Paris SG brought down Lyon, five-time defending champion and undefeated in the Women’s Champions League since April 2017: the Parisiennes won (2-1) on the ground of the Lyonnaises in the quarter-finals second leg Sunday.
The Parisian coach Olivier Echouafni had not lied, the women of Paris Saint-Germain went to Lyon to qualify in the last four of the Champions League. And they achieved it by winning (2-1) in the return quarter-final. This is the third time in the history of the club that PSG has reached the semi-finals of the competition. Winner of the last five editions of the C1 and in favorable waivers after the first leg (1-0), the Lyonnaises fell on hungry Parisians.
Surprises from the outset, the daughters of Olivier Echouafni reacted perfectly in this match by dominating the match tactically and technically as they had done in the first leg, both in the Champions League and in women’s D1, by winning the battle of the game. Endlessly dangerous after the opening of the score of the Lyonnaises (4th), the Parisian team was rewarded by the goal of Geyoro (25th), essential to a dominating Parisian environment, whose strike came to lodge under the Bouhaddi bar.
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Paris dream breaker
PSG continued their domination and maintained the pressure without lowering the intensity, pushing their opponent to the fault. The Parisiennes took the advantage on a goal against his camp of Wendie Renard. Determined to keep their goal in advance, the Parisiennes defended this advantage, but not by suffering. On the contrary, they sought to score this third goal, that of chaos, which would have sealed their qualification.
Bouhaddi won a duel with Bachmann in the center (74th), before seeing the Parisiennes spoil a golden opportunity to worsen the mark (77th). Tiana Endler herself prevented the match from tipping over to the other side with a very nice save on a close range strike from Malard, receiving a ball deflected from the head by Wendie Renard, who could have found there an opportunity to redeem oneself.
But it was Paris Saint-Germain who turned the situation around this time around, despite the incomparable experience in this area of Olympique Lyonnais, whose state of form was uncertain after several days in isolation, in due to a Covid-19 cluster, undoubtedly weighed in the end result. PSG, which remained the last team to have taken OL out of the competition, is still the one that puts an end to its European dreams.
The men’s and women’s teams are thus qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League. If the men will challenge Manchester City, the women will face FC Barcelona.