Lyon’s quest for a fifth consecutive Women’s Champions League title continues then they face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals on Wednesday at 8pm.
The Women’s Champions League is Lyon’s competition, with the French club winning six in total, cementing their spot as one of the greatest clubs in footballing history. Some people believe Lyon are not the same side that won the past two Champions League finals courtesy of 4-1 scorelines, but the French side have still been tough to beat, seeing off Bayern Munich 2-1 in the quarter-finals. They also recently beat Wednesday’s opponents PSG in the French Cup final on penalties, after a close-fought game.
PSG quickly bounced back from that agonising defeat to knock out Women’s Super League side Arsenal, outplaying the English team for the large majority of the match. But now the question is whether they can get past their domestic rivals, becoming the first side to knock Lyon out of the Champions League since the PSG team of 2014/15.
Where to watch PSG vs Lyon on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: CBS All Access
Where to live stream PSG vs Lyon online:
*Fans will also be able to live stream the Uefa Women’s Champions League semi-final between Wolfsburg and Barcelona for free on UEFA.tv.
*Geo restrictions apply.
PSG & Lyon’s previous line-ups:
- PSG (vs Arsenal): Endler; Lawrence, Paredes, Dudek; Morroni, Diani, Däbritz, Nadim, Geyoro; Bachmann, Katoto.
- Lyon (vs Bayern Munich): Bouhaddi; Bronze, Buchanan, Renard, Majri; Henry, Kumagai, Marozsán; Cascarino, Parris, Le Sommer.
Neither side has any fresh injury doubts, but Lyon remain without Griedge Mbock Bathy, Jessica Silva and Ada Hegerberg.
Players to watch:
PSG: Marie Antoinette Katoto was the star of PSG’s win over Arsenal, continuing her growth in women’s football. The 21-year-old has gone under the radar of many women’s football fans, as they are drawn to the bigger names and stars. This carried over to the World Cup last year, with Katoto unselected by France despite showing signs of having something special.
Well, against Arsenal, she showed she definitely has that something. Katoto opened the scoring for PSG in the first half with a well-taken volley, getting onto the end of Nadia Nadim’s corner having lost marker Leah Williamson. She continued to be a threat throughout, particularly linking up well with strike partner Ramona Bachmann, who joined from Chelsea over the summer. And she had another role to play in PSG’s winner, capitalising on Katie McCabe’s error – via Kadidiatou Diani’s tackle – to lay the ball to Signe Bruun. She will be key against women’s football’s final boss.
Lyon: In the absence of Ada Hegerberg due to injury, English forward Nikita Parris has stepped up for Lyon. The former Manchester City player, who won the Football Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2018, joined Lyon last summer and has continued her fine form – albeit with less recognition in England. Speaking in March, Parris admitted her frustration that the performances she was putting in in France were going unnoticed on home soil.
She said: “I feel like when you’re playing outside of the English league, nothing really gets said about you. When you’re doing well and performing for your team, regardless of where your team is based, I feel like you should be spoken about.
“Even Lucy Bronze only ever gets mentioned when she’s winning an award, the story about what she achieved to get there isn’t being told.”
Against Bayern she reminded those England fans exactly what she is capable of, opening the scoring for Lyon with a brave header just before half-time – getting clatter by goalkeeper Laura Benkarth for her troubles. It was a goal that perfectly summed up Parris as a player, with bravery and fight – not to mention bundles of quality – as she put her body on the line for her team.