Five days after their achievement in Lyon in the Championship (1-0), the Parisiennes confirmed their sparkling form on Friday night in the Champions League. Driven by their offensive Sandy Baltimore and Kadidiatou Diani, the players from the capital Real Madrid dominated (2-1) and qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition. PSG play first place in their group next Thursday against Chelsea.
An exciting ending to the game
In a polar cold, the Parisian supporters took part in an enthralling encounter between two teams driven towards the opposite goal. Parisiennes tried it first. Well served by Kadidiatou Diani, Sandy Baltimore touched the bar on Misa Rodriguez, the Madrid goalkeeper (5th). In the aftermath, Freja Siri Olofsson (6th) then Caroline Weir (7th) threw some chills into the Parisian defence. On the quarter mark, Élisa De Almeida released PSG. The defender cut a corner kick from Ramona Bachmann at the near post and lobbed the Spanish door, decisively ahead of Baltimore (33rd). The people of Madrid then tried to get back into the position through Toletti (35th), Weir (44th) and Del Castillo (48th). Without success. Above all, without success, Toletti and Del Castillo tripped over the bar on Bouhaddi, the PSG goalkeeper.
Diani finally protected his own (60th). After a mistake by Carmona in the Lawrence area, the French international fouled the Spanish goalkeeper from the penalty spot. Dominating Parisiennes was scared at the end of the match. Zornoza reduced the gap to Madrid (81st). In the process, Del Castillo missed the equalizing ball after a poor rejection from Ilestedt (83rd). Second to three points behind Chelsea, the Parisiennes will play for first place next Thursday against Chelsea.
Success eluded the meeting’s attackers. In all, the Spanish and French hit the insurgents five times. Sandy Baltimore, the Parisian right-winger, tripped twice on the crossbar of Misa Rodriguez, the Real Madrid goalkeeper.
Player: Diani unstoppable
Kadidiatou Diani, spearheading the Parisian attack, weighed down the Madrid defence. At the pass at the start of the game, especially to Sandy Baltimore (5th), then at the strike (33rd), without success. She finally scored her penalty on the hour mark, rewarding a touching performance. She could have doubled the effort (72nd, 78th) at the end of the game. That was without counting Misa Rodriguez, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper.