Europe 1 with AFP 00:16, March 23, 2023

The women of Paris Saint-Germain back to the wall. The Parisian players lost at home to Wolfsburg (1-0) in the quarter-finals first leg of the Champions League. The Parisiennes suffered an exclusion and a penalty in the space of six minutes, minutes that tipped the match.

Paris Saint-Germain, reduced to ten for more than thirty minutes and after dominating, lost to Wolfsburg (1-0) on Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Women's Champions League, in a sparsely stocked but quite noisy Parc des Princes. The situation is complicated for the Parisiennes, who will necessarily have to win in Germany next Thursday to reach the last four of the competition, which they have reached the last three years (2020, 2021, 2022).

Reduced to ten at the hour of play, because of a hand in the box of the French defender Elisa De Almeida, warned for the second time of the match, the Parisiennes conceded a penalty. In front of the 18,000 Parisian fans including noisy ultras and against the course of the game, Dominique Janssen converted the penalty, whistled after viewing the VAR, from a low shot that caught Sarah Bouhaddi (62).

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Penalty cancelled

Just before, a penalty finally cancelled by VAR had been whistled in favor of PSG: the left side Sakina Karchaoui, launched at full speed, had been hooked by the knee of Marina Hegering and the English referee ruled that there was no foul after reviewing the images of the action. Despite the numerical inferiority, the partners of captain Grace Geyoro, qualified for the final of the France Cup and currently second in the Championship, were the first in the duels and kept their foot on the ball, without creating any real chances.

The last defeat of PSG dates back to December 22, 2022 in the Champions League against Chelsea (0-3). Since then, Paris has remained on nine matches without defeat. Announced absent, the star of the German team, midfielder Lena Oberdorf played almost the entire match, without weighing too much, as did the other German star, striker Alexandra Popp, who was well taken by the Parisiennes.

The Lyonnaises, defending champions, also lost Wednesday (1-0) against the Blues of Chelsea, who fell to PSG in the group stage (1-0 and 3-0). On Tuesday night, Barcelona, winners 1-0 in Rome, and Bayern, who won by the same score at home against Arsenal, took a small option on qualification.