Barcelona have come away with a priceless away point to PSG as both drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Sunday. Alana Cook scored a vital equaliser for the Spaniards after Jenni Hermoso’s opener gave Paris the lead to tie it up for the second leg
The two sides are looking for their first Champions League win. Lyon got knocked out in the last round by PSG. The French club have won the competition for the last 5 years.
First half Barcelona and PSG remain even
Barcelona had already set itself up for victory with 31 out of 35 games won this season. The first half
was all that was needed to determine the draw as the second half of the game both teams played
magnificently yet, were unable to defeat the other.
A headed goal by Barcelona’s Hermoso gave the Spaniards the lead, but the United States defender Alana Cook replied for Paris Saint Germain.
Both Hermoso and Cook attempted to gain further goals throughout the first half but were
unsuccessful. Hermoso went off injured as her ankle and could be a doubt for next weekend’s second leg.
Marie Antoinette Kototo had two glorious opportunities in the second half to finish off the match for
PSG, unfortunately missing both chances. This was shocking as she has a record of 18 goals in her
previous 13 home matches.
Although most of the match was an exhilarating back and forth between the two teams, the
standout performances emerged from the goalkeepers. Christian Endler was a fantastic example of
the imposing and athletic abilities of a female goalkeeper. She saved two consecutive goals in the
first half for PSG and, was able to prevent any further goals being made in the latter half as well,
thwarting off Oshoalla.
It remains to be seen who will take home the final victory as the next match is held on the upcoming
Sunday 2nd May.
The second leg will take place Johan Cruyff stadium in Barcelona on May 2nd.
Chelsea lost to Bayern Munich in the other Champions League semi-final first leg, but scored vital away goal.