Olympique Lyonnais claimed the French Super Cup for the third year running with a 7-6 penalty shoot-out victory against Paris Saint-Germain FC after a 1-1 draw in Cannes.
As in 2002 and 2003, Lyon went into the fixture as champions aiming to beat the French Cup holders. But whereas Lyon defeated FC Lorient 5-1 and AJ Auxerre 2-1 in those matches, PSG - also hoping to become the first team to lift the Super Cup three times since it was reinstated in 1995 - took Les Gones all the way.
Lyon have lost Vikash Dhorasoo, Péguy Luyindula, Patrick Müller and Edmílson since winning Ligue 1 last term, but striker Giovane Elber remains at the club and he put them ahead on 55 minutes. But PSG, who were second behind Lyon in the 2003/04 championship, levelled 16 minutes later through Fabrice Fiorese.
With the scores level after 90 minutes, the game went to penalties. Both sides missed one of their first five spot-kicks, but then converted the next two to make it 6-6. However, after Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet saved from PSG substitute Alioune Touré, Jérémie Berthod kept his nerve to ensure this showpiece fixture was won by the champions for the fifth successive year.
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