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PSG end Lyon’s 5-year domination, Lyon – PSG, 1-2

Paris SG pulled off a sensational comeback and overturned the first leg defeat into the biggest club’s success in the history. A goal from Geyoro and own goal from Renard were enough for Parisians to advance on away goals. Lyon – PSG, 1-2

Lyon got the first leg win and scored the opener on yesterday’s game, but that was not enough since Parisians scored 2 in an away leg. The loss ended Lyon’s 5-year reign in the European football. The most successful team of all time was the European champion for the last 1788 days, but that amazing series has come to an end yesterday.

1st half

At the beginning, no one could have predicted the final outcome, especially after the first goal, which put Lyon in the lead already in the 4th minute. Delphine Cascarino sent in a low centre and Catarina Macario broke the deadlock. Macario, who was a tactical surprise from Jean-Luc Vasseur, justified the trust from Lyon’s coach. The conceded goal woke up the Parisians who became more aggressive started looking for a comeback. They were close in the 8th minute, when Sara Däbritz hit the woodwork, while Kadidiatou Diani and Marie-Antoinette Katoto headers lacked some accuracy. In the 25th minute, Grace Geyoro was first to the rebound after Kadeisha Buchanan’s challenge and managed to equalize with a shot to the top corner. The PSG was now just a goal away from the semi-final. Both teams pulled themselves back and there was no more real action in the 1st half.

2nd half

The history was not on PSG’s side since Lyon conceded more than once just two times in the last 38 Champions League games. Parisians continued to press forward, looking for a tie-winning goal. They got it in 61st minute! Credit Diani sent a cross to the near post. Wendie Renard, surrounded by PSG attackers, stretched but just enough to divert the cross past her own goalkeeper. Very unfortunate for the central defender who was the only scorer in the 1st leg. The holder suddenly found themselves trailing but still had 30 minutes for another comeback. But PSG kept going with “attack is the best form of defence” in their mind and were the more dangerous team despite the lead. Ramona Bachmann had the chance to settle the tie in a one-on-one situation with Sarah Bouhaddi, but the keeper came out on top. Melvine Malard had the last effort in the 93rd minute but Christiane Endler saved the PSG and send them through to the semis.

In one of the most spectacular ties in the Women’s Champions League, Paris have pulled off one of the most remarkable comebacks in UWCL to knock out the holders and 7-time winners, Lyon. After 5 years, we will get a new Women’s Champions League champion. For PSG to become that, they will first have to beat Barcelona in the semi-final which will already take place on Sunday, 25th of April.

Reactions

“Extremely disappointed. The girls gave everything. There were too many little things missing. Games against Paris are always tough. We started well but progressively dropped back – we lacked energy. We knew the 1-0 lead in the first leg wouldn’t be enough. There’s no logic in football. We just shouldn’t have conceded the second goal – that’s all. Is this the turning of a page? No. We’ve been missing Ada Hegerberg and Griedge M’Bock Bathy for nearly a year. Our preparations were difficult. This was disappointing, but we have to turn to the league.” – Jean-Luc Vasseur, Lyon’s head coach

“It was a great performance form the girls and we have to congratulate them. They’ve been rewarded for their work. The start of the game was complicated, but they showed a lot of strength of character to come back. The qualification was merited over the two legs. We didn’t panic [after the early goal]. The girls never doubted. They knew they hadn’t started well, that’s all. The goal we scored was from perhaps out hardest chance to put away, but that gave us a lot of confidence. We continue to grow and add maturity. It’s only the second time we’ve knocked out Lyon in Europe, so to say we’ve moved ahead of them… no. We needed a save from Christiane Endler right at the end. Otherwise, we would have been knocked out. Games between the teams are always tight.” – Olivier Echouafni, Paris’ head coach

Score

Olympique Lyon – Paris SG 1-2 (1-1) agg. 2-2 / PSG win on away goals

Scorers: 4′ Catarina Macario (L), 24′ Grace Geyoro (P), 61′ Wendie Renard (P) og
Yellow cards: 65′ Perle Morroni (P), 73′ Amandine Henry (L), 90+1′ Selma Bacha (L)

1st leg

Paris SG – Olympique Lyon 0-1 (0-0) 
Scorers: 86′ Wendie Renard (L) pen
Yellow cards: 7′ Amel Majri (L), 47′ Irene Paredes (P), 90+2′ Signe Bruun (P), 90+4′ Sakina Karchaoui (L)

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