Jean-Pierre Thiesset was pitch-side for Impetus at the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Semi-Final First Leg tie between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St. Germain. He reviews the action in words and EXCLUSIVE photos (24/4/22).
Above: Olympique Lyonnais jump for joy after Wendie Renard (far right) puts them 1-0 up in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Semi-Final. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.
Olympique Lyonnais won 3-2 at home against Paris Saint-Germain in front of 22,774 fans at the Groupama Stadium.
Lyon and PSG showed that they were two good teams that are well suited to participate in the Final in Turin next May. As might well be expected, the game was even with all the players more than up for it.
PSG scored first thanks to Marie-Antoinette Katoto who dribbled past Wendie Renard and put the ball in the net to the right of Christiane Endler, Lyon’s goalkeeper. Scores were level when Lyon were awarded a penalty when Melvine Malard was fouled by Barbora Votikova the Paris SG goalkeeper, in the 23rd minute. Wendie Renard scored.
Ten minutes later, Catarina Macario scored after a pass from Ada Hegerberg and Lyon took the lead.
The second half followed the same process as the first. Yet it was Lyon who extended their lead as Macario made it 3-1 after a huge mistake and misunderstanding between Votikova and one of her defenders.
Paris St. Germain got a lifeline with a penalty just before the hour mark after Melvine Malard handled the ball. Paulina Dudek scored despite Endler’s best efforts to repel her effort.