PSG 3-1 Manchester United (4-2 agg): Women’s Champions League – live | Women’s Champions League
Champions League group stage: Chelsea will be the WSL’s only representative in the 16-team draw, which takes place on Friday. Here are the pots – Benfica’s game isn’t finished yet, but they’re 11-0 up on aggregate, so I think we can call it.
Pot 1: Barcelona, Lyon, Bayern Munich, Chelsea.
Pot 2: PSG, Slavia Prague, Real Madrid, Rosengård.
Pot 3: St Pölten, Benfica, Häcken, Roma.
Pot 4: Ajax, Paris FC, Eintracht Frankfurt, Brann.
“Maybe deluded as United were second best, but felt like that Galton goal could have been a turning point for the game,” writes Christa Orchard. “Not sure why the United players didn’t protest more with the referee.”
I guess it wouldn’t have changed her mind, but United can certainly feel hard done by – and you wonder what VAR would have done, had it been in use. On MUTV, Siobhan Chamberlain – a former keeper – calls the decision “very, very soft”.
PSG clear, and that’s that. The hosts advance to the group stages, and Manchester United’s first European campaign ends with an early exit.
95 mins: Time ticking away as PSG deal with a long ball and then close Geyse down. Galton’s effort is blocked, and United have a last-gasp corner.
94 mins: Toone hits the post! A long ball ricochets into Ella Toone’s path, and her acrobatic effort clatters the post. It’s not going to be United’s night. For PSG, Ana Vitória replaces Baltimore, scorer of that superb third goal.
93 mins: The away fans still believe, a chant of “United!” filling the nervous silence around the rest of the ground. Still, the visitors need two goals in three minutes to avoid elimination.
91 mins: Zelem’s diagonal pass finds Galton, who turns and shoots from eight yards – but it’s straight at Kiedrzynek!
90 mins: We’ll have six minutes of added time. PSG really haven’t created anything since going 3-1 up, but they’re holding on.
88 mins: Time running out for United, but they get a free kick that Le Tissier can loft in from deep. Rachel Williams hares after it, but it’s easy enough for Kiedrzynek to claim.
86 mins: Chawinga’s day is done, having created both goals for Martens. She is replaced by Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
85 mins: Geyse is upended just outside the area, but the referee waves play on, curiously. Garcia is then flagged offside incorrectly, adding to United’s ire with the officials.
“Just wanted to say that Häcken beat Twente and are through to the group stage! So happy for the team! And just amazing that Felicia Schröder scored the winner, she’s only 16” writes Håkan Burden.
82 mins: Rachel Williams, who has a penchant for late goals, is on for Riviere as Skinner goes for broke. Earps is able to carry on but still looks to be in some discomfort.
81 mins: Zelem with another chance to deliver from a corner – but the short ball is intercepted. At the other end, Earps is down with cramp. Skinner takes the chance to gather his players for a final team talk.
79 mins: Accepted wisdom before this game was that United would need to soak up pressure and be clinical on the break. In the end, it’s PSG who have done that – United have had more shots on goal, and more of the ball, particularly in this second half.
77 mins: Gah, another chance goes begging for United here. García pounces on a defensive error but with Geyse alongside her, she plays a hesitant pass and the Brazilian is crowded out by three PSG defenders. United simply have to take one of these opportunities soon.
75 mins: That disallowed goal, and a subsequent spell where Kiedrzynek stayed on the deck, have sapped some of United’s momentum. Geyse gets things moving again, playing a one-two with García and forcing a corner. It’s powered towards Turner at the back post, but collected by the keeper.
72 mins: Martens is replaced by Ramona Bachmann, and isn’t happy with being hauled off while on a hat-trick. By the way, the PSG manager – Jocelyn Prêcheur – replaced his father, Gérard Prêcheur, in the role last month.
71 mins: After trying to unpick the PSG defence, United go for the aerial route – and Galton gets in front of Kiedrzynek to head Zelem’s long ball home! But wait – the whistle is blown for a foul on the keeper. Replays suggest that’s a harsh decision – Galton didn’t appear to make any contact – Kiedrzynek may have got away with one there.
69 mins: Oof! Zelem goes low for the near post, and Kiedrzynek has to be on high alert to tip the ball behind. The corner doesn’t come to anything, but United are still threatening.
68 mins: More fantastic close control from Geyse, who turns Geyoro and wins the free kick, a couple of yards outside the D.
67 mins: At the other end, Chawinga bursts clear down the left and sends in a dangerous cross, but Le Tissier is on hand to head away.
66 mins: The two substitutes are involved straight away, García holding up well before a one-two with Miyazawa – but PSG have numbers back to crowd their opponents out.
65 mins: It’s now a very attacking line-up for the visitors, but needs must with 25 minutes to find two goals. On the other hand, all three of PSG’s goals have come on the counter, so a balance is required.
64 mins: Grace Geyoro, who headed that corner away, needs treatment but is OK to continue. United make changes, with Lucía García and Hinata Miyazawa replacing Naalsund and Malard.
62 mins: Geyse’s near-post shot is deflected behind. From a short corner, Zelem’s ball in is cleared, but the captain gets it back. Her next ball in is just flicked away from Naalsund at the far post – and the subsequent corner is cleared.
60 mins: Geyse, United’s best attacking threat by a distance, gets space for another shot but fires straight at Kiedrzynek.
59 mins: A goalmouth scramble at the other end leads to a United corner, but Zelem can’t get the delivery right.
This might be the game – and it’s a fine solo goal from Sandy Baltimore! From Karchaoui’s pass, she takes on Blundell down the right, cuts in to the byline and with no options in the middle, lifts the ball over Earps and in off the far post. I’m not sure if she meant it, but that’s an outrageous finish either way.
55 mins: Another decent chance for United, with Geyse cutting inside and blasting her shot at Kiedrzynek. PSG break, but the tireless Chawinga eventually runs out of space, and Earps collects.
“PSG must be popular on social media because they’re getting plenty of Liekes.” Thank you for your service, Peter Oh.
54 mins: Chawinga races on to a long pass from what looks an offside position – but it’s a nervous few seconds for the United defence before the assistant raises her flag.
52 mins: Clumsy control from Zelem, but the ball hits the corner flag (we love to see it) and United scramble away for a PSG throw. Chawinga, a constant thorn in her opponents’ side, advances into the area but is penalised for a shirt pull.
50 mins: Well, that was a lively start – and United almost strike straight back! A lovely ball from Leah Galton starts the move, and the ball is cut back to Blundell, whose curling shot is tipped wide by Kiedrzynek. United are very much still in this game.
Oh, wow. A dream start to the second half for United is followed by a nightmare response to getting level. Chawinga gets free down the left again, shakes off Le Tissier and cuts back to Martens, who drills her shot beyond Earps!
Oh, wow! United are level on the night, and on aggregate! Geyse caused havoc down the right before pulling back a low cross, fired home by Lisa Naalsund. Game on!
We’re back, and with no changes. Élisa De Almeida, who looked to be struggling with a knee problem before half time, is able to continue.
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The hosts are good value for their lead, earned when Lieke Martens struck on the rebound after 18 minutes. United have been second-best but have had chances, with Ella Toone firing wide late in the half. A goal for the visitors could change everything. Back soon.
46 mins: More good work from Geyse makes space for Naalsund, whose reverse pass rolls beyond Ella Toone.
45 mins: Two added minutes.
44 mins: De Almeida got back well to put Toone under pressure, but appears to have hurt her knee in the process. At the other end, Malard’s challenge on Karchaoui goes unpunished, much to the PSG wing-back’s annoyance.
42 mins: From nowhere, United get their best chance of the half – but Ella Toone can’t take it! De Almeida’s misplaced pass lands to Geyse, who waits and plays the ball into Toone’s path. From a narrow angle, she takes a touch but drags her low shot wide of the far post.
41 mins: Chawinga continues to menace the United defence, and Riviere is lucky her lunge in the penalty area doesn’t connect with the forward. Mary Earps flaps at Chawinga’s cross but gets enough on the ball, and United clear …
39 mins: Malard involved again, getting past Geyoro in midfield and winning a free-kick in a promising position – but they can’t find a gap in this sturdy PSG defence.
38 mins: Malard has a shot on the half-turn, some 25 yards out. It’s well hit but bends away from the near post.