Goals from Champions League report scorer Ada Hegerberg and membership captain Wendie Renard earned Lyon a 2-1 win in a feisty semi-final second leg with Paris Saint Germain and arrange a mouth-watering last with reigning champions Barcelona in Turin.
In entrance of a report crowd of 43,255 for a ladies’s home sport in France, Hegerberg headed the visiting group forward earlier than Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s second half leveller drew PSG to inside a objective of Lyon over two legs and arrange a tense last half-hour. However, Renard rose highest to go dwelling and restore Lyon’s two-goal benefit.
On an evening when Barcelona suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg, their first loss in 45 video games, to progress to the ultimate in Turin with a 5-3 mixture win, 500 miles to the west Lyon had been making an announcement.
There has been a lot discuss of the brand new Spanish queens of Europe, and it has not gone unnoticed in France.
“There was women’s football before Barcelona, and it was played here for years,” a considerably pissed off Hegerberg had informed L’Equipe wryly earlier this month. “We have to win again to regain our place in world football. We have the chance to do it this season. We have never lost against Barcelona.”
Having come from behind to earn a 3-2 dwelling win final weekend, the seven-time European champions had been decidedly unfazed by the present being placed on for them by the Paris ultras who, with tifos, flares and drummers, bounced always behind the objective their group had been attacking within the first half.
Yes, Lyon light final season, failing to succeed in the Champions League last for less than the third time in 10 years after profitable the distinguished cup competitors for 5 seasons in a row. However, they had been a group in transition, with a excessive participant turnover and the absence of the competitors’s report objective scorer for a lot of the season, attributable to an ACL harm, hampering their campaigns domestically in addition to halting their march on the continent.
It was becoming then that after a considerably scrappy opening interval it might be Hegerberg that might prolong the visiting group’s lead within the tie to 2, rising above Sakina Karchaoui to ship a header looping over goalkeeper Barbora Votikova and into the nook. The Norwegian striker wheeled away, cupping her ear in the direction of the Paris trustworthy but in addition, little question, to the Catalans.
They ought to have had a second when Dephine Cascarino discovered herself one-on-one with Votikova however the Czech keeper gathered the ball because the hesitant winger tried to around her.
PSG’s fanbase might have mobilised, however chaos within the dressing room has impacted the group’s season and each legs of the Champions League semi-final. Midfielder Kheira Hamraoui was overwhelmed with iron bars by masked males in November earlier than her affair with Eric Abidal was found by French investigators and she or he was once more within the headlines of the French press once more forward of the primary leg two weeks in the past for an altercation with teammate Sandy Baltimore in coaching.
As a outcome, the French midfielder was absent for the primary leg, with 18-year-old Laurina Fazer performing nicely in her place and never included within the squad for the return fixture.
With Fazer struggling this time and PSG seeking to shut a two-goal hole, the younger participant was swapped at half-time for the extra skilled legs of former Chelsea ahead Ramona Bachmann.
There was extra depth to PSG within the second half, Sara Dabritz compelled a positive save from Endler simply earlier than the hour mark. She would pull off a sensible double save from Kadidiatou Diani and Baltimore shortly after however couldn’t cease Katato from hammering within the rebound.
The menace of the house group continued to develop, however as they grew in confidence the Parisian aspect left house on the again. In the 83rd minute Selma Bacha’s free-kick from the appropriate was swung in the direction of towering Lyon centre-back Wendie Renard and the captain despatched her header confidently previous substitute keeper Charlotte Voll, on at half-time rather than injured Votikova, to seal victory.