In the semi-final first leg of the Women’s Champions League on Sunday afternoon, PSG conceded a draw at home (1-1) against the catchy Barcelona.
Struggled by a restless Barça, PSG conceded a draw at home (1-1), in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, this Sunday. Handicapped by the absence of Kadidiatou Diani, the Parisiennes suffered in the game and could have bowed without a great performance from their goalkeeper, Christiane Endler. It will be necessary to go to seek the final in Catalonia, next Sunday (12h), on the occasion of the return match.
The Barcelona struck the first, in a very balanced first half where the two teams surrendered blow for blow. Jennifer Hermoso, the Blaugrana serial scorer, opened the scoring following a good center Aitana Bonmati (0-1, 13th). The answer was not long in coming: from a header from a corner, Alana Cook, who replaced Diani in the starting XI, allowed the Parisians to pick up the score (1-1, 20th).
Two clear chances of Marie-Antoinette Katoto against, including a strike on the post (41st), then maintained the illusion of a Parisian victory, but the biggest opportunities were to be credited to the Blaugrana. Before the break, Olivier Echouafni’s players relied twice on Endler, who made two precious saves (34th, 35th) to maintain the draw before returning to the locker room.
Barça can blame himself
In the second half, the Barcelonans monopolized the ball, stifling their opponents with their pressing and went nowhere with a break twice. The first time, when the referee did not award them a penalty, after a ball elbowed by Irene Paredes (59th). The second, especially, when Asisat Oshoala, who had just returned to the game, missed the inevitable, alone at six-meters (77th).
In view of the face of the match, Oliver Echouafni, the PSG coach, seemed to be content with the result, calling on his players to “calm things down” at the end of the match. On paper, the result, with a goal outside the Catalans, is however unfavorable. The Parisiennes will have to put out the big game next Sunday on the Barcelona lawn if they want to play their third Champions League final, after those lost in 2015 and 2017.