Women’s Champions League: the figures of the rivalry between PSG and OL

Eugenie Le Sommer and Nadia Nadim
Paris Saint-Germain host Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday March 24 at 6 p.m., as part of the quarter-finals first leg of the Women’s Champions League. The opportunity to come back to this rivalry in figures.

Unlike Olympique Lyonnais which has seven Champions League titles so five in a row, the capital club has no continental coronation. However, Paris Saint-Germain found themselves twice close to their goal. In 2015 and 2017, Formiga’s teammates lost in the final against Frankfurt and then Olympique Lyonnais. Against the Gones, they bowed on penalties (0-0, 7 tab to 6). On Wednesday, the Parisiennes will want to erase this painful memory and take an option on qualifying against their biggest rivals.

For thirteen years, the two teams have met on 41 occasions, in all competitions. And the results are largely in favor of the Lyonnaises. Les Gones have won twenty-two matches against five, only for Paris Saint-Germain. During the last clash between the two clubs, it was PSG who stood out by winning the match 1-0 thanks to a goal from Marie-Antoinette Katoto on November 20, 2020.

Paris Saint-Germain have only had one victory in Europe against Olympique Lyonnais. And this success must bring back good memories to the club of the capital. Thanks to a realization of Fatmire Alushi in the return match, PSG qualified for the first time in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League, on November 12, 2014. And then reached their first final in this competition, beaten by Frankfurt (2-1).

It is a real hegemony in France. Since 2006-2007, fourteen consecutive years, the Lyonnaises have won the title in women’s D1. And no team has managed to reach the level of Gones. This is particularly the case with Paris Saint-Germain, which stumbled over OL by finishing second in the last three seasons.

After years of pawing behind OL, Paris has its destiny in its hands to lift its first trophy in women’s D1. The capital club is first in the standings with one point more than Olympique Lyonnais seven days from the end of the championship. The meeting between the two clubs scheduled for March 13 had been postponed due to a large number of Covid cases in the Parisian workforce causing a certain bitterness on the side of OL.

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