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Lille's Ludovic Obraniak: I wanted to shine in the French Cup final

Lille's Ludovic Obraniak: I wanted to shine in the French Cup final


The scorer of the only goal in the French Cup final has reacted to his achievement, which has given the side from the north-east their first trophy in more than 50 years

Lille midfielder Ludovic Obraniak, who scored the only goal in the Coupe de France final against PSG, has revealed that he was disappointed not to have started as he was eager to make his mark on the big occasion.

The Poland international midfielder brought the cup to the north east of France with a free-kick just a minute from the end of normal time having been summoned from the bench by coach Rudi Garcia.

"It is a great honour, it is the first [trophy] and it will no doubt be the best. It was not an easy match, both sides were committed and there were few goalscoring opportunities," he told French television after the game.

"I was disappointed not to start the final because I have done that the whole way through the season. I wanted to shine in this final."

Obraniak, who played for Metz before moving to Lille, admitted that he got lucky with his goal.

"I had a stroke of luck because the ball came down perfectly. I was able to strike it with power, it began at the far post and I hoped that someone would get a touch.

"I scored the same type of goal to win a game for Poland. This is magnificent for the supporters, who made the trip to see us lift the cup after waiting more than 50 years."

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