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Parisiennes fall in Barcelona, ​​at the gates of the final

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The Parisiennes were eliminated at the gates of the final of the Women’s Champions League, losing Sunday 2-1 in the semi-final second leg to Barcelona, ​​who will play on May 16 in Gothenburg their second European final after their failure in 2019 .

Like last year, Paris SG stopped in the semi-final of the Women’s Champions League, eliminated 2-1, Sunday, May 2, by FC Barcelona, ​​who will play on May 16 in Gothenburg their second European final against to Chelsea, who eliminated Bayern Munich 4-1 on Saturday (2-1 defeat in the first leg).

After the feat, disillusionment: the Parisiennes, falling in quarters of the quintuple Lyonnaises holding the title, bowed to the double of the Dutch Lieke Martens (8e, 31e), despite the goal of Marie-Antoinette Katoto (34e) which gave back vain hope to the players of Olivier Echouafni after the 1-1 draw conceded in the first leg.

Since in the other semi-final, Chelsea faced Bayern Munich, Sunday at midday, the 2021 final of the Women’s Champions League will be the second in history without a French club: that of 2014 won by the Germans of Wolfsburg against Sweden’s Tyresö was so far the first and only one played without a French team since the former UEFA Women’s Cup was renamed the Women’s Champions League in 2009-2010.

And the Parisians will have to wait to regain a continental final. After the losses of 2015 in Berlin against Frankfurt (2-1) and of 2017 in Cardiff against Lyon on penalties (0-0 ap, 7-6 tab), it is a new European failure for the women’s team of PSG.

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However, it was PSG who started the game the best. His players put their foot on the ball and occupied the Catalan camp, leaving hope for the best … Until Martens’ first goal (8e), who opened her right foot to catapult a ball served deep by Leila Ouahabi into Christine Endler’s right skylight, hesitant to go up before retreating late.

The Dutch striker doubled the bet twenty minutes later, after a good job from Caroline Graham Hansen on the right wing, who ended up finding the flat left foot of Martens at the far post (31e).

The Parisiennes suffered against the Catalan wings, often found in the back of the defense. But the goal of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, well placed after the fall of a disputed ball in the area (34e), had the gift of giving them hope. The French international n ° 9 went to get the ball at the back of the net, then went up the field with an angry fist, haranguing her teammates.

In vain. Despite the great opportunities of Ramona Bachmann (59e) or Sandy Baltimore (77e) in the second period, PSG never knew how to shake the nets of the impassable Sandra Panos a second time … While in front, Jennifer Hermoso and Marta Torrejon hit back on the left post and the crossbar of the Parisian cages (70e), before the last big opportunity of Asisat Oshoala who stumbled on Endler in the 90e.

It is therefore Barcelona that will offer themselves a golden opportunity to win their first European title, on May 16 at the Gamla Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, in a final against Chelsea.

With AFP


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