OL-Brondby: Malard makes the difference for OL (2-0)
5'. Christiansen hits the bar on a free kick from the edge of the area.
21'. After being picked out in the area, Macario misses with her volleyed effort.
23'. Karchaoui's header is claimed by the visitors' goalkeeper.
30'. Majri crosses for Parris at the first post to beat Bahrengerer. 1-0
36'. Macario tries her luck from outside the area, but her effort doesn't trouble the Brondby goalkeeper.
63'. Sara Björk hits a curling shot from 20 meters, it's not powerful enough to be dangerous.
70'. Found in space close to goal, Le Sommer can't get her header on target.
71'. Amel Majri hits the crossbar with a superb curling shot.
90 + 1'. Malard forces the goalkeeper into a fine save.
90 + 2'. Malard is picked out by Cayman and finishes into an empty goal. 2-0
The match could have looked much different from the fourth minute if Christiansen had not hit the bar on a free kick. It would, however, be the only time Brondby were dangerous in the first half. OL dominated by a large margin and had plenty of opportunities, facing a courageous Danish side that tirelessly repelled the hosts' attacks. At least that was the case until the 30th minute when Nikita Parris opened the scoring with a fine header. OL kept up their attack, but come halftime had to be content with a single goal.
Dominant throughout, the players of Jean-Luc Vasseur continued to put pressure on the opposing goal in the second half, and were only lacking in their final pass. The entries of Gunnarsdottir and Le Sommer allowed the team a new impetus. But neither the Icelandic nor Majri, who saw her shot crash off the bar could do anything to double the lead. The second goal ultimately had to wait until the last minute, with Melvine Malard scoring a poacher's finish to double the lead and make good on Lyon's domination, some thing which augurs well for the second leg of the tie
At OL Stadium, Décines
UWCL (Round of 16 first leg): OL - Brondby 2-0 (1-0)
Referee: Henrikke Nervik. Attendance: Behind closed doors
Goals: Parris (30') and Malard (90+2') for OL.
Bookings: Renard (4') for OL.
OL: Bouhaddi - Carpenter, Buchanan, Renard, Bacha (Sara Björk, 60') - Kumagai (Damaris, 75'), Marozsan (Cayman, 83'), Majri - Parris (Malard, 75'), Karchaoui, Macario (Le Sommer, 60'). Manager: Jean-Luc Vasseur.
Brondby : Bahrenscheer - Eslund, Sunde, Kildemoes, Pleirdrup - Nielsen, Hasbo, Winnem, Gelj - Winther (Lindhardt 56'), Christiansen. Manager: Per Nielsen.
🔚 En remportant ce 8e de finale aller d’@UWCL 2 buts à 0 face à Brondby IF, nos Lyonnaises prennent un léger avantage dans cette double confrontation avant le match retour ! 👊🔴🔵— OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) March 4, 2021
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