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Lyon take the advantage in the WCL semifinals after a blunder from Votikova of PSG

PSG took the lead but Lyon capitalized on mistakes and Catarina Macario scored twice to take a 3-2 lead in the upcoming second leg (Author: Gardener)

LyonLyon took advantage of Barbora Votikova's pathetic goalkeeper to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 at home in a lively Women's Champions League semi-final first leg on Sunday. A brace from Catarina Macario and a penalty from Wendie Renard, the first player to play 100 games in the competition, gave the seven-time champions a slight advantage ahead of next Saturday's second leg in Paris. PSG took the lead after six minutes when Katoto defeated Christiane Endler at the near post after dribbling around a slow Renard. However, Lyon equalized through Renard, who converted a penalty after Melvine Malard was brought down by Votikova in the 23rd minute. Hegerberg's gentle first touch to concede a sad goal kick from Votikova allowed her to set Macario up for Lyon's second goal with a superb through ball in the 34th minute. Votikova's nightmare continued after the break when she failed to control the ball in a mix-up with her defenders, allowing Macario to score from close range five minutes into the second half. PSG pulled one back in the 58th minute when Dudek scored a penalty after a handball from Malard. Defending champions Barcelona defeated Wolfsburg 5-1 in the first leg on Friday.

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Soccer-Lyon beat PSG 3-2 in the first leg of the Women's Champions League semifinals

Soccer-Lyon beat PSG 3-2 in the first leg of the Women's Champions League semifinals (Author: Gardener)

Soccer-LyonLYON, France (Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais made the best of a pathetic goalkeeper from Barbora Votikova to defeat Paris St Germain 3-2 at home in a lively Champions League semi-final first leg on Sunday. A brace from Catarina Macario and a penalty from Wendie Renard, the first player to play 100 games in the competition, gave the seven-time champions a slight lead ahead of next Saturday's second leg in Paris. PSG, who paid full price for two mistakes by Votikova, scored through Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Paulina Dudek. PSG took the lead after six minutes when Katoto defeated Christiane Endler at the near post after dribbling around a slow Renard. However, Lyon equalized through Renard, who converted a penalty after Melvine Malard was brought down by Votikova in the 23rd minute. Hegerberg's gentle first touch to concede a sad goal kick from Votikova allowed her to set Macario up for Lyon's second goal with a superb through ball in the 34th minute. Votikova's nightmare continued after the break when she failed to control the ball after a mess with her defenders, allowing Macario to score from close range five minutes into the second half. PSG pulled one back in the 58th minute when Dudek scored a penalty after a handball from Malard.

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Lyon beat PSG 3-2 in the Champions League semi-final first leg

Olympique Lyonnais took advantage of Barbora Votikova's pathetic goalkeeper to defeat Paris St Germain 3-2 at home in a lively women's semi-final first leg on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

LyonSoccer Football - Women's Champions League - Semi-Finals - First Leg - Olympique Lyonnais v Paris St Germain - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - April 24, 2022 Olympique Lyonnais' Delphine Cascarino in action with Paris Saint-Germain's Sakina Karchaoui REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Soccer Football Soccer Football - Women's Champions League - Semi-Finals - First Leg - Olympique Lyonnais v Paris St Germain - Groupama stadium, Lyon, France - April 24, 2022 Olympique Lyonnais' Delphine Cascarino in action with Paris Saint-Germain's Sakina Karchaoui REUTERS/Stephane Mahe LYON, France, April 24 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais took advantage of the paltry goalkeeper of Barbora Votikova to defeat Paris St Germain 3-2 at home in a lively Champions League semi-final first leg on Sunday. A brace from Catarina Macario and a penalty from Wendie Renard, the first player to play 100 games in the competition, gave the seven-time champions a slight lead ahead of next Saturday's second leg in Paris. PSG took the lead after six minutes when Katoto defeated Christiane Endler at the near post after dribbling around a slow Renard. However, Lyon equalized through Renard, who converted a penalty after Melvine Malard was brought down by Votikova in the 23rd minute. Hegerberg's gentle first touch to concede a sad goal kick from Votikova allowed her to set Macario up for Lyon's second goal with a superb through ball in the 34th minute. Votikova's nightmare continued after the break when she failed to control the ball after a mess with her defenders, allowing Macario to score from close range five minutes into the second half. PSG pulled one back in the 58th minute when Dudek scored a penalty after a handball from Malard.

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Neymar, PSG players call on fans to leave the stadium early

"It was surreal that part of the crowd left the stands: 'You'll get tired of whistling because I have three years left on my contract.'" The... (Author: Gardener)

NeymarThe Paris Saint-Germain Ultras exited the club's 1-1 draw with Lens before Saturday's game came to an end, a game in which the side clinched a record-breaking 10th Ligue 1 title. A number of PSG players called out to the club's supporters after the game. "It was surreal that part of the crowd left the stands," Neymar told ESPN, before referring to the jeers of PSG crowds earlier in the season after the club were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16. Speaking to Canal+ (h/t ESPN), defender Marquinhos added: "The atmosphere is a shame. Winning Ligue 1 is for PSG, the eight of the last ten domestic titles has become old hat. The 10th title tied Marseille and Saint-Etienne for the most in La Liga history. But Champions League success has continued to elude the side, a disappointment for fans , even amid the league title."I'm not disappointed. If [the Ultras] want to party, they can do that; they don't want to, so they don't," Kylian Mbappe told Canal+.It's a minority who left .They are not representative of all supporters, but rather a minority.We celebrated among ourselves in the dressing room;The only thing missing was the trophy.

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Women's Champions League semi-final first leg - live!

Minute-by-minute report: Who will triumph in the all-France showdown and set foot in the Women's Champions League final? Find out with Alex Hess (Author: Gardener)

Women's Champions LeagueThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute-by-minute report: Who will triumph in the all-France showdown and set foot in the Women's Champions League final? Cascarino runs to the right and takes out Malard, whose shot is saved by Votikova. 18 mins: Lyon survive a number of corners before PSG intelligently attack from open play. Dabritz feeds Katoto, whose square ball towards Diani is finally intercepted by a skidding Renard. 16 mins: It's now PSG in attack, Fazer comes forward on the right and selects an extremely confident Katoto who attempts a half volley on the spin but slices it high and wide. PSG take the lead with the first real attack of the game. Buchanan is the culprit for Lyon trying to overwork at right-back when Baltimore strikes, stealing the ball from her and sending it at Katoto's feet. The forward spins, dances around Renard and slides a cheeky finish into Endler's near post. Paris Saint Germain's Marie-Antoinette Katoto scores her side's first goal. 14 mins: Lyon redouble their attacking efforts, Macario slides down the right and fires in a cross that is cut off well by an alert Dudek. 10 mins: That goal is presumably offside after a long VAR check and from kick off Lyon regain their position and camp in the PSG half. But their game takes place in front of the external defense. PSG skipper Geyoro gets the first caution of the game for bundling over Horan, who escaped on the counterattack. 5 mins: Commanding Votikova would do well to call for a swinging cross from Bacha. Lyon bounce back though, Carpenter and Horan connecting far down the right before Cascarino slices a cross up and back into Votikova's hands. 2 mins: Diani shuffles past her marker in midfield and hisses a ball into the feet of Katoto, who fails to put her under her spell. 1 min: And we're gone. Lyon gets the ball rolling and attacks well on the left before Horan lands at the end of a low cross but fails to connect cleanly. The teams are out and the faces of the game are put on as the players line up for the Champions League anthem. A big day for Wendie Renard, who is making her 100th appearance in the competition - the first player in history to do so. Here's what happened two days ago in the other semi-final first leg. For the sixth time in eight years, the two greats are in the knockout stages of the women's Champions League - with as little difference as ever. Last year PSG prevailed on away goals, the year before Lyon won a nerve-wracking game 1-0 en route to the Cup. Seven-time winners Lyon may go into this clash as marginal favorites: they are five points clear of PSG in the league and can boast a 6-1 win over their rivals in November - albeit with an early red card for Ashley Lawrence that day could mean that result, a suspicion confirmed when the Parisians won 3-0 in the Coup de France in January. Both sides reached the last four in dramatic fashion, Lyon rebounding from a first-leg deficit to defeat Juventus and PSG needed a heroic overtime winner from Ramona Bachmann to prevail against Bayern Munich.

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PSG's record-breaking 10th French title tastes bittersweet

Reaching a milestone title wasn't enough for some Paris Saint-Germain fans. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchPSG's Lionel Messi shoots a free kick during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday April 23, 2022. PSG's Lionel Messi, left, and PSG's Neymar prepare for a Free kick ahead during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, April 23, 2022. PSG fans support their team during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday April 23, 2022. The sign on the French flag reads 'Kylian Mbappe, your shirt is illuminated'. PSG's Neymar, centre, and Lens' goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca challenge for the ball during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday April 23, 2022. Achieving a milestone title was The is not enough for some Paris Saint-Germain fans. Even as their team clinched a record-breaking 10th French league title late on Saturday, angry fans preferred to express themselves before the end of the 1-1 draw with Lens to celebrate the title outside the Parc des Princes without the players. "I don't understand these things because in football you win and you lose," said PSG midfielder Marco Verratti. Since being acquired by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011, PSG has been the most dominant club in France, having won eight of the last ten titles. Kylian Mbappe didn't have his shooting shoes on against Lens but he was the driving force behind PSG's most recent title and led the league with 22 goals and 14 assists. The French forward was arguably the most valuable player at club and league, outshining his teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar. Messi needed time to adjust in his first season in the French league after two decades in Spain and still made a significant contribution with four goals and 13 assists. Neymar struggled with fitness issues early in the season and was then sidelined for more than two months with an ankle injury. But the Brazilian forward ends the season on a strong note, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. When Mbappe, Messi or Neymar couldn't make the difference, their teammates got on board. Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria scored to win PSG 2-1 over Lille in October. This is Mauricio Pochettino's first league title. The Argentina coach guided PSG to second place last season after replacing Thomas Tuchel in the winter. Pochettino failed to execute the high-energy style of football he was known for at Tottenham in the English Premier League, especially with attacking players looking like passengers in some games. In a way, the French league has become too small for PSG. With international players in all positions, PSG pretty much runs a fishing trawler while the other French clubs still use fishing rods. But for fans, the season has felt like a step backwards as PSG were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 after reaching the final in 2020 and the semifinals in 2021. Catching Messi among other top signings last summer has raised significant expectations of finally winning Europe's biggest club title. Fans booed PSG heavily in their 3-0 win over Bordeaux in March, just days after PSG lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 games. PSG won the first leg 1-0 and led 1-0 in the second leg as Real Madrid scored three goals in 17 minutes. It was a mental breakdown similar to the 6-1 second-leg defeat to Barcelona in 2017 that rendered the 4-0 first-leg win meaningless. "We've had a difficult season since losing to Real Madrid," said PSG sporting director Leonardo. After the win over Bordeaux, PSG supporters continued to protest at the Parc des Princes, keeping their side silent and refusing to support them with chants. Despite Saturday's French league title, the players were booed at half-time for not being convincing enough. The anger was directed not only at the players, but also at the owners and Leonardo, who questioned their vision and policies. The club signed Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma despite already having world-class goalkeeper Keylor Navas and good backups Sergio Rico and Alphonse Areola. Likewise, Georginio Wijnaldum was a regular starter at Liverpool but proved ill-suited to PSG's football brand. Wijnaldum has only made 17 starts in the club's 34 league games. Sergio Ramos has also been signed despite his final season at Real Madrid being marred by injuries. Ramos was recruited to help PSG shine in the Champions League but the Spanish veteran didn't even play in the competition due to a calf injury and has made just nine appearances in the French league. The club face a major task to mend deteriorating relationships with their supporters, some of whom believe titles aren't everything.

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Neymar proposes 'surreal' boycott to PSG fans

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar has lashed out at the club's fans for their early exit before clinching the Ligue 1 title on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarParis Saint-Germain striker Neymar has lashed out at the club's fans for leaving the stadium early ahead of their bid to secure the Ligue 1 title on Saturday. PSG drew 1-1 at home to Lens, enough to seal their 10th league title, but the club's Ultras left the game with 15 minutes to go rather than celebrate with the players. - You don't have ESPN? - Sources: PSG positive about recent Mbappe talks When asked if the fans left before the end of the game, Neymar told ESPN Argentina: "It was surreal that part of the crowd left the stands. They will fed up with whistling because I still have three years of contract." Earlier this season, following PSG's dramatic collapse against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, the Brazil international was snubbed alongside team-mate Lionel Messi from his own fans. PSG captain Marquinhos also questioned the club's supporters' decision, telling Canal Plus: "The atmosphere is a shame. I know they were disappointed with Madrid but at some point you have to move on.” PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has been less critical of the fanbase after clinching the first league title of his coaching career. "We're going through a difficult time with the fans and we hope it gets better," he said. But we have to show respect for this title." Kylian Mbappe, who won the fifth Ligue 1 title of his short career, insisted the fans who left the stadium were in the minority. “I'm not disappointed, if [the Ultras] want to party, they can; they don't want to, so they don't do it," he told Canal Plus. "The audience was there, it's a minority that left. They don't represent all the fans, they're more of a minority. The stadium was full. We celebrated in the dressing room, the only thing missing was the trophy."

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Neymar proposes 'surreal' boycott to PSG fans

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar has lashed out at the club's fans for their early exit before clinching the Ligue 1 title on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarParis Saint-Germain striker Neymar has lashed out at the club's fans for leaving the stadium early ahead of their bid to secure the Ligue 1 title on Saturday. PSG drew 1-1 at home to Lens, enough to seal their 10th league title, but the club's Ultras left the game with 15 minutes to go rather than celebrate with the players. - You don't have ESPN? - Sources: PSG positive about recent Mbappe talks When asked if the fans left before the end of the game, Neymar told ESPN Argentina: "It was surreal that part of the crowd left the stands. They will fed up with whistling because I still have three years of contract." Earlier this season, following PSG's dramatic collapse against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, the Brazil international was snubbed alongside team-mate Lionel Messi from his own fans. PSG captain Marquinhos also questioned the club's supporters' decision, telling Canal Plus: "The atmosphere is a shame. I know they were disappointed with Madrid but at some point you have to move on.” PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has been less critical of the fanbase after clinching the first league title of his coaching career. "We're going through a difficult time with the fans and we hope it gets better," he said. But we have to show respect for this title." Kylian Mbappe, who won the fifth Ligue 1 title of his short career, insisted the fans who left the stadium were in the minority. “I'm not disappointed, if they [the Ultras] want to party, they can; they don't want to, so they don't do it," he told Canal Plus. "The audience was there, it's a minority that left. They don't represent all the fans, they're more of a minority. The stadium was full. We celebrated in the dressing room, the only thing missing was the trophy."

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Mbappé on PSG fans booing Ligue 1 title win

Paris Saint-Germain fans left the Parc des Princes in protest at the club's management before the side clinched a 10th Ligue 1 title on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

MbappéKylian Mbappé and Neymar applaud PSG fans after Mauricio Pochettino's side won the title against Lens at Parc des Princes. Kylian Mbappé says he understands the fan protests during Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw with Lens on Saturday that sealed the 10th Ligue 1 title. PSG clinched the French league title with four games to go by the point against a 10-man side from Lens who equalized in the 88th minute through Corentin Jean. The home fans began the exit in the 75th minute in protest at the club's leadership, while the final whistle was greeted with boos in parts of the Parc des Princes. Mbappé, 23, believes that while anger at the club's eventual failure to win the Champions League despite significant investment in the squad this season is understandable, there is a need to move on. I, no, I adapt," Mbappé said. They were disappointed, we totally understand them, but it's still a month since it happened [from the Champions League]. “They wanted to send a message, the club understood. You decide, we're not the ones to tell you whether to party or not. With 22 goals and 15 assists in 31 league games this season, Mbappé has now secured his fifth Ligue 1 title following his 2018 World Cup triumph on the list of team honors. While there is speculation as to whether the France international will stay at PSG as his contract expires at the end of the season, his ever-growing list of team and individual achievements is not lost on him. Ultimately, Mbappé says he and his teammates found solace in PSG's dressing room as fans celebrated in front of the stadium. "Maybe I'll stay and we won't win. I'm enjoying the moment, it's my fifth title. “We were very happy, we celebrated in the dressing room. I think people were happy to be there. It's not because a minority of fans left, they don't represent all PSG supporters. After that we wanted to get closer, meet between the players to celebrate in the dressing room.”

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Soccer-Mbappe is key to PSG's future after an outstanding season

Soccer-Mbappe is key to PSG's future after an outstanding season (Author: Gardener)

seasonPARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe started the Ligue 1 season amid boos from crowds at the Parc des Princes, but his stunning performances were eventually won back by fans as the French striker pushed the club to a record-breaking tenth place led flight title. After wanting to leave the club a season before his contract expired, the 23-year-old became the butt of fans' ire. Instead, he was the only player beyond reproach in a season that saw PSG again eliminated early in the Champions League and squandered a 2-0 aggregate lead in just 15 minutes in the last 16 against Real Madrid. That disappointment left fans frustrated and angry at the whole team - except for Mbappe who scored both goals in the tie. He is the only player to have won the Ultras at Parc des Princes and is expected to finish the season as the first player to lead in both goals and assists. So far he has scored 22 goals and assisted 14, meaning he has played a direct role in nearly 50% of PSG's league goals, eclipsing both Neymar and Lionel Messi, who have played supporting roles with sometimes mediocre performances. Neymar has struggled again with injuries and has shown his talent only sporadically, while Messi, who caused a stir last season, is yet to fully adjust to a new league and team. The Argentina striker has 13 assists but scored just four in Ligue 1, leaving Mbappe alone in the spotlight. Whether they will do better next season is unclear as Mbappe's contract expires in June. Talks are ongoing in Doha, where owners Qatar Sport Investment are based, but sporting director Leonardo said he doesn't know if Mbappe will sign a new contract with the club. He's deep in thought," Leonardo said after Saturday's 1-1 draw with RC Lens that gave PSG the Ligue 1 title with four games to go. "I don't think he's made up his mind yet. He knows what we want, we know what he's thinking. So I think it's a matter of timing. He thinks deeply to make the best decision.

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