Paris Saint-Germain’s women’s team were treated to a heroes’ welcome in Paris after ending Lyon’s 14-year reign at the top of French football.
Thousands of fans stormed onto the streets of Paris on Friday night after seeing their side claim a first-ever league title.
PSG headed into the final round of the league a point clear of Lyon after securing a 0-0 draw against their rivals a week earlier.
The small margin at the top of the table meant Olivier Echouafni’s team needed to beat Dijon in their final game; if they lost or drew and Lyon defeated Fleury, the reigning champions would claim the title for the 15th consecutive season.
Their hunt for their first league trophy started well as Sara Däbritz scored a penalty in the eighth minute, the only goal in the first half.
Celebrations began to come into view when captain Irene Paredes headed home from a corner just past the hour mark and they had sealed their win as Jordyn Huitema headed a stoppage-time winner.
Pure joy and elation was then etched on PSG’s players’ faces after securing the title.
The win was even sweeter as the team had finished second in the table eight times previously.
After coming so close on many occassions it seems fitting the club finished the season unbeaten with impressive results coming from across the league.
Among their astonishing wins was a 14-0 victory over Issy FF back in November and a tight, but ultimately crucial 1-0 win over Lyon a week later.
Thousands of fans marked the huge feat, letting off flares and chanting; the scenes in the capital marked the growing support women’s football has in the country.
While the celebrations continued into the night for PSG, the win meant heartbreak for Lyon who finished their season with an 8-0 win over Fleury.
They finish the season trophyless with domination in both France and Europe scuppered by PSG.
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Their French rivals also knocked them out of the Women’s Champions League in the quarter-finals to end Lyon’s five-time winning streak in the European competition.
Lyon were looking to retain the league title after crashing out of the WCL following the replacement of boss Jean-Luc Vasseur in April.
But new manager Sonia Bompasteur couldn’t get the team over the line in what was a thrilling title race.