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Lyon claim advantage in WCL semi-final after blunders by PSG’s Votikova | Women’s Champions League

Lyon made the most of some woeful goalkeeping by Barbora Votikova to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 at home in a lively Women’s Champions League semi-final first leg on Sunday.

Catarina Macario’s double and a penalty by Wendie Renard, who became the first player to make 100 appearances in the competition, gave the seven-time champions a slight edge before the return leg in Paris next Saturday.

PSG, who paid the full price for two Votikova blunders, scored through Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Paulina Dudek. Votikova, however, partly made up for her mistakes with a decisive save to deny Ada Hegerberg six minutes into stoppage time.

PSG went ahead on six minutes when Katoto beat Christiane Endler at the near post after dribbling around a slow Renard.

Moving the Goalposts
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Lyon, however, levelled through Renard, who slotted in a penalty after Melvine Malard was brought down by Votikova in the 23rd minute.

Hegerberg’s soft first touch to collect a woeful goalkick by Votikova allowed her to set up Macario with a delightful through pass for Lyon’s second goal in the 34th minute.

Votikova’s nightmare continued after the break when she failed to control the ball amid a mix-up with her defenders, allowing Macario to tap in from point-blank range five minutes into the second half.

PSG pulled one back in the 58th minute when Dudek scored a penalty after a handball by Malard. The winners of the tie will face either Barcelona or Wolfsburg. The defending champions Barcelona demolished Wolsfburg 5-1 in their first leg on Friday.

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