Lair leaves Lyon with another double

"It's the perfect way to leave," said Olympique Lyonnais coach Patrice Lair after a 2-0 cup final defeat of Paris Saint-Germain, adding French women's football is getting tougher.

Lara Dickenmann opened the scoring for Lyon
Lara Dickenmann opened the scoring for Lyon ©Getty Images

A 2-0 French Women's Cup final defeat of Paris Saint-Germain gave Olympique Lyonnais coach Patrice Lair a third straight domestic double.

Lair announced earlier this year that he would leave Lyon at the end of the season, and having already ensured a fourth league title of his four-season reign, goals from Lara Dickenmann and Corine Franco on 57 and 62 minutes respectively settled a tense showpiece in Le Mans against a Paris side coached by his OL predecessor Farid Benstiti.

"For me it's a perfect way to leave," said 52-year-old Lair, who helped Lyon win two UEFA Women's Champions League titles, subsequently suffering defeats in the final and round of 16. "We worked hard and got the reward. We were good. Credit to Paris Saint-Germain."

Both Lyon and Paris will again be in Europe next season and Lair added: "With Paris at that level, I think a new era is beginning for French women's football. They have invested a lot and they are not alone. We'll have a much more consistent league in the coming years."

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