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PSG v Lyon: Women’s Champions League semi-final, second leg – live!


Half-time reading

Half time: Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Lyon (agg: 2-4)

Ada Hederberg’s expert header has given Lyon a two-goal cushion in this tie. There hasn’t been much in it but Lyon have been the slicker, more incisive team and deserve their lead.

45+2 min A poor corner from Bacha goes out of play beyond the far post.

45+1 min Two minutes of added time. Lyon have a corner, which Bacha will surely drop straight under the crossbar.

44 min Votikova is really struggling. If it was an outfield player you could wait until half-time, but when it’s the keeper it’s a huge risk to not replace her.

43 min The PSG keeper Votikova has a problem. I think she twisted her knee as she steadied herself in anticipation of Malard’s volley. She’s going to continue for now, though she is limping.

42 min: Another chance for Lyon! Macario (I think) lobs a pass over the defence to Malard, who barely makes contact with an attempted volley. It was a difficult ball to take, dropping over her shoulder, but she’ll still feel she should have done better.

40 min Another Lyon corner leads to a desperate scramble in the six-yard box. I have no idea how that stayed out. I think there might also have been a VAR check for handball; if so, nothing came of it.

37 min The first hint of a chance for PSG. Renard loses the ball in a dangerous area to Katoto, who crosses to Geyoro in the area. Her shot on the turn is smothered and then Lawrence drives the loose ball wide from the edge of the area.

35 min: Chance for Lyon! Macario finds a bit of space in the D and hits a shot that deflects behind off Dudek for Lyon’s first corner of the game. Bacha swings it beyond the far post towards Renard, whose looping header back across goal drops just wide.

33 min It feels like Lyon have the game under control at the moment. Though PSG have maintained a fast pace, they are struggling to create chances.

29 min PSG surely have to score the next goal. They have played pretty well, but Lyon look much more incisive.

25 min: Vital save from Votikova! Lyon should be out of sight. Cascarino ran straight through on goal and tried to go round Votikova, who dived at her feet to grab the ball. That was such a good chance. It was a fairly routine through ball, but the stretching Dudek couldn’t intercept and that left Cascarino one on one with Votikova.

24 min Dabritz’s corner is headed behind for another, PSG’s sixth of the game already. Dabritz’s inswinger clears everyone in the middle and bounces across to the far side of the field.

23 min PSG are starting to recover their composure and have won another corner.

19 min Goals change games, and now it’s Lyon who are on top. Cascarino runs Baltimore and lifts a deep cross towards Malard, who doesn’t connect properly with an overhead kick. Moments later Malard collects a loose ball on the edge of the area and drives straight at Votikova.

15 min PSG had been the better team, which will make that goal sting even more. The finish was fantastic but so was the cross from Selma Bacha. She didn’t just dump it into an area; she saw Hederberg’s movement and picked her out perfectly.

The goal came out of nothing. The left-back Bacha drove a deep, angled cross towards Hegerberg, who pulled away from Karchaoui and looped a superb header back across goal. Votikova, who was slightly off her line, had no chance. Majestic finishing.

GOAL! PSG 0-1 Lyon (agg: 2-4; Hegerberg 14)

Ada Hegerberg gives Lyon the lead with a fantastic header!

13 min Baltimore tries to wriggle away from Carpenter, who defends solidly.

10 min Lyon move the ball really neatly on the right, allowing the full-back Carpenter to charge into space. Her cross is cleared by Ilestedt.

7 min It’s been a really good start from PSG, with most of the game so far taking place in Lyon’s half.

4 min Geyoro breaks down the left, surges into the area and is well tackled by the covering Horan (I think). PSG have already had three or four corners.

3 min A PSG corner is cleared to the edge of the area, where Dabritz hits a first-time shot that is blocked. It’s been a lively start.

2 min There’s a lot of attention of the PSG keeper Barbora Votikova, who had a dreadful time in the first leg. And she almost gets in trouble again, dithering over a backpass and eventually having to lunge feet first at Macario to win the ball. Sheesh.

2 min “Hi Rob,” says Stewart Bowling. “The question is why wouldn’t you want to read the frantic stylings of some old bloke? I (and many others) certainly do!”

You say that now; let’s reassess the situation after, say, three minutes.

1 min Peep peep! PSG kick off from right to left.

There’s a sensational atmosphere at the Parc des Princes, with a record crowd expected. Here we go.

Anyone out there? I was hoping to be watching DAZN’s coverage by now, but all I’m looking at it is a screen telling me that coverage will begin six minutes ago.

Ah, here we go. It’s live!

I’m not sure about the rights in other countries, but you can watch this game live on YouTube in Britain and France. But why would you do that when you can read the frantic stylings of some old bloke watching it on your behalf?

Moving the Goalposts

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Team news

PSG are unchanged from the first leg, with Kheira Hamraoui still absent from the squad after her training-ground bust-up with Sandy Baltimore.

Lyon make one change: Griedge Mbock Bathy replaces Kadeisha Buchanan in defence.

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3) Votikova; Lawrence, Ilestedt, Dudek, Karchaoui; Fazer, Geyoro, Dabritz; Diani, Katoto, Baltimore.
Substitutes: Picaud, Voll, Luana, Bachmann, Ildhusoy, E Cascarino, Diallo, Huitema, Folquet, Khelifi, Le Guilly.

Lyon (4-2-3-1) Endler; Carpenter, Mbock Bathy, Renard, Bacha; Horan, Henry; D Cascarino, Macario, Malard; Hederberg.
Substitutes: Bouhaddi, Holmgren, Morroni, Le Sommer, Egurrola, Sombath, Buchanan, Cayman, Benyahia, Sylla.

Referee Rebecca Welch (England).

Preamble

Hello and welcome to the latest act in an epic Champions League rivalry. For the second time in the last decade, France’s finest are meeting for the third consecutive season. Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final in 2019-20; last season, PSG ended Lyon’s five-year reign as European champions and their 14-year monopoly of Division 1 Feminine.

Lyon look set to regain their domestic title this year, but today is all about earning the right to face Barcelona – who survived a scare against Wolfsburg in the other-semi-final – in Turin on 22 May. Last weekend’s first leg was a cracker, a topsy-turvy 3-2 win for Lyon, and this game is almost impossible to call.

Kick off 8pm BST, 9pm in Paris.





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