Like last year, Paris SG stopped in the semi-final of the Women’s Champions League, eliminated Sunday by FC Barcelona (2-1), which will play on May 16 in Gothenburg its second European final after its failure of 2019.
After the feat, disillusionment. The Parisiennes, falling for the quintuple title holders of Lyon in the quarterfinals, bowed to the double of the Dutch Lieke Martens (8th, 31st), despite the goal of Marie-Antoinette Katoto (34th) which gave 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 on 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 the Swedes in 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 taste again 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.
However, it was PSG who started the game the best: their players stepped on the ball and occupied the Catalan camp, leaving hope for the best … until the first goal of Martens (8th), who opened his right foot to catapult a ball served deep by Leila Ouahabi into the right top corner of Christine Endler, who hesitated 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 (31st).
The Parisians suffered against the Catalan wings, often found in the back of the defense. But the goal of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, well placed in the fall of a disputed ball in the box (34th), had the gift of giving them hope. The French international number 9 got the ball from the back of the net, then went up the field with an angry fist, haranguing her teammates. In vain. Despite the big opportunities of Ramona Bachmann (59th) or Sandy Baltimore (77th) in the second half, PSG never knew how to shake the nets of the impassable Sandra Panos a second time … while opposite, Jennifer Hermoso and Marta Torrejon shot after blow against the left post and the crossbar of the Parisian cages (70th), before the last big opportunity for Asisat Oshoala who stumbled on Endler in the 90th. It is therefore Barcelona that will offer themselves a golden opportunity to clinch their first European title on May 16 at the Gamla Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, in a necessarily unprecedented final against the winner of the other semi-final between Bayern Munich. and Chelsea.