Coupe de France Féminine: Lyon and Montpellier to play repeat of 2015 final

The holders will face last year's runners-up in the same match-up that we saw in last year's title-deciding clash.

Coupe de France Féminine: Lyon and Montpellier to play repeat of 2015 final
Lyon celebrate moving in the final. (Photo: Olympique Lyonnais)

The 2016 Coupe de France Féminine final will be a repeat of 2015's as Olympique Lyonnais and Montpellier face off for the trophy.

Lyon will go into the game searching for their record eighth win in the competition, while Montpellier will be after their fourth - the best anyone else has managed.

The former are the holders after winning last year's final 2-1 and a similar result this year would see them retain the title for a fifth season running after they hammered nine without reply past Rodez today in their semi-final.

Montpellier, on the other hand, head into the final arguably more ready for the challenge of Lyon than Lyon are ready for the challenge of La Paillade, having beat Paris Saint-Germain on penalties in their last four clash.

MHSC keep their cool in sudden death

Montpellier looked to have ruined their chance of a place in the final when they surrendered a 2-0 lead over PSG on Sunday, but the visitors could not go one further and take the lead, always giving their opposition a chance to recover.

Linda Sembrant and Marie-Charlotte Léger scored within less than 15 minutes of each other to put La Paillade two goals up just past the hour, but they were unable to hang on for the 28 minutes they needed to seal the win.

Marie-Laure Delie and Anja Mittag scored two goals in two minutes as we entered the final quarter of an hour to chalk off that advantage, and the game trickled into extra time.

After the two couldn't be separated there, a shoot-out was needed, and it seemed we'd have to wait a while to see a victor even then as we moved into sudden death.

However, PSG couldn't keep their composure and the hosts were able to emerge winners - 4-3 the final score on penalties.

Montpellier celebrate their dramatic win over PSG. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)
Montpellier celebrate their dramatic win over PSG. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)

Easy for the holders

While Montpellier were busy grafting their way into the final, Lyon cruised their in style with a massive 9-0 win over Rodez.

A hat-trick for Ada Hegerberg was almost customary given the scoreline, while Lotta Schelin also bagged a brace. It was a day that saw plenty of players get in on the act though, and goals would come for Griedge Mbock BathyCorine Petit, Élodie Thomis and Camille Abily.

Though they didn't have to work as hard as last year's runners-up, they were by no means complacent in a simply ruthless display.

Treble still on

With their win, Lyon head into the final few weeks of the season knowing that the treble is still well and truly on.

With them setting the pace in the Division 1 Féminine and looking almost a sure bet to retain that title, they are now also the favourites for this competition now and have made their way into the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League.

They've only managed the achievement once, that being back in the 2011-12 season, but it is certainly on this year too.

Montpellier, however, will be hoping to spoil the party. With a top two finish, and thus a Champions League spot, seemingly out of reach, this is a chance for them to really upset Lyon and secure some silverware for their efforts.