France: Marseille claim Super Cup on penalties (+video)
In front of 57,000 fans at the Stade 7 Novembre in Tunis old foes Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint Germain contested the Trophée des Champions, the French domestic Super Cup competition, and it was the league champions from Marseille who edged it thanks to a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0-0 in what was an uninspiring contest. After the 2009 edition of this trophy was played in Montreal, Canada the French Football Federation had decided to keep the show on the road and it was played in the Tunisian capital in front of a crowd who seemed to be routing for l’OM to win. PSG’s Péguy Luyindula missed the first penalty of the shoot out but parity was restored when Lucho González missed Marseille’s third kick of the series. However their angst at missing that penalty wouldn’t last so long as Ludovic Giuly missed the final kick for the Parisiens allowing Édouard Cissé, a former PSG player, to tuck home the winning spot kick for the Marseillais and secure the Super Cup outright for the first time in their proud history. The only other occasion OM had triumphed in this competition was back in 1971 after they shared the trophy with Stade Rennais following a drawn contest.
WATCH THE PENALTY SHOOT OUT HERE:
WATCH THE TROPHY PRESENTATION HERE: