By TRUNG LATIEULE
2014-04-20 06:01 AM
PARIS (AP) -- Edinson Cavani scored twice to fire Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-1 win over Lyon in the French League Cup final on Saturday.
PSG won a record fourth League Cup, one more than Marseille and Bordeaux.
Cavani outpaced the Lyon defense to poke home a clipped pass from Maxwell in the fourth minute. The Uruguay forward doubled the lead by converting a penalty in the 33rd after goalkeeper Anthony Lopes fouled winger Lucas Moura.
Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette scored a consolation goal with a long-range strike in the 56th.
PSG was the overwhelming favorite despite missing Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic through injury. The Parisian club tops the French league with a 10-point lead with five rounds left. Lyon sits in fifth place and is fighting for a European spot.
PSG caught Lyon off guard by converting its first scoring chance when Maxwell charged down the left flank to play a one-two with Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Brazilian leftback beat Lopes to the ball to feed Cavani for the opener.
Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis came close to equalizing twice. He took a pass from Lacazette in the sixth minute but could fire only into the side-netting. Gomis then met a corner from Arnold Mvuemba in the 10th but sent his header straight into the arms of goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez.
Cavani has struggled in the lone striker role since Ibrahimovic's hamstring injury. He showed again that inconsistency on Saturday. He first beat the offside trap in the 11th to be clean through on goal but a poor touch allowed Lopes to gather the ball. Cavani then forced Lopes to make an outstanding save with a volley from 25 yards in the 14th.
Some poor decision-making from Lopes in the 31st gifted PSG a second goal. The goalie came off his line to challenge Lucas in the air for a long ball from Thiago Silva. Lopes was a split second late and brought Lucas down. Cavani scored the subsequent penalty with a powerful strike into the bottom corner.
An unmarked Cavani nearly added a third goal after a mazy run from Lucas in the 36th, but he blazed over the bar from 13 yards.
Lacazette capitalized on a counterattack to restore some hope for Lyon in the second half, skipping past rightback Christophe Jallet to cut PSG's lead with a low diagonal drive from the edge of the box.
Lacazette then played Nabil Fekir in but the Lyon substitute missed the target from a tight angle in the 79th.