This Thursday morning LOL navigates between “a lot of frustration and anger” for Amandine Henry and “a great disappointment” for sonia bompastor. How could the Lyonnaises miss out, on Wednesday in Turin, on this beautiful option that extended his arms to them in the first leg of the quarterfinals? Champions League against Juventus (from 0-1 to 2-1)? This is the question they will be asking until the second leg, on March 31 (9pm) at Parc OL, where Wendie Renard’s gang will clearly be in danger.
However, Lyon quickly took the lead on Wednesday thanks to a fine header from their young American. Catarina Macario (0-1, 8th). But finally deprived of Ada Hegerberg (ill), the Lyonnaises could not protect themselves during a fairly controlled first hour of play. And “the turning point of the match” (dixit Sonia Bompastor) then came with a blunder by Australian Ellie Carpenter at center circle.
Ellie Carpenter’s ‘fatal’ red card
Surprised by a very high rebound after a dismissal from Turin, she was caught in her control, despite a few seconds of advantage at the start, by Valentina Cernoia. She then forced to hook the Italian attacking midfielder, who was spinning only in goal, ellie carpenter he was logically expelled (62nd). “We ran much more behind the ball because of this red card,” summarizes her teammate Delphine Cascarino. It was fatal for us. “As fatal as Sarah Bouhaddi’s fever, that she was unable to take advantage of the injury of the starting goalkeeper Christiane Endler, injured in her right knee.
Back from January from his loan to OL Reign, he was in the first place at the origin of Juve’s only big chance in the first period, signing a catastrophic raise directly over Wendie Renard, which Lina almost took advantage of. Then, at 10v11, Sarah Bouhaddi failed to reassure her team, letting out a harmless cross, before colliding with Arianna Caruso. Cristiana Girelli took advantage of this ball to equalize and relaunch the double confrontation (1-1, 72nd).
“We all have to question ourselves and remobilize ourselves”
The coup de grâce came from a disagreement between two equally experienced players, Wendie Renard and Lindsey Horan, which resulted in a goal from Agnese Bonfantini (2-1, 83rd). After a 2020-2021 season without winning a single trophy, OL will be under pressure next week. The tough elimination in the Coupe de France against PSG (3-0) and the intriguing draw (1-1) at Saint-Etienne in D1 had already highlighted the fragility of this group at the beginning of the year, after a first almost perfect part of the season.
Elimination in the quarterfinals of the Champions League would be a great failure for the Lyon team, which is clearly aiming to win its 8th European title. “There is still a second leg to go and we all have to question ourselves, remobilize ourselves, warns Delphine Cascarino. It is in the difficulty that we see the great teams. It will therefore be the ideal time to react, on March 31 at Parc OL.