Women’s Champions League: PSG sinks at Stamford Bridge and leaves first place in the group to Chelsea

Unbeaten in ten games following their defeat by Chelsea on October 20 (0-1), Women’s PSG saw their streak come to an abrupt end this Thursday, with another setback against the Blues for the final meeting of the group stage. Champions League, at Stamford Bridge (0-3). Already qualified before kick-off, the Parisiennes were totally overwhelmed by London’s intensity and have to settle for second place in the pool (they needed to win by two goals to go top). Paris will inevitably inherit a big quarter-final in the January 20 draw – FC Barcelona, ​​​​Wolfsburg or Arsenal – but avoid Olympique, the reigning European champions, who also finished second in their pool.

After two fantastic last weeks, marked by the feat in Lyon (1-0) to win the honorable title of autumn champion of D1 and the victory against Real Madrid (2-1) to confirm the qualification in the Champions League, the Parisians could not go the distance against Blues. Despite a good start and a shot on the 35 meter post from Kadidiatou Diani (14th), Gérard Prêcheur’s players gradually retreated against the English pressure.

De Almeida and Fazer in trouble

After three clear chances from Lauren James (20th, 30th, 35th) – sister of England international Reece James – two of which were saved by Sarah Bouhaddi, PSG yielded to the talented Sam Kerr. The Australian striker scored with a left-footed shot from 18 meters (his 5th goal in C1), after feeding Élisa De Almeida in the duel (42nd). The latter suffered a lot, as did the young midfielder Laurina Fazer, a little soft on the striking power.

Fazer made way for Kheira Hamraoui at the break and Gérard Prêcheur also brought on the ghostly Lieke Martens to launch Ramona Bachmann. But Chelsea kept control of the game and made the break on a rebound in the axis, which Bouhaddi missed, quickly exploited by James, on a decisive pass from Kerr (55th). James scored twice in stride, after a very good action (62nd), in a game that turned into a demonstration. Paris had never conceded three goals in a game this season, and had only conceded two in the first three days of the Champions League. The post found by Magnaba Folquet (72nd) did not allow Paris to save the glory, and Bethany England (86th), then Jelena Cankovic (90th + 3) even came close to the fourth goal.


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