PSG - OL : OL to defend their crown against Wolfsburg! (0-1)
12'. Volley by Parris crashes off the foot of the post.
32'. Bronze's header is well captured by Endler.
34'. Bouhaddi saves.
38'. Stinging header by Gunnarsdottir passes just wide of the post.
66'. Geyoro is sent off for a second yellow card.
67'. Goal by Renard who heads home a free kick from Majri. 0-1.
75'. Parris sent off after a second booking.
One match to reach the final. This is how we could summarize what is at stake in this Women’s Champions League semifinal. In Spain, we had the chance to witness an all-French affair, the same as the Coupe de France final, between OL and PSG. This is the sixth time that the two French behemoths have met in the Women’s Champions League and PSG are the last to have eliminated OL from the competition (in the Round of 16 in 2014-15). Since then, Lyon have won all four tournaments, notably taking their revenge against PSG in the final in 2017. To continue this momentum, Jean-Luc Vasseur decided to change the eleven who had eliminated Bayern by bringing in Gunnarsdottir and Karchaoui, authors of good appearances off the bench on Saturday, instead of Henry and Le Sommer.
From kick-off at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, it was a fast-paced match, one where space was sorely lacking. The first quarter hour felt like a round of observation between two teams who know each other better than anyone. However, Lyon were gradually gaining the upper hand and building up their attacking play. More enterprising, OL were more dangerous but were lacking in their final moves. Their opponents started to push back after half an hour. The evening's referee then whistled half-time -- neither team had gained the upper hand.
In the second half, Lyon faced a more direct Parisian side. The match tightened greatly and the Parisians began to become more and more threatening around the area. Geyoro's red card provoked by Bronze was a godsend, especially as on the free kick that followed, OL were to make good on their domination thanks to a header from Renard. It was the turning point of the match. Because after this Lyon had control over the match. It was a clear domination but one that would last only a few minutes. In over-committing to a challenge, Parris was awarded a second yellow card. The two teams both at ten, we were then witnessing a disjointed end to the game. Jean-Luc Vasseur’s players flaunted their class by keeping the ball wonderfully from the Parisian rivals and the entry of Le Sommer helped perfectly in this register. Despite Paris’s last valiant effort, OL held their ground and after a fierce battle, punched their ticket for a ninth Women's Champions League final, their fifth in a row. Lyon will now face Wolfsburg, against whom they lost the final in 2013 and then won those of 2016 and 2018. The final will hopefully be a story of even years for OL.
At Stade San Mamés, Bilbao.
UWCL (semifinal) : Paris Saint-Germain - OL 0-1 (0-0)
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova.
Goal: Renard (67') for OL.
Bookings : Nadim (18'), Geyoro (29', 66') for PSG. Parris (52') for OL.
Dismissals : Geyoro (66') for PSG. Parris (75') for OL.
PSG : Endler - Lawrence, Paredes (cap.), Dudek, Morroni - Dabritz, Geyoro - Diani, Bachmann (Formiga, 67'), Nadim (Baltimore, 54') (Bruun, 81') - Katoto. Manager: Olivier Echouafni.
OL : Bouhaddi - Bronze, Buchanan, Renard (cap.), Karchaoui (Bacha, 73') - Gunnarsdottir, Marozsan (van de Sanden, 87'), Kumagai - Cascarino (Le Sommer, 77'), Parris, Majri. Manager: Jean-Luc Vasseur.