Women's Football

Lyon edge out PSG in first leg of Women's Champions League semi-final

Jamie Spencer
Lyon were the victors over PSG in their Women's Champions League semi-final first leg
Lyon were the victors over PSG in their Women's Champions League semi-final first leg / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Lyon will have a narrow advantage over domestic rivals Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final, following a 3-2 first leg win on Sunday night.

The seven-time European champions had to come from behind to win the game in front of nearly 23,000 fans at the Groupama Stadium.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto put PSG ahead only a few minutes into the contest, threatening an early repeat of last season when Les Parisiennes ended Lyon’s unprecedented Champions League dominance by knocking them out in the quarter-finals.

But centre-back Wendie Renard put Lyon back on level terms midway through the first half, before a brace from USWNT forward Catarina Macario either side of half-time put them 3-1 up on aggregate.

PSG did cut into that deficit just before the hour mark when Paulina Dudek scored from the penalty spot and ensure it will be all to play for in the second leg next Saturday evening.

The other semi-final tie between reigning champions Barcelona and two-time former winners Wolfsburg was considerably more one-sided.

Barça blitzed the German giants in front of what was another world record crowd in excess of 91,000 at a sold-out Camp Nou. It is now all but certain that whoever wins the all-French semi-final will be facing the mighty Catalans in the final in Turin on 21 May.

PSG also broke Lyon’s domestic dominance in France last season, but trail by five points in the current Division 1 Feminine table with only three games left to play.

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