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Ligue 1 winners Lille defeat PSG to lift Trophee des Champions for first time

Lille midfielder Xeka settled a tight contest in Tel Aviv with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area, beating PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas just before halftime.

By: AP | Tel Aviv |
August 2, 2021 7:39:08 am
Lille's Reinildo Mandava celebrates winning the Trophee des Champions with his teammates. (Reuters)

Portuguese midfielder Xeka scored the only goal as French champion Lille beat Cup winner Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the Champions Trophy.

The win on Sunday gives Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec a trophy in his first game since replacing Christophe Galtier.

Galtier guided Lille to one of the biggest upsets in French soccer but then left to join Nice, with Gourvennec taking over at Lille in the offseason and helping the northern club win the trophy for the first time.

Xeka settled a tight game in Tel Aviv with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area that beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas and found the top corner just before halftime.

Lille beat and drew against PSG last season without conceding a goal, and kept another clean sheet this time despite selling France backup goalkeeper Mike Maignan to AC Milan.

The French league begins on Friday.

PSG visits promoted Troyes on Saturday and Lille is at Metz on Sunday.

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