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.
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.
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