Convincing Champions League Wins For Top Two Ahead of D1 “Decider”

Jean-Pierre Thiesset reports on the last game from the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of sixteen between Paris Saint Germain and Sparta Prague and on the second leg game in Copehagen where Brondby hosted Lyon

Paris St. Germain 5–0 Sparta Prague on March 9, 2021:

This game was supposed to be played last week in Prague but was delayed due to Covid19 and the venues reversed. The return game will be on March 17 in the Czech Republic.

Paris St. Germain won 5-0 at home against Sparta Prague. The game was largely dominated by the D1 table toppers, who were never in difficulty. They played in a very focused and calm manner with a lot of opportunities to score in the game. Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Sandy Baltimore both played outstandingly. Katoto scored two goals and made one decisive pass despite playing only 61 minutes. Baltimore made three decisive passes in 71 minutes on the field.

Goals for Paris SG came from Marie-Antoinette Katoto (29 and 36) both with a header at the far post on a cross from Sandy Baltimore from the right side (the first with her right foot and the second with her left foot), Ramona Bachmann (56), Ashley Elizabeth Lawrence (66) on a free kick from Sandy Baltimore from the left side, and Luana (81).

Brondby 1-3 Olympique Lyonnais on March 10, 2021:

Above: Action from Olympique Lyonnais’ away win in Copenhagen against Brondby. Photo: Damien LG via @OLFeminin

After a less than convincing game in the first leg, Lyon performed much better and were able to win 3-1 against Brondby away from home (5-1 on aggregate). Even if Brondby scored first on a counter attack where Selma Bacha sprained her left ankle, Lyon dominated the game and were never really in danger during this game. For her first full game in UEFA Women Champions League with Lyon, Damaris Egurrola produced a very promising performance. It was less convincing from Catarina Macario, who played the second half and showed how much she needs to progress to adapt to the level of her teammates and UWCL games.

Brondby’s goal came from Nanna Christiansen (11). Goals for Lyon from Nikita Parris (32) on a cross from Sakina Karchaoui from the left side, Melvine Malard (42), and Wendie Renard (50) from the  penalty spot after a foul on Amel Majri.

Paris St. Germain’s performance against Sparta Prague was very convincing ahead of what should be D1 Arkema championship decider against Lyon, which will take place in the Groupama Stadium at Lyon on Saturday March 13 at 9:00 pm local time. Furthermore, they will have one more day of rest than Lyon. However, Lyon performed a lot better in the second leg of their tie against Brondby and managed to rest several of its players such as Ellie Carpenter and Eugénie Le Sommer, who did not play at all, plus Delphine Cascarino who played only the first half and Amandine Henry who played only 15 minutes. This decider will be very interesting.

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