PSG, reduced to 10, beaten by Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals
Paris Saint-Germain, reduced to ten for more than thirty minutes and after having dominated, lost against Wolfsburg (1-0) on Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Women’s Champions League, in a sparsely furnished Parc des Princes but quite noisy. The situation is getting more complicated for the Parisiennes, who will have to win in Germany next Thursday to access the last four of the competition, which they have reached for the last three years (2020, 2021, 2022).
Reduced to ten per hour of play, due to a hand in the box from French defender Elisa De Almeida, warned for the second time in the match, the Parisiennes conceded a penalty. In front of the 18,000 Parisian supporters including ultra noisy and against the course of the game, Dominique Janssen converted the penalty, whistled after viewing the VAR, with a low shot which took Sarah Bouhaddi on the wrong foot (62) .
Just before, a penalty canceled by the VAR had been whistled in favor of PSG: the left side Sakina Karchaoui, inflicted at full speed, had been canceled by the knee of Marina Hegering and the English referee ruled that there was no was no fault after reviewing the footage of the action. Despite the numerical inferiority, the partners of captain Grace Geyoro, qualified for the final of the Coupe de France and current second in the Championship, were the first in the duels and kept their foot on the ball, without obtaining real occasions.
PSG’s last defeat dates back to December 22, 2022 in the Champions League against Chelsea (0-3). Since then, Paris remained on nine matches without defeat. Announced absent, the star of the German team, midfielder Lena Oberdorf played almost the entire match, without weighing too much, just like the other German star, striker Alexandra Popp, who was well taken by the Parisiennes.
The defending champions Lyonnaises also lost on Wednesday (1-0) to the Chelsea Blues, who defeated PSG in the group stage (1-0 and 3-0). On Tuesday evening, Barcelona, who won 1-0 in Rome, and Bayern, who won by the same score at home against Arsenal, took a small option on qualification.