UWCL Roundup: Morgan, Lyon through; Carli next?

The Equalizer Staff March 29, 2017 34
Alex Morgan and Lyon are heading to the UWCL semifinals. Will she run up against Carli Lloyd when she gets there?

Alex Morgan and Lyon are heading to the UWCL semifinals. Will she run up against Carli Lloyd when she gets there?

Lyon moved through to the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals on Wednesday despite falling 1-0 at home to Wolfsburg. Caroline Graham Hansen’s 82nd-minute penalty accounted for the only goal of the evening and cut the aggregate to 2-1, but Wolfsburg were unable to muster an equalizer to send the tie to extra time. Alex Morgan put in another full 90 for Lyon and could meet U.S. teammate Carli Lloyd in next month’s semifinals. Lloyd and Manchester City host Fortuna on Thursday and will carry a 1-0 lead into the 2nd leg.

Wolfsburg veteran Anna Blasse was sent off deep in stoppage time for taking her second booking. She will be suspended whenever her team next appears in a Champions League match.

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Lyon are now into the last four of both the Champions League and French Cup to go with their place on top of the league table. The French giants are bidding to win the treble for the second year in a row.

In other Wednesday UEFA Women’s Champions League activity:

Barcelona 2-0 Rosegard (3-0 on aggregate): Jennifer Hermoso’s 52nd minute goal had Barcelona well on their way to becoming the first Spanish side to reach the semifinals of Europe’s continental club championship. Hermoso’s goal doubled the aggregate after Barca had won 1-0 in Sweden last week. Mariona Caldentey applied the final touch with a stoppage-time goal. Marta, Ali Riley, and Ella Masar McLeod all played the full 90 for Rosengard, but the Swedish side was unable to get a shot on target. Erin McLeod dressed as the backup keeper, having sufficiently recovered from an ACL tear suffered in her debut for the club last year.

Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Bayern Munich (4-1 on aggregate): The hosts overturned a deficit on the aggregate in the first 12 minutes, led 3-0 on the day at halftime and were comfortable in the end to set up a semifinal class against Barcelona. Marie-Laure Delie sored 4 minutes into the match to erase Bayern’s 1-0 result last week, and Cristiane put PSG ahead in the tie at 12 minutes. Shirley Cruz added a goal near the end of the half, and Cristiane struck again not long after play restarted.

  • guest

    Morgan is terrible. She couldn’t score against Wolfsburg. Start Christen Press.

    Oh wait…

    • truf

      If only Ohai were on this Lyon side!

    • guest

      sorry. christen press is already a club starter for a top nwsl team and a top league goal scorer.

      • HOFCToDi

        If you had not noticed, not one player rostered during 2016 NWSL Season played in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

        • Steglitz49

          but some Canadians played in the SF, maybe the odd Brazilian too

    • guest

      alex morgan is saving her goals for the french cupcake league.

    • Steglitz49

      Waiting for Godot?

    • HOFCToDi

      Poor Pressie Pooh! Nobody in Europe wants you!

      • guest

        She scored two on Houston yesterday. Meanwhile Morgan is still off the scoreboard in France.

        • Steglitz49

          A Houston without ….

        • guest

          Morgan’s performance against WOB without scoring >>> Scoring a pk and a goal against Houston. Morgan wasn’t even playing as a striker for the game.

          • Steglitz49

            “WOB” looks so odd. I am used to calling them Shewolves for short.

            I think it is Wölfinnen in German, which is about as long.

        • HOFCToDi

          Nobody cares about Christen Press. FIFA does not dole out World Cup Trophies for beating up on overrated NWSL teams during preseason.

          • Steglitz49

            I would turn it around and look at it from a different angle.

            We have had the QFs of the ladies Champions League. Now follows the SFs of the FA women’s Cup and Champions League and then on May13th and June 1st the Finals.

            Then we get a breather and then we are off to Holland for Euro-17.

            No rest for the wicked and the wickedness WoSo style is all in the laps of Europe. No bull.

  • Ashley C

    Only caught the last 15 minute or so of Lyon/Wolfsburg but watched PSG/Bayern. Great atmosphere and turnaround from PSG. Cristiane was fantastic. Was unplayable tbh. Cruz and Lawrence both had another strong performance. Bayern’s defending was god awful. Ellis should pay attention to the way Lair gets his team to counter.

    Record crowd for PSG at Parc des Princes of nearly 14,000. Seemed like a great atmosphere for the players. At least one team in Paris got the job done huh.

    La communion entre les #Parisiennes et les supporters du Parc ! 🔥🙏🔴🔵 #StillAlive pic.twitter.com/aIRtHsqWTZ— PSG Féminines (@PSG_Feminines) March 29, 2017

    • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch

      Exactment, treize mille sept cent soixante-quartorze!


    • Steglitz49

      There was a for WoSo record crowd of 14,128 in the Stade de Lyon. Caroline Graham Hansen scored a penalty for Wolfsburg with 8 minutes left after Kadeisha Buchanan — who else? — had fouled Pernille Harder. Then Blässe was sent off for a 2nd yellow card. Game over.

      • Ethan

        It was a pretty rough two legs for Blässe.

    • kernel_thai

      So no German club makes the last four…that’s a bit of a shock and a call for some type of seedling as opposed to a random draw. If nothing else they could have at least put the two finalists from 2016 on opposite sides of the draw/

  • truf

    Dear Equalizer… If you’re not going to give us any detail on the matches you “cover” here, please include links to the leagues homepage, so we don’t have to go on a wild goose chase to find out who started, shots on goal, etc. etc…. #lazyjournalism.

    • mockmook

      I think the EQ sometimes avoids links so we don’t see how much of an article is really a recap of another article on another site — IOW, no original content.

    • Steglitz49

      The results are not up on Wikipedia yet. There are reports on the UEFA site, though.

  • toak

    Great night for women’s football, attendance records in Paris and Lyon – tight, good effort by Wolfsburg – and Barcelona taking another step up should mean a lot for the interest in that club and women’s football in Spain.

  • Tom F

    here are high lights of the Lyon vs Wolfsburg game The refs needed to do a better job on this one, but still top quality game on this one. On paper, Lyon is probably the strongest team in the world, and that includes NT’s, but Wolfsburg does a pretty good job of hanging in there(they win the gamer but loose the series). Sad that I can’t find a replay anywhere of this game

    • Steglitz49

      The ref allowed too much muscular play.

      • sudeep das

        But what happened to Lyon – probably the worst they have played. Very lucky to get away with a lone goal deficit.

        • Steglitz49

          Luck favours the brave!

  • guest

    Morgan didn’t score but she more than made up for it with her playmaking and defense work. Her work rate is phenomenal.

    • Steglitz49

      Hear hear!

  • Steglitz49

    It is Carli next. Carli’s and Kosse’s Man City take on Alex’s and Kadeisha’s Lyon in one SF. The other SF is PSG vs Barcelona.

    European WoSo is in control of the wealthy men’s clubs. Order has been restored in EU soccer.