Lyon Success Sets Up Mouthwatering Final With Barcelona

Jean-Pierre Thiesset reviews the UWCL semi-final second leg Paris Saint-Germain against Olympique Lyonnais (2/5/22).

Above: Wendie Renard celebrates after clinching Olympique Lyonnais’ place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. Photo: OL Feminin.

Olympique Lyonnais won 2-1 away from home against Paris Saint-Germain to complete a 5-3 win on aggregate to set up a place in the final against FC Barcelona.

In front of 43,254 fans in the Parc des Princes, a record crowd for a game between two French women’s teams in France, Lyon put in a great performance to clinch their place in a tenth UEFA Women’s Champions League final on May 21 in Turin.

The game was dominated by Lyon even if it was Paris SG which had more of the ball with 62% of possession. Lyon stayed solid in midfield and defense, and were able to play their game providing several opportunities to their strikers (12 shots with four on target), while Paris SG created almost equally as well (11 shots with four on target).

Lyon opened the scoring after 14 minutes from the head of Ada Hegerberg after a perfect cross from Selma Bacha to lead 1-0 at halftime.

Above: Ellie Carpenter making a typical surging run in the Champions League Semi-Final Second Leg. Photo: OL Feminin.

After forcing a save from Christiane Endler in the Lyon goal, PSG came back to level after 62 minutes thanks to a goal from Marie-Antoinette Katoto. There was a confusing situation in the build-up in front of Lyon’s goal when Endler and Ellie Carpenter cleared a ball which finally came back to Katoto who put it in the net. PSG pressed and Endler needed to pull off another great save from Sakina Karchaoui at the 76th minute to prevent the hosts from taking the lead.

Then in the 83rd minute, Selma Bacha delivered another perfect ball on a free kick with her magic left foot to Wendie Renard who scored with a trademark header to put Lyon ahead once more on the night and complete the victory.

Goals for Lyon from Ada Hegerberg (14), Wendie Renard (83). Goal for Paris SG from Marie-Antoinette Katoto (62).

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