Champions League: PSG concedes a draw (1-1) against FC Barcelona in the semi-final first leg

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The Parisiennes will have to score in the second leg to qualify for the final.

After taking out the Lyon ogres, five-time title holders in the quarter-finals, the Parisiennes stumbled against FC Barcelona this Sunday, April 25 in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League. In a particularly tough match, PSG conceded a draw (1-1) against Catalans in great shape, who remain on 24 wins in 24 league games.

If there was one player Paris Saint-Germain should be wary of before the start of the game, it was Jennifer Hermoso and her 32 goals in 29 games this season. The serial scorer confirmed from the start this Sunday, opening the scoring thanks to a volley on a cross from her teammate Aitana Bonmati, very lonely on her right side (13th). Against the course of the game, the Parisians quickly equalized (22nd) by a header from Alana Cook, which allowed the players of the capital to enter the match.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto certainly served Alana Cook by delivering the ball to equalize a header, but she also missed several opportunities. Before returning to the locker room, the PSG striker notably spoiled two big opportunities, one after the other, in a duel against the Catalan goalkeeper: one on the post (41st), the other totally unscrewed (42nd).

If the Parisiennes held, it is also thanks to the five crucial parades of their guardian, impeccable on the Spanish offensives. Before the equalizer, Christiane Endler had already avoided that the PSG does not take the water, by stopping two occasions in two minutes. She then continued in the second period by taking off to release a Catalan free kick (53 ‘). Barça players will also regret this huge missed opportunity from Asisat Oshoala (76th) who only had to push the ball into the Parisian goal, but who totally missed his shot.

With this draw (1-1), Paris Saint-Germain will have to score in Barcelona next Sunday to hope to qualify for the third C1 final in its history. The task will be difficult as Barca have not lost a single game at home for more than two years.

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