Lyon and PSG Set Up Last Four Champions League Clash

Jean-Pierre Thiesset was pitchside for Impetus at the UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarter-Final matches between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus. He reviews that match in words and EXCLUSIVE photos and rounds up the action between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich (3/4/22).

Above: Ada Hegerberg puts Lyon ahead with a header from Selma Bacha’s cross against Juventus. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais both made it through to the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals and will play against each other for a place in the final.

Olympique Lyonnais qualified with an aggregate score of 4-3 against Juventus. After losing 2-1 away from home in the first leg on March 23 despite dominating the possession (60%), Lyon came back stronger and efficiently in the second leg on March 31st and won 3-1 at home in front of a crowd of 20,017 people. Lyon started well and put a lot of pressure on Juventus players and without a great performance by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Juventus goalkeeper and ex Lyon player, Lyon could have scored several goals at the beginning of the game.

Above: Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus players line up pre-game wearing blue and yellow jackets in support of Ukraine. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

After a nervy moment at the 23rd minute where Selma Bacha was called upon to make a great block to prevent Juventus from opening the scoring, the home side pushed again and scored twice within two minutes just after the half hour.

Above: Melvine Malard’s header from Lindsey Horan’s cross puts Lyon 2-0 up on the night. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Lyon continued to push and delivered a very good performance, not giving Juventus the opportunity to come back. The second half was like the first one with Lyon in charge and more great saves from Peyraud-Magnin who kept her team in the game. Then, with 73 minutes played, Catarina Maccario scored the third goal for Lyon. After this third goal, Lyon continued to dominate even if Juventus still tried to come back and scored at the 84th minute. To be noted was the great performance of Lindsey Horan for her start for Lyon. She was everywhere on the field, giving a decisive passe and helping also her teammates to defend. Goals for Lyon from Ada Hegerberg (33), Melvine Malard (35), Catarina Maccario (73). Goal for Juventus from Andrea Staskova (84).

Above: Catarina Maccario’s great right-foot shot makes it 3-0 for Lyon after 73 minutes. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win against Bayern Munich. After winning 2-1 away from home in the first leg on March 22 in an equal match, Paris SG thought that the most difficult part was done but Bayern Munich players came to Paris for the second leg on March 30 with more desire to qualify and almost did it in front of a crowd of 27,262 people.

Bayern Munich caused a lot of problems to PSG and dominated with 63% possession. The home side made a lot of errors, and, in my opinion, Bayern Munich would have deserved to progress to the last four. Matters were not decided until eight minutes from the end of extra-time when former Chelsea star Ramona Bachmann scored the decisive goal. Goals for Paris SG from Sandy Baltimore (17), Ramona Bachmann (112). Goals for Bayern Munich from Saki Kumagai (19), Lea Schüller (54).

Above: Lindsey Horan in action during the Lyon v Juventus Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg tie.
Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

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