Padraig Whelan·22 March 2023
Padraig Whelan·22 March 2023
There were two more Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clashes on Wednesday night and this is what went down.
Scorers: Janssen (PEN) 62′
Wolfsburg took a big step towards the semi-finals with a narrow win over 10-player PSG at the Parc des Princes.
PSG were given a big early let off when the tournament’s top scorer this season Ewa Pajor passed up a big chance after capitalising on a defensive mix-up, a last ditch block denying her the chance to add to that tally.
A VAR check then followed for a Wolfsburg penalty which was correctly not given before the end of a low-key opening half in the French capital.
But VAR wouldn’t quite be so forgiving with two big second half decisions which potentially turned the tie against PSG, who were first awarded a penalty after Sarina Karchaoui went down in the area, only for technology to see that decision overturned.
Things got even worse after an hour when they were then penalised at the other end after another VAR check for a handball in the area following a corner which also rather harshly saw Élisa de Almeida sent off for a second yellow card.
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From the spot, Dominique Janssen kept her cool to wrongfoot the goalkeeper and rolled home with an ice-cool penalty for the winner.
The result leaves all of the quarter-final ties neatly poised ahead of the second legs next week – with each of them ending in 1-0 victories.
Scorers: Reiten 28′
Women’s Champions League holders Lyon will have to do things the hard way if they are to retain their title after they were beaten at home by Chelsea.
The visitors netted the only goal of the game shortly before the half-hour mark through Guro Reiten when she was picked out by a fine pass from Erin Cuthbert and curled into the far corner via the post for a fantastic opener.
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Only Sam Kerr has contributed to more Chelsea goals in the competition this season with six – Reiten getting her first goal to go with four assists for five direct involvements.
Within five minutes, they almost added to that advantage, only for Lauren James to see her strike come back off the post after cutting in off the right to fire an effort on goal.
Emma Hayes’ side then suffered more disappointment before half-time, albeit of a more severe kind, when they lost captain Millie Bright due to an injury.
And her replacement Magdalena Eriksson came close to gifting Lyon the leveller on the hour mark with a slack pass in her own penalty box which gifted the hosts possession but goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger bailed her out with a huge save to tip Delphine Cascarino’s effort onto the post.
That was as close as they came to a crucial equaliser, meaning they’ll have to pull off a comeback in London next Thursday if they are to keep their crown.