  • Tom F

    here’s the full Arsenal vs Chelsea match from a few days ago. Kim Little is still on the injury, but Dunn & O’Reilly start for their respective teams
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhlqk_P0o_U

    and here’s the full FA Cup final featuring the one & only Carli Lloyd!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cbq4rt8oLo

    • Alex

      Are you watching Arsenal vs Birmingham atm? Arsenal basically need to win to have any shot of winning the Spring Series, and Little is back albeit on the bench!

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  • guest

    I bet Morgan won’t be 90 minutes fit for the Pride when she comes back. I feel bad for her but I’ve never seen a player that deals with more injuries than she does. I will honestly be surprised if she makes it to the next World Cup at this rate. I think jill needs to start looking at other FW options.

    • Chris

      It’s hard to feel bad for (probably) one of the top 5 wealthiest female athletes in the world.

      • guest

        Money isn’t everything. Especially for a results oriented, extremely competitive person like Alex. She seems like the type of person who likes to accomplish concrete things outside of increasing her bank account.

      • mockmook

        Not even close — for instance, any big name female tennis player smokes her in earnings. And, then you have Danica Patrick, some figure skaters, top golfers, etc.

        • guest

          I doubt that. Alex is probably top 5 or min top 10 recognizable female athletes in the world.

  • kernel_thai

    How deep and talented is Lyon? Ada Hegerberg has the number eight spot in their PK shooting order : )